National caramel custard day
October 3rd, 2012
09:03 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

October 3 is National Caramel Custard Day.

Caramel custard, or crème caramel,  is a caramel-coated baked egg custard. It takes a little bit of practice to perfect, but the result is a creamy, flavorful dessert that’s well worth the dress rehearsals.

Caramelized sugar is poured into buttered ramekins and swirled around to coat the sides. After that’s cooled, an egg custard is poured into the molds and then baked in a water bath. The ramekins are tipped over onto a plate for serving, and the extra caramel forms a rich sauce around the custard. It’ll end up looking a lot like a crème brulee but without the hard top.

Because of its Spanish origin, this dessert is particularly popular in Latin America and, more surprisingly, in India, though both regions put their own twist to it. In Argentina, for example, caramel custard is served with dulce de leche (in case you hadn’t quite gotten your sugar fix for the day).

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  1. Just Curious

    What's the difference between this & Flan?

    October 3, 2012 at 10:13 am |
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