17 April 2015

Crema de azafrán con crumble de cardamomo (Saffron baked Custard with Cardamom crumble)

Liquidambars and always some dog in the picture

Autumn seems to finally be  here, which pleased me so much.
This has been a busy summer and too long.
BTW I love the fall.
Well now let's what interests  to you. : The recipe!

If you love  spices like me and   especially  from India will love this recipe.
A cream or custard with a hint of saffron and cardamom  almond crumble.
Absolutely delicious.
I made this recipe for the birthday of my  husband.
Happy Birthday Gerardo!

Source:  Sugar et al

4 or 5 servings

3/4 cup of milk
saffron  (a pinch)
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
cardamom crumble (recipe below)
Strawberries or others fruit of your choise to serve

Whipped cream (optional)

Soak the saffron in milk for 30 minutes (if you have saffron powder use only a pinch) to infuse.
Preheat oven to 160°c .
Combine cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
Cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes (do not allow to boil).
Remove saucepan from heat.

Whisk egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of milk, sugar and spices in a heatproof bowl until combined.
Pour the warm cream with egg yolk mixture, little at a time whisking constantly until smooth.
Take care not add the entire cream eggs together as it can overcook the eggs.
Strain the liquid into a pouring jug pressing the residue in the strainer to ensure maximum extraction of flavor and color from the saffron.

Divide the custard into 4 or five ramekins , Place in a deep baking tray. Pour boiling water into baking tray until halfway up sides of ramekins.
Bake custard for 45 minutes or until just set.
Remove from the oven and take the ramekins out of the water bath. Leave to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate by two hours. Serve with fruits and crumble.

Cardamom crumble

1/2 cup plain flour
50 g butter chilled and chopped into cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon powdered green cardamom 
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 180° C
 Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place all the ingredientes in a medium bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the mixture until you have small and large crumbs. Spread the mixture in a thin layer onto the prepared baking tray. Bake  15 minutes or until crumble is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely before use.

We celebrated last nigh Gerardo's birthday and our family loved this dessert!

Print recipe here

En español
Crema de azafran con crumble de cardamomo

Me encantan las especias en general, ya hemos hablado de la albahaca, o romero pero me gustan mucho las especies de India, y por eso me gustó esta receta, novedosa y deliciosa.
Una especia de flan con una pizca de azafrán (solo una pizca) y con un crumble con cardamomo y almendras, delicioso!


3/4 taza de leche semi descremada
Una pizca de azafrán ( o  una hebrita)
1 taza y 1/2 de crema espesa
4 yemas de huevo
2 cucharadas de azúcar
crumble de cardamomo y almendras (receta más abajo)
Frutillas u otra fruta para servir .

Si se usa hebras de azafrán remojar unos 30 minutos en la leche. Despues retirar.
Si es  azafran en polvo (como viene a veces) agregar directamente a la leche.
Precalentar el horno a 160°c. 
En una olla mezclar la leche, la crema,y calentar a fuego medio un rato.
que no hierva.
Retirar del fuego.

Aparte en un bowl batir las yemas con el azúcar hasta que este bien mezclado.
Agregar esta mezcla de yemas a la crema y leche, calentar suavemente siempre revolviendo.
Calentar hasta que espese.
Apagr y pasar el liquido por un colador para retirar cualquier grumo.
Dividir la crema de azafran en 4 o 5 pocillos de cerámica aptos para horno, colocar en una fuente que tenga agua hasta la mitad y llevar a horno.
Cocinar unos 45 minutos hasta que la textura se vea firme.
 Apagar, retirar del horno y dejar enfriar temperatura

Sevir con el crumble y algunas frutas.

Crumble de cardamomo

1/2 taza de harina
50 gramos de mantequilla bien helada en trozos.
1/4 taza de azúcar rubia.
1/2 cucharadita de cardamomo molido
(si son semillas molerlas en el mortero)
1/4 taza de almendras

Precalentar el horno a 180°c 
Cubrir con papel mantequilla una bandeja para horno.
Colocar todos los ingredientes en un bowl mediano. Mezclar con los dedos haciendo migajas, Esparcir la mezcla sobre la bandeja de horno y hornear por unos 15 minutos o hasta que la mezcla se vea dorada y crujiente.
retirar y dejar enfriar antes de usar.


  1. The dessert looks amazing! Pass the spoon over pleeeeeease :-)

    1. Thanks Angie! I love Indian desserts and food, this was delicious!!

  2. Fall you say as the pup doe play. The strawberries look like they do form a heart haha

    1. Yes haha! I dont noticed the pup was in my yard but when I saw the picture I saw, ah this dog always around!
      Now you say I look the strawberries omy! funny!

  3. This sounds so delicious...I can't wait to try!

    I hope your husband is having a fabulous birthday...I celebrated mine yesterday!:)


    1. reallyYgraine!! Happy belated Birthday dear!!

  4. OMG, Gloria, Gerardo si so lucky te get tris birthday treat.
    A perfect balance of flavors and textures, this is a winner.

