Eggless Crème Caramel topped with Pralines

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Mind you, I am not a pudding person. Neither do I much like the bread pudding combination, unless it were perfectly made and presented to me camouflaged. Clichéd as it may sound, I have a huge fetish for a perfect Crème Caramel or a Crème brûlée. Hardly do people who know me know that one of my deepest craving comes for those dreamy, creamy custards which are rich, thick and delicious, yet silky light in texture. I can pretty much surrender myself to neat caramel flavors, succumb my teeth into such creamy delights and eat it to my hearts content!


Crème caramel is a variant of plain custard (crème) where some sugar syrup, cooked to caramel stage, is poured into the mold before adding the custard base. It is usually cooked in a bain-marie on a stove top or in the oven. It is turned out like crème renversée and served with the