Sweet, velvety cremita quickly became my favorite dessert while visiting Puebla, Mexico. It’s a simple custard-like dish thickened with cornstarch. Once home, I longed for a portion of the delicacy and literally squealed when I discovered the recipe in our packet from a cooking class we attended at Mesones Sacristía de la Compañia. However, I quickly realized that several details were missing, and set out to fill-in the blanks by preparing the dish at home.
With a little research, and some help from Mom, I was able to nail it on the first try. Mmmmmm… Admittedly, it would have tasted better after a plate of mole poblano, some mescal, and the company of my pals from #WeVisitMexico, but the flavor was there. And it certainly was a hit with my mom and sister who had never tasted the delicacy.
Cremita is easy to prepare and is sure to wow your guests and family. I like a simple garnish of a couple raisins and a dust of cinnamon, but it pairs well with fruit as well. Enjoy this recipe based on the version served at Mesones Sacristía (I just added details to the directions).
Cremita de Puebla
4 cups whole milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup corn starch
½ cup water
2 egg yolks
Ground cinnamon and raisins to garnish
- Combine milk, sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over med-high heat while stirring continuously.
- Dissolve cornstarch in water, then add egg yolks. Combine well with a whisk.
- When milk boils, remove from heat long enough to add 5-7 spoonfuls of the heated milk mixture to the egg mixture while whisking. (This step helps prevent curdling while adding the egg mixture to the milk in the next step.)
- Return the milk to the heat and slowly add the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 2 minutes.
- Serve in ramekins and garnish with 1-2 raisins and a dusting of cinnamon.
- Cool in refrigerator.
Serving tip: A thick “skin” forms over the cremita as it cools. If you don’t care for this, cool the mixture in a bowl, then remove the thick top layer and spoon into the ramekins and garnish just before serving. I suspect this is the method used in the restaurants we visited.
For more information on Puebla, Mexico, visit the blogs of my fellow #wevisitmexico travelers: Raul Pacheco (Hummingbird604.com), Ted Nelson (Traveling Ted), Mardi Michaels (Eat, Live, Travel, Write), Mike Richards (Vagabondish), Jessica Festa (Jessie on a Journey), Michael Tieso (Art of Backpacking), Lanora Mueller (Writing Travel) and Catherine Stribling (Johnny Jet).
My visit to Puebla was made possible by the Mexico Board of Tourism who provided my transportation, lodging and food. I paid for my own incidentals and extras. As always, my opinions are my own as I only recommend places and products I feel are worthwhile.