    1. Thanks Daniela! He really enjoyed this dessert and was perfect because he bought arabian food to the dinner:)

  5. Replies
    1. aw Christine ! I love all custard desserts :))

  6. Una vera delizia questa crema cara Gloria, come sempre bravissima!!!

  7. Every birthday..a cause for celebration:)

    That cardamom crumble.. even sounds good when we say it;)

    1. Really I love this cardamom crumble to make in others desserts!!

  8. It is a good job that I have eaten otherwise I would be so hungry after reading about this delicious dish Gloria!!! xx

  9. Great dessert for a birthday, Gloria! It looks delicious and I love that cardamom crumble, it's a must try dessert!

    1. Thanks Pam! I think the cardamom crumble is really special!!

  10. Felicidades a tu marido por su cumple!!....y a ti por hacer esta maravilla de postre......Abrazotes, Marcela

  11. Happy Birthday, dear Gerardo! And what a delicious dessert - I have never had these spices in a dessert and I bet it's so tasty. In your first photo, the way the strawberries are placed looks like a heart - awww!

  12. Molto raffinato questo dessert.... da rifare, grazie cara!!!!

  13. Happy Birthday to your hubby! That dessert looks really beautiful with that bright yellow saffron! I don't think I've ever had saffron! I want a bowl of that! yum!

    1. Thanks Betsy!
      I think I used saffron before only in paellas!
      But was amazing!
      I love the colour too!

  14. Gloria, Happy birthday to Gerardo! I love this recipe because it's great looking, it's made with imaginative ingredients and it just sounds terrific... FYI... I had to look up 'Liquidambars'. We call them sweet gum trees here in the USA. It's nice to learn new terminology. Everything is turning green here with lots of rain and increasing warmth. Spring is upon us! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Thanks David!
      He was happy!
      I love these trees and the colour in fall!

  15. Happy B'day for your better half and this is indeed a perfect treat for his b'day......I too love to have this dessert... :)

  16. Felicidades a tu marido Gloria. El postre, como siempre, tiene un aspecto maravilloso.

  17. Happy Birthday, Gerardo! With a dessert as nice as this, one would have to have a fantastic birthday.

  18. Happy birthday to your other half Gloria! Do you know, I have never had an Indian dessert before - I will have to give this a go! Take care xx

    1. Thanks Chel you are really come to my blog!
      Hugs to you!

  19. I'm sure your husband had a wonderful birthday with a special dessert like this! It looks and sounds so delicious, Gloria, and I love both cardamom and saffron.

  20. Gloria, Love this dessert…so special looking! The flavors sound lovely! Perfect to celebrate your husbands birthday!

  21. Yellow and red, sweet and aromatic - absolutely beautiful!

  22. Looks like you made your husband a delicious birthday treat! I have never had anything like this- but the pictures and recipe both sound great. :)

    1. Thanks Jess!
      Well was my first time I used saffron in a dessert!
      But I think why not?
      And was delicious!

  23. lovely dessert and fun to see the fall colors there

    1. Thanks Rebecca!
      I think you love too spices!
      Yes is our house and trees:))

  24. Hi Gloria, this dessert looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious!

  25. the flavors are making me drool... this must have been amazing!

  26. Splendido dolce in coppa cara,io amo lo zafferano,brava!!! :-)
    Buona domenica bacio

  27. Buon compleanno Gerardo!
    Hai preparato una crema meravigliosa, con colori splendidi e ingredienti favolosi :)
    Un bacio

  28. succulente cette crème, bravo
    bonne journée

  29. Autumn is a really nice time of the year with all those beautiful colours. The colour of this crema is so inviting. I have never used this spice in cakes before. A really nice idea!

    1. Grazie Alida! I love autumn! Is my first time I use saffron in desserts and I love it!
      un bacui cara!

  30. Qué bello esta tu jardín amiga! Me encanta que aparezca el perro entremedio!! Y esta cremita ni te digo, me parece que la vamos a tener que hacer! besos

    1. Gracias Pamela, este año tuvimos más agua de regado (ya sabes acequia) otros años no nos llega agua.
      Ah el Ares y la Mouska siempre andan dando vueltas. Lo cómico es que me di cuenta despues!!
      Un abrazo

  31. a special dessert for a special moment, happy birthday to your husband!have a nice week, un abbraccio !

  32. These look delicious, Gloria. Happy Birthday to your hubby! We are settling into spring right now. The pollen is terrible!

    1. Thanks Elsie ! How are you doing?
      I miss you!! Yes I know in spring the pollen is so much!

  33. What a marvelous dessert! Perfect for a birthday celebration! xo

  34. Wow ,buon compleanno e complimenti!

  35. Happy birthday!!!!
    What a great pic of the trees.
    Un beso

  36. Happy Birthday to your husband! The recipe looks lovely!
    I wish you a wonderful week, dear!

  37. Happy Birthday to your husband, Gloria!
    I love your custards and this one is such a lovely color. Clever idea to make a cardamom crumble!

  38. Tanti auguri a tuo marito e complimenti per questa deliziosa crema, adoro le spezie e in particolare il cardamomo con quel suo particolare sapore, sicuramente un dolce buonissimo!!!

    1. Grazie Laura, adoro le spezie and cardamomo. Baci cara!

  39. Che dessert particolare e moltogoloso! un bacione e buona settimana :-)

  40. Che delizia Gloria, un bacione e buona settimana ^_^

  41. Better than a birthday cake! Happy birthday to your husband!


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