Crema Volteada, literally meaning "upside down cream", is probably better known as the Peruvian version of Crème Caramel. Sweet and rich while at the same time being so simple and somehow light, this addictive dessert is loved around the country. And even though it originally isn't Peruvian, it became one of the most popular comfort foods in the country.
While nowadays often canned sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk is found on the ingredient list of lots of recipes, the only few ingredients a good Crema Volteada needs next to the caramel sauce are fresh whole milk, eggs, sugar and some vanilla.
And as it is so easy to prepare Crema Volteada at home find below our recipe. While in Peru the Crema Volteada is often prepared in a big round baking pan with a hole in the middle to feed the big family, we from LimaEasy use ramekins.
LimaEasy's Recipe for Peruvian Crema Volteada
- 180 g sugar
- 3 tbsp. water
- squeeze of lime juice
- 500 ml fresh whole milk
- 170 g sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the caramel sauce of your Crema Volteada just combine sugar with a little bit of water
As soon the sugar is dissolved stop stirring otherwise your caramel sauce for the Crema volteada will crystalize. Add a squeeze of lime juice and let cook.
After a few minutes the sugar turns into a nice caramel sauce.
Once your caramel sauce for the Crema Volteada is getting a brownish golden color, remove immediatly from the heat.
Pour the caramel sauce into prepared ramekins and set aside to cool.
Preparation of the Caramel Sauce
Butter the sides of the 5 ramekins and set aside. Pour the sugar and 3 tablespoons of water into a stainless steel pan. Place the pot on medium heat and constantly stir with a wooden spoon. As soon the sugar is dissolved, stop stirring otherwise the sugar will crystalize. Add a squeeze of lime juice and let boil.
After a few minutes the sugar water turns into a nice caramel sauce. Once the caramel has a golden brownish color, remove from heat immediately. Make sure it's not getting too dark; else your caramel sauce tastes bitter. Quickly pour the sauce into the prepared ramekins. Set aside and let cool. Resist the temptation to taste. The caramel is dangerously hot!
For the custard of the Crema Volteada whisk the eggs and then gradually add the sugar.
As soon the sugar is dissolved add the milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir well.
The custard for the Crema Volteada is ready
Stand the prepared ramekins into a big enough oven-proof dish and pour the egg-milk mixture into them
Place ramekins in the oven-proof dish into the pre-heated oven and from the side carefully fill it with boiling water until the ramekins are covered nearly completely
After baking for around an hour this is the result: a perfect Crema Volteada
Turn the Crema Volteada upside down and serve.
Preparation of the Custard
Once your Caramel Sauce is prepared, pre-heat the oven to 175°C. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and egg yolks until well combined and creamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue whisking until it's completely dissolved. Then pour in the milk and keep whisking. Stir in the vanilla essence.
Place the ramekins with the caramel sauce into a big enough oven-proof dish and fill them with the egg-milk mixture. Place the dish into the oven and pour boiling water into it until the ramekins are nearly completely covered.
Leave to bake for around 60 minutes. When the custard is properly set, take the Crema Volteada out of the oven and remove from the dish. Set aside to cool. Once cool place in the fridge until it's time for dessert (best overnight or at least a few hours).
To serve, just carefully loosen the edges with a knife and turn upside down on a plate. Enjoy!
Often Crema Volteada is made in a round baking pan with a hole in the middle. For a 24cm baking pan double above mentioned ingredients.