Caramel Custard Recipe with step by step pictures. Creme caramel is a popular dessert known all over the world. It is relatively simple to make using just a handful of ingredients. But there are few techniques for making the perfect creme caramel which I have shared in this post.
Caramel Custard Recipe
As promised yesterday I am delivering you the recipe which I waited so long to post. This is a recipe which is requested by one of my viewers. I actually thought of posting it before itself , but something made me to wait for this special day to post this wonderful recipe. I almost waited for a month to post this.
About Caramel Custard (Creme Caramel)
Caramel Custard is many of us favorite. It is an egg custard recipe which is served with it own caramel sauce. So good cold, but some like it warm too.
Crème caramel, flan, caramel pudding or caramel custard is a custard dessert with a layer of clear caramel sauce. This is one of most popular dessert around the world called with different names.
The taste of this depends in the caramel which you make. If you cook the caramel for a long time then this custard will turn bitter. So make the caramel carefully. I have given step by step pictures for you to understand clearly. I know you will surely try this today itself since it is so special. The time when you take the first bite is the melting moment of your heart. It was that good.
Normally making caramel custard is pretty complicated. It is baked in oven over a water bath. And setting it in fridge till it is completely cold then un moulding it and serving. I am sure it will take at least 6 to 8 hours from making to eating.
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The above two pictures of creme caramel is my attempt on recreating masterchef canada recipe. I have linked the recipe in my video post. Kindly check it.
Ingredients for Caramel Custard
Milk is the base for the custard. Use full fat milk for richer and dense custard. Low fat milk can be used in caramel custard but it doesn't provide the real taste for the custard. Some people even use addition of cream in their custard. But it is purely optional.
Next main ingredient in the making of caramel custard is sugar. It is used both in the making of caramel as well as custard. There are recipes which uses sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar. Check my mexican flan recipe.
Vanilla is one of the main flavouring in caramel custard. It adds a subtle aroma as well as flavour to the custard.
Eggs are the main ingredients which helps the custard to set. Make sure you use good quality eggs in the making. If you are looking for eggless alternative, then check my eggless caramel custard recipe.
How to Make Caramel Custard Steps
Start by making the caramel. Take sugar and water in a sauce pan.Heat it and swirl the pan to dissolve the sugar. Once it is dissolved, boil it till the colour changes golden. Pour this into the pan and set aside.
Let's make the custard. Take eggs, sugar, vanilla and whisk well. Add in milk and mix well. Strain this to a jug.
Pour this over the caramel. Now take a bigger pan and fill it half way with water. Place the caramel pan inside that pan and bake it for 45 mins.
Remove this carefully from oven. Allow it cool completely. Put into the fridge for around 3 to 5 hours.
Now release the sides with a knife and place a plate over the tin and holding the tin carefully, invert the tin.Now tap the top of the tin carefully and lift it for a lovely caramel custard. Serve chilled.
Introduction to Caramel Pudding
Caramel custard can be made in many number of ways. In this blog post there are three ways of making it. I have shared the process of making caramel custard in oven, microwave and steamer.
You can also check my other versions here
Caramel Custard Recipe (made in oven)
Caramel Custard | Creme Caramel Recipe | How to Make Caramel Pudding
- 500 ml Whole Milk
- 50 grams Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Water
- Preheat the oven to 190 Degree C / 375 Degree F.
- Start by making the caramel. In a nonstick pan add sugar and 1 tblspn of water and swirl the pan to help it to melt down.
- Let the caramel come to a boil allow it to bubble up till it turns golden brown. Don't stir the pan which results in a sticky caramel. Pour this caramel in a baking pan and spread it evenly.
- Now whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla till light and fluffy. Add in milk and mix well. Pour this through a sieve and pour it over the caramel.
- Now take a bigger pan and fill it half way with water. Place the caramel pan inside that pan and bake it for 45 mins.
- Allow it to cool a bit. Put into the fridge for around 3 hours.
- Now release the sides with a knife and place a plate over the tin and holding the tin carefully, invert the tin.Now tap the top of the tin carefully and lift it for a lovely caramel custard.
- Serve chilled.
