A guide to food in Spain
crema catalana: crème brulée
The most famous Catalan dessert is crema catalana – a custard pudding sealed with a coating of burnt caramel, rather like crème brulee or grape pudding without the grapes. The caramel is traditionally seared with a sheep brand, and if it still hot when the dish is served, makes a wonderful contrast with the cold crema beneath. When this dish is good it can be delicious, but unfortunately it is often rather mediocre.
By Francis Barrett
Crema Catalana – Catalans get narked when the Brits describe this dish as Crême Brulée , claiming seniority. I don’t want to get involved in an international incident so I’ll just say it’s brilliant whoever first invented it!
By Simon Rice