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Crema Volteada - The Peruvian Crème Caramel

Crema Volteada

Peruvian Crème Caramel


Crema Volteada, literally meaning "upside down cream", is probably better known as the Peruvian version of Crème Caramel. Sweet and rich, while being so simple and somehow light, this addictive dessert is loved around the country.

And even though it originally isn't Peruvian, it became one of the most popular comfort foods in the country.

While nowadays often canned sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk is found on the ingredient list of lots of recipes, the only few ingredients a good Crema Volteada needs next to the caramel sauce are fresh whole milk, eggs, sugar and some vanilla.

And as it is so easy to prepare Crema Volteada at home, find below our recipe. While in Peru the Crema Volteada is often prepared in a big round baking pan with a hole in the middle to feed the extensive family, we usually use ramekins.

The first column of ingredients is for the caramel sauce and the second column is for the custard (Often Crema Volteada is made in a round baking pan with a hole in the middle. For a 24cm baking pan double the below mentioned ingredients):

Eva's Recipe for Peruvian Crema Volteada



180 g sugar
3 tablespoons water
squeeze of lime juice
500 ml fresh whole milk
170 g sugar
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  2. Butter the sides of the 5 ramekins and set aside.
  3. Pour the sugar and 3 tablespoons of water into a stainless steel pan.
  4. Place the pot on medium heat and constantly stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. As soon the sugar is dissolved, stop stirring otherwise the sugar will crystalize. Add a squeeze of lime juice and let boil.
  6. After a few minutes the sugar water turns into a nice caramel sauce.
  7. Once the caramel has a golden brownish color, remove from heat immediately.
  8. Make sure it's not getting too dark; else your caramel sauce tastes bitter.
  9. Quickly pour the sauce into the prepared ramekins. Set aside and let cool.
  10. Resist the temptation to taste. The caramel is dangerously hot!
  12. Once your Caramel Sauce is prepared, pre-heat the oven to 175°C.
  13. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and egg yolks until well combined and creamy.
  14. Gradually add the sugar and continue whisking until it's completely dissolved.
  15. Then pour in the milk and keep whisking. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  16. Place the ramekins with the caramel sauce into a big enough oven-proof dish and fill them with the egg-milk mixture.
  17. Place the dish into the oven and pour boiling water into it until the ramekins are nearly completely covered.
  18. Leave to bake for around 60 minutes. When the custard is properly set, take the Crema Volteada out of the oven and remove from the dish.
  19. Set aside to cool. Once cool place in the fridge until it's time for dessert (best overnight or at least a few hours).
  20. To serve, just carefully loosen the edges with a knife and turn upside down on a plate. Enjoy!
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