Caramel Custard Recipe with Step by Step Pictures
|Take all your ingredients|
How to Make Caramel for Creme Caramel
|Add it to a pan..I used non-stick, because it will be so helpful in this..|
|add a splash of water|
|and mix well with a spoon....Now turn on the heat and take off the spoon..Don't take that spoon till you reach a golden caramel|
|let it some to a boil..You can swirl the pan but never stir|
|its coming to a boil now|
|let it bubble up..swirl often but never stir..|
|see it is turning a little darker now|
|and now it has got a little more colour|
|its nearly there...|
|ah..Here you have the perfect caramel..|
|Now take a pan..|
|and pour the caramel in it|
|and coat on all sides..Set that aside..|
How to Make Custard for Creme Caramel
|crack open 3 eggs in a bowl|
|now pour the milk in|
|and whisk well|
|Now take a sieve and filter the custard|
|Pour that over the caramel..|
|Now take a larger pan and fill it with water half way..|
|place the pan over the tray and bake it|
|all baked...Now chill the custard|
|Now take a plate and custard tray|
|invert the plate over the tin|
|and flip it upside down...|
|See how beautiful it look|
|slice and serve|
Caramel Custard Recipe (made in microwave)
Microwave Caramel Custard Recipe with step by step pictures. This silky, creamy is an easy dessert made with eggs, milk and sugar served chilled with caramel sauce.
Ingredients for Microwave Caramel Custard
- Eggs - 3
- Sugar - 5 tbsp powdered
- Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp
- Milk - 300 ml or 1 ¼ cup
- Sugar - 2 tbsp
- Water - 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
How to Make Microwave Caramel Custard
- Start by making the caramel. Take 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan.
- Heat it and swirl the pan to dissolve the sugar. Once it is dissolved, boil it till the color changes to golden.
- Now take it off the heat and add in remaining 1 tbsp water and mix well.
- The caramel will become little watery now. Pour this into the bowl and set aside.
- Now take eggs, powdered sugar, vanilla and whisk well. Add in milk and mix well. Sieve this.
- Pour this into the custard bowl. Take caramel will settle in the bottom as it cooks..
- Microwave it for 5 to 7 mins on high power. It may look giggly when u take out of the microwave, but it will set as it cools. My pudding cooked in 7 mins.
- Now take it out and set aside for 5 to 10 mins. Now chill this for 1 hour to 2 hours.
- Invert it and cut and serve.
Microwave Caramel Custard Recipe Step by Step
|Take all your ingredients|
|Start by making the caramel..Take sugar in a stainless
sauce pan, so you can see the caramel colour well
|add in little water|
|mix well while it is still off the heat|
|now you see it has changed quite a bit of colour|
|at this point take it off the heat and add the remaining water|
|now the caramel is a bit runny|
|take a microwave safe bowl|
|pour the caramel in|
|crack open 3 eggs in a bowl|
|add in powdered sugar..it is normal sugar which i powdered|
|add in vanilla|
|add in milk|
|now you see bit of egg yolk|
|so strain the mix|
|this catches the yolk|
|now this is pure custard|
|pour this over the caramel|
|it may look the caramel has mixed with the custard|
|but if you see the bottom the caramel is still there|
|pop it in microwave and cook|
|let it cool down, then invert it to a plate|
|chill it for couple of hours..cube it|
Caramel Custard Recipe (Steamed)
Steamed caramel custard pudding is so easy to make and taste delicious. This pudding is one of the easy recipe to make. It is not only decadent but is super delicious.
Ingredients for Steamed Caramel Custard
- Egg - 2
- Milk - 1 cup
- Sugar - 3 tblsp + 2 tblsp
- Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon Powder - ½ tsp
How to Make Steamed Caramel Custard
- Take sugar in a pan. Heat till sugar is melted. Cook till it gets caramel. Pour it in individual ramekins and set aside.
- Take egg in a bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat till combined.
- Add in milk and mix well.
- Pour it into mould and place it in a sauce pan with water. So the water comes half way through the bowl.
- Steam for 25 to 30 mins.
- Remove and cool it. Put it in fridge for 3 hours.
- Unmould and serve.
