Catalan crème

  • Petit four
  • medium
  • 8
  • 45 minutes
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A classic Catalan pudding, similar to a crème brûlée, flavoured with citrus zest and cinnamon, Nuno Mendes serves this catalan crème in shot glasses as a little petit four.

First published in 2015





  • Sugar thermometer
  • Shot glasses


Combine the zest of the orange and lemon, milk, cream and vanilla pod in a suitable pot. Bring to the boil, allow to cool, cover and refrigerate overnight
Remove the milk mixture from the fridge, add the sugar and bring it up to the boil. Separate the eggs and place the yolks into a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour the hot cream mixture over the egg yolks while constantly whisking
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
Return the mixture back to the pot and bring up to 85°C, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, continuing to stir for a further 2 minutes
Soften the gelatine in cold water for 2 minutes. Gently squeeze free from water and add to the custard
  • 1 sheet of gold gelatine
Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, allow to cool and store into 8 shot glasses. Refrigerate to set and when ready to serve, pour a little creme into the shot glasses and grate some fresh cinnamon over each and serve
First published in 2015

For a chef, having mentors like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Ferran Adrià must be akin to taking music classes with Chopin and Brahms. Nuno Mendes' London restaurant demonstrates the qualities of ambition that most good protégés possess.

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