Caramel Custard
[1] Burnt-caramel custard. Here’s the recipe (photo © Bon Appétit).

[2] A multi-portion flan made in a fluted flan pan Here’s the recipe (photo © Hummingbird High).

[3] Top view of a single-portion flan, or crème caramel (photo © Le Coq Rico [now La Rotisserie | NYC]).

Creme Caramel
[4] A side view (photo © Añejo Tribeca | NYC).


October 3rd is National Caramel Custard Day (National Chocolate Custard Day is May 5th). Also called crème caramel in France, and flan in Spain, caramel custard is a custard dessert with a layer of clear caramel sauce (photos #3 and #4). (Note that in France, flan Parisien refers to a classic custard pie or tart. Buttery shortcrust pastry is filled with pastry cream and baked until the top blisters. Here’s a recipe.)

A layer of caramel is added to the bottom of the mold, creating a dark caramel top and sauce when the custard is unmolded.

Caramel custard can be made in individual ramekins, in a cake pan, loaf pan, in a fluted flan pan or tall fluted mold, or other shape.

In the U.S., caramel custard isn’t the same as creme caramel. Instead of the caramel topping, caramelized sugar is mixed into the custard prior to baking. It gets confusing.

Here are the different types of custard.

Custard is one of our favorite dishes: a symphony of cream, eggs and flavorings, baked to a velvety texture.

Most people consider custard to be sweet—a dessert that ranges from crème caramel, crème brûlée, flan and others. But there’s more:

  • Quiche is savory cheese custard tart (also called a cheese flan).
  • Cheesecake is a cheese custard cake. It can be savory or sweet.
  • Bread pudding is a custard with bread cubes. It can be savory or sweet.
  • Lemon curd (or other fruit curd) is a “stirred” custard, with lemon juice replacing the cream.
    Take the same mixture of cream and eggs that forms the base of sweet custard and replace the sugar with savory inclusions:

    You’ve got a delicious savory custard that can be eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Here’s the difference between American* pudding and custard.

    In brief, custard has eggs, pudding doesn’t. Similarly, panna cotta isn’t a custard; it doesn’t contain eggs. It is an American-style pudding, thickened with gelatin.

    What about custard-style yogurt? It’s a marketing name for yogurt in which the fruit is already mixed in and distributed evenly throughout. It was a successor style to fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. Its purpose was more convenience for people who didn’t like to stir up the fruit. It has nothing to do with custard.

  • Atlantic Beach Pie
  • Chess Pie
  • Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
  • Corn Custard With Popcorn Garnish
  • Custard & Berry Dessert “Cocktail”
  • Custard Sauce
  • Food Fun: Fork, Knife & Spoon Cookies With Crème Caramel
  • Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée
  • Green Tea Custard
  • Hong Kong Egg Tarts
  • Pumpkin Custard Baked In A Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Custard With Maple Pecan Crunch
  • Pumpkin Flan
  • Quiche, A Cheese Custard Tart Or Flan
  • Savory Bread Pudding
  • Savory Custard Recipes
  • Trifle

    *In Britain, puddings began as boiled or steamed, savory foods of minced meat. The earliest puddings were sausages, such as black pudding, a type of sausage made with pig’s blood. Sweet versions evolved, which were steamed cake-like desserts. Now, pudding refers to any sweet, final course of a meal, which Americans call dessert.



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