Crema catalana is a Catalan dish similar to the French crème brûlée, that is most often served cold. It is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. The custard is flavored with lemon or orange zest, and cinnamon. The sugar in crema catalana is traditionally caramelized under an iron broiler, never with a flame.
This delicious dessert may be eaten both, cold and warm; the last version though claims to make the spices and flavors more pronounced.
Crema catalana is traditionally served on Saint Joseph's Day, March 19, although nowadays it is consumed at all times of year.
This rich and creamy dessert has inspired some other Catalan dishes, including Torró de crema, consumed during Christmas time, and crema catalana liqueur. Variations of this dish can be found in other European countries such as France and Germany.
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