Ralitsa's Famous Creme Caramel

Creme caramel is my favorite dessert in the world. When I first came to Bulgaria, I lost 20 pounds (9 kilos) in my first month. The salads were delicious, but they just didn't stick to me the way that macaroni-and-cheese and other pasta dishes did in the US. Then I discovered creme caramel...which helped my clothes to fit a little better! Creme caramel is a guilty pleasure, but try it at least once before you go on your diet.

Here's Rali's recipe...

What you need:

How to make it:

Mix the eggs and the milk well. Stir more than half of the sugar in and add the vanilla, cinnamon and lemon peel. Try the mixture and if you find it not sweet enough, add more sugar to taste. Melt the rest of the sugar in a non-stick pan, stirring occasionally so it does not burn. Pour the sugar in the 8-12 small pots (cup-size) and rotate each to cover the bottom. Pour in the egg and milk mixture. Place the small pots / cups in a pan with 2-3 cups water in the pan, and bake in an oven at 100-150° C.

Some thirty minutes later check to see whether the crème is runny and bake a bit more until a golden crust is formed.

Cool the crème, loosen the sides with a spoon and turn it over on a plate. Serve with a swirl of whipped cream on top. It goes perfectly well with coffee. Enjoy!

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