1)Take all your ingredients
2)Take sugar in a pan
3)Heat till it is melted
4)Heat till sugar is caramelized
5)Pour it in ramekin
7)Take eggs in a bowl
8)Add in sugar
10)Add in cinnamon
12)Add in milk
13)Pour it mould
15)Place it in steamer and steam for 25 to 30 mins
16)Cover and steam
18)Place it in fridge and leave it to set for 3 to 4 hours
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is crème caramel made of?
Crème caramel is a variant of plain custard (crème) where sugar syrup cooked to caramel stage is poured into the mold before adding the custard base. It is usually cooked in a bain-marie on a stovetop or in the oven in a water bath.
What is the difference between flan and crème caramel?
Both crème caramels and flans has custard bases and soft caramel toppings. however, compared to a crème caramel, flan has a little denser custard.
Is crème caramel the same as panna cotta?
Creme caramel is baked in a "bain marie" or steamed. Normally it is a cooked cuatard pudding. However panna cotta is usually set using setting agent like agar agar or gelatin.
- Caramel custard has to be cooked low and slow. So when you are steaming, try to do it on a very low heat.
- Eggs are important for the making of caramel custard. So never change the amount of the eggs.
- If you want different flavourings, you can use flavours like almond, pandan, orange.
- If you want richer custard. use half cream and half milk.
- Never take the caramel too dark else it may turn bitter.
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It came out very smooth..Could you also pls mention the notes on how much time to bake and at what temperature..It really helps..As we often get confused to know whether they are baked completely or not..
The new look of your blog is very nice, what a change
The pudding candy is delicious, I has been spectacular, a nice dessert to celebrate this day so beautiful.
Looks so beautiful and Yummy ..... Happy valentines day!!
Looks tempting Aarthi... Your new layout simply elegant...
OMG.. what a royal dessert..Perfect for V day. Happy V day to you.
Happy Valentine's day Aarthi 🙂 Ur custard looks very yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
The custard looks absolutely great. This is the first dessert I learned to make and it is a huge favorite of mine..! You have made it so nicely, I am tempted..! Do link it to the event dear..
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wow... great clicks.. looks really yummy..
I have hesitated on making this type of dish, thinking it would be very difficult. However, it looks like you sailed right through with great success. Delicious and stunning creation! Happy Valentine's Day!
Beautiful Custard ...loved ur clicks 🙂
That looks delicious. This dish was my mom's specialty!
The pudding has set so well, perfected.Happy V Day to u too!
Good one aarthi..its turned out perfect 🙂
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Happy valentine's day dear....the caramel pudding looks just perfect n delicious 🙂
Dear Aarthi, What a perfect Valentine's Day dessert. Blessings my friend, Catherine xo
Wow, you did a great job! Beautiful dessert!
Happy Valentine's day.. look gorgeous..
The caramel pudding looks fantastic, the pictorial steps are very helpful Aarthi..
Beautifully done Aarthi..Love it 🙂
It seems, I'm the first one to make a comment. It's a delicious dessert. Here in Spain it's called "natillas", so that if you see a recipe with this name, you'll can see other types of recipes that are also yummmy, yummy.
This is a link of my family recipe and it is in another blog which I don't use at the moment. As you can see, tha name is "sopà" because in the city where I was born we speak another language apart from Spanish.
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Looks tempting and thanks for sharing this dear!
looks wonderful deliciously done
Oh, this is stunning! Thank you for the step-by-step photos....you broke it down and made it accessible for everyone! The new blog look is terrific, too! Happy Valentines Day!
Perfect treat n clear step by step explanations, looks so delicious...
I never tried this before thanks for sharing and want to grab some...
Perfect pudding...Looks super yummy...Happy Valentines day dear..
perfect caramel!!beautifully done..thank for sharing!
Happy Valentines day to you.and caramel pudding looks so yummy..
perfectly done....Hope u had a gr8 valentines day!
Da, watch Fox traveler. U'll get very easy n dashing recipes.
Lovely presentation.....yummy yummy
pudding has come out very well dear....
Happy valentine's Day 🙂
@Anonymous..I have mentioned everything clearly in the method section. Hope you check it..
@Marissa..Thanks for the information..That is really a useful one..i checked ur link, it looks delicious..
@vgivbelief..I have seen it preju...Its really nice right
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Has come out excellent,Aarti..
