A traditional Mexican dessert, Jericalla is an elegant custard — a cross between flan and crème brûlée — thats deceptively easy to make. It is a legendary dish, but the origin is uncertain. Some believe its a dessert that comes from the Colombian town of Jericó, others think its from the Spanish town of Jérica. But the most elaborate and interesting story is about a Spanish nun who worked in an orphanage in Guadalajara Mexico. As the tale goes, the children she looked after were undernourished. For a restorative, the nun blended and cooked milk, eggs, and sugar to form a custard. In a kitchen mishap, she burned the custard and, unfazed, the children ate the burnt custard and liked it. Apparently, others liked it enough to cook it into everlasting fame! For Jalisco Jericalla, or La Jericalla, the custard ingredients are combined over heat and then poured into flan ramekins or individual molds, and cooked in a water bath until golden. Creamy and light in texture, the rich caramelized flavors of this Guadalajara-style custard are the perfect sweet notes to end a meal. But so you dont have any kitchen mishaps of your own, here are a few tips to get it right. ### Making Jericalla ## Classic Vanilla Vs Mexican Vanilla Mexican vanilla is different than other types of vanilla, such as Tahitian or Bourbon. The beans have a sweet flavor with a hint of spice, similar to nutmeg or clove. Mexican vanilla pods are thicker than other types and are typically darker and richer. It has a smooth, creamy flavor, with a strong, delicious fragrance. For a good vanilla extract, make sure it is actually an extract and has vanilla bean listed in the ingredients. Vanilla flavor and vanilla extract are two different things. Vanilla flavor includes propylene glycol or glycerine and is made without alcohol. ## Using A Bain-Marie A bain-marie, or baño maría in Spanish, is essentially a water bath. Its a method used to cook dishes using indirect heat. There are special bain-marie machines used in restaurants, but they can easily be MacGyvered at home. In the case of Jericalla, you would fill ramekins with the uncooked custard and place them in a shallow pan and then add water to the pan. Everything is then placed in the oven to gently cook the custard. ## Recipe Tips _Use Mexican ingredients:_ As we mentioned, if you have Mexican vanilla and cinnamon on hand, youre better off using them. However, if you dont have them and arent up to finding them for this recipes, you can go ahead with the vanilla and cinnamon you have in your cupboard. Youll still get a delicious flavor, it will just be milder. _Understand tempering:_ When youre whisking the hot milk mixture into the egg, you are "tempering" the egg. Basically, youre very gradually pre-cooking the egg so it doesnt scramble and it will hold its texture when its cooked a second time to set it. _Brown the top:_ To lightly burn the top of the Jericalla, raise the heat in the final few minutes, or place under the broiler for about a minute until the tops burn slightly. You can also use a crème brûlée torch if you have one. ## Variations _Spike with brandy:_ Feel free to lace your Jericalla with brandy or rum for added depth and flavor. Simply add a few spoonfuls to your Jericalla custard before baking. _Make them mini:_ Vary the sizes of your custards by using miniature molds or ramekins. _Add toppings:_ While you can easily enjoy this custard on its own, feel free to add toppings such as chopped nuts—walnuts or almonds would be delicious. You could also top it with dried fruits like raisins or pureed fruit. Adding fresh whipped cream could be a great way to top off this dish as well.
The ingredient of Guadalajara-style Jericalla Custard
- 1 liter whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 large egg yolks
The instruction how to make Guadalajara-style Jericalla Custard
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, add a drizzle of water over medium heat.
- Then add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
- Place the egg yolks in a bowl. Have a whisk handy.
- Once the milk boils, add a drizzle of hot milk to the egg yolks. Beat vigorously. Repeat 4 times.
- Add the yolks to the milk and sugar while stirring.
- Turn off the heat.
- Pour into individual flan molds.
- Place the flan molds in a baking pan and add plenty of water to the baking pan.
- Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes until golden.
- Place on the top rack of the oven and raise the heat until the surface browns.
Nutritions of Guadalajara-style Jericalla Custardcalories: NutritionInformation
carbohydrateContent: 220 calories
cholesterolContent: 32 grams
fatContent: 170 milligrams
proteinContent: 7 grams
saturatedFatContent: 6 grams
sodiumContent: 4 grams
sugarContent: 60 milligrams
: 32 grams