Wanna c my stove top version?
can u please tell me iff we can make this dish without egg, with normal custurd powder. please reply i want to try it as soon as possible.
@AnonymousMadhu..I don't think so.I think it won't set properly...I will try to post a eggless version of this soon
i do get ready made packs of caramel custard so i use that but at home i havent tried yet.. and happy valentine's day
U have done it perfectly. Looks so smooth and creamy
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Great job dear....custard looks awesome. Happy V day..
Great job dear....custard looks awesome. Happy V day..
looks so tempting..
¡Fantástico, qué buena pinta! Besos y feliz día.
wow .. i am big fan of you and you have done .. my all time fav ..by using simple tech...thanks a loads for sharing
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This is exactly the dessert my daughter has asked for her birthday this month. Thank you for the step by steps. I cannot wait to try it for her!
wow....perfect custard.......beautiful dear....
awesome.. but this sure killer ..
Beautiful custard,perfectly made!!
Arathi this looks delicious!
Looks yummy. I like the way the colour of the caramel has not seeped in rest of the pudding
It looks yummy dear.Love to try and taste it.
oh my god i love caramel pudding and i have to try this after seeing the pics of the perfect custard pudding 🙂 yummmy!
i tried today to do it, when it came out of oven it was ok(i mean it was stiff) except some liquid over it, when i kept it cool still the liquid didnt stiff and now at fridge 2hrs but didnt stiff and i think even i wait more will not stiff
@najlanailaja...Putting the custard in the fridge wont make it too stiff..It will be like a soft jelly with a jiggly in it...Press it on the top if it looks like a jelly..They you can bravely invert it...Because caramel custard won't get that stiff like you are expecting. Putting in the fridge makes it to come out properly from the mould...Try it and let me know the results..
I tried it........
But I burnt the caramel..
No probs.I will try again..
I ahd seen this recipe earlier. Wanted to try it out could not!
Today, I am so full of enthu when I read your post with those beautiful photographs.. Wonderfully explained.
Thanks a lot. You are making me try this. I am inspired.
I tried this recipe today and it came out wonderful.. and but I added 80 grams of sugar instead of 50 and lessend the milk to 2 cups and added a pinch of nutmeg! And it was yummilicious!
Thank you for the recipe..!
i've tried the pudding many times,and it was successful..
But,recently,when i made ,it didnt come out as a whole,or it was not full set..
Can u please tell,why it happened so?
Can this happen,if i add more than 1 tb spon vanilla essence to the pudding??
All other steps were correct..
Please reply asap.
i've tried this many times and got it successfully..
But,recently when i tried ,it didnt come out as a whole,or it was not full set..it's not the problem with the temp or sth..it's the prob with my preparation..
Can u tell why?
Was it bcz i added more vanilla essence..?
Other steps are all correct..
Pls reply asap.
@TheressMay be you must have added more sugar, reduce sugar amount and vanilla. Try baking for a little more time. Allow to set in the fridge for longer time.
Good post. very informative. yummy
@Aarthi Aarthi, I love all your recipes.. they turn out perfect. I wanted to know, waht temp do you use while baking. I used 350 and kept it for an hour or more. it still doesnt look baked.
@Sirisha Duvvuru Bake it at 170 degree C for 45 mins. When you take it out it will still jiggly but when u touch the top it will look a little set. Now allow it to cool down then put in fridge for 3 to 4 hours. Now you can invert it and enjoy.
Thanks aarthi, I tried the custard and it turned out to be really nice. Ur blog is really helpful to ppl who are new to cooking. All the very best and looking for more varieties of recepies.
Looks really delicious!.. Can i make it in pressure cooker?
@AnonymousThat is a different recipe, will share it soon.
Hi !!! I made d caramel nd when I poured it in d pan...it immediately got stiff....m confused..is this d way it's supposed to b or m doing something wrong somewhere
@Anonymousyes it will get hard, that is the right consistency
Hello....Aarti if I need to make it in amicrowave...what will d temp n d time limit be???All ur recipes r well explained with pictures....n easy to follow...God bless! !!
@sageera riazSame temp and same timing
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Hello... can you plz mention the substitute of egg in ur recipe specially in desert... as m nt using eggs
Love your blog.. And hats off to your patience and passion for cooking.. ����I tried the recipe and it tasted great but while i inverted the pan, it came out broken.. Is it because I made it in a square pan? Am planning to make it for a party and can I use a 13 in * 9 in pan for this recipe?
@AnonymousSorry there is no substitute for eggs because it is the setting agent in this recipe
@Vani KrishnaI dont recommend doing it in a big pan, instead you can use small bowls or ramekins to make this.
Hii there.. I made this and it was yumm!! Just like how my mom makes it..:) The only thing was my pudding was all one color...i added condensed milk instead of sugar.. Could that be the reason? Ur pudding has a lighter color inside thats what i meant...i like that:)
@Mrs. ZuhairYou haven't cooked the caramel till dark, that may be the reason. next time cook it till dark and golden
Ok...ya i didnt make it too golden fearing the bitter taste... Will try next time...thanks:)
Hi...Is it 1 tbspn vanilla essence or 1 tsp?Thanks.
I tried the caramel but it went hard every time I made... 3 tbsp sugar and 1tbsp water...Plz let me know...Thanks
@AnonymousIf it gets hard, add more and heat it up
@Anonymousit is 1 tblpsn
Can we make this in a regular microwave.....how much time should b kept thn???
Hi aarthi, Can we use pressure cooker or steamer, instesd of microwave. .
What if i bake it in the oven?
How much time will it take??
@AnonymousNo you can cook this in cooker or steamer.
@ReemNo you cannot cook this in microwave. If your microwave has convection mode, you can bake.
Can u please post bread pudding recipe
Hi Aarthi...can u plz tell me can i make this in a steamer...if so how long should be kept
@VincyThis recipe cannot be made..
Aarthi.....a regular follower of ur blog....wanted to clear a doubt about baking the caramel pudding in pressure cooker.....do we put the whistle or just steam in cooker the way we make dhoklas?
@AnonymousThat will be a diff recipe, will share soon.
Can you please describe the measurements in desileter instead of grams thankx
Can I use codensed milk instead of sugar. How much I should use. Thanks
hai dear can I make dis recipe in borocil bowl n what will b d method for dis
@sabaIf it is oven safe you can make it.
@AnonymousI hope you can use..but i haven't tried it so far
Can I use ready made custard powder and milk, instead of this ? If yes, what's the measurement?
@Sovzno u cannot use that
Arthi- fresh milk or boiled milk. Pls reply
@Anonymousit is fresh milk
Do we need to grease the pan before adding caramel?
Do we need to grease the pan before putting caramel in it?
@Anantano need for greasing the pan
Shall i skip vennila essence.
I too have that glass jar.. Same to same arthi
Only if we try this often we will get exact quantity of our ingredients and perfect caramel pudding i think...
@Mumtaz begumvanilla is must for flavour
Can this be made in pressure cooker ? I know the question has been asked already ..But I didn't get you
@Anonymousyes i think u can make this in cooker, try it and let me know..But i am not sure though
Can I cook this in steam??? If so how much time I should cook!
@sindhuno steaming is not a good idea
Hi Aarthi,I am ur new viewer...pudding came perfectly good
Hi Aarthi,I am ur new viewer...pudding came perfectly good
Hello- I tried your caramel custard recipe and it came out perfectly !! Thanks !! Looking forward to trying more of your yummy recipes!! Keep cooking 😊...Regards Sithara
HI Dear, I like to know that how many days can caramel custard can stay in fridge. Or it is necessary to consume within day.
Await for your answer.
@geeta vcu can store it for 3 days in fridge
Hi aarthy can i steam it ? If so whts the procedure. Kesp up d gud work. U r an inspiration
@deepthino u cannot steam it
Hi please tell me a substitute for eggs.
@Payalthis recipe needs eggs, will sahre eggless version soon
This is soo good and easyy!!
What would be the procedure if i want to steam instead of baking?
How many people will this recipe serve?
When i made it came out well, but little less in sweetness. Can i increase the amount of sugar?will it affect the texture?
Check this recipe for caramel pudding
Great 🙂 i tried it ..soo yummy ..thanks lots..
Your blog is amazing. You take so much effort to pictures all steps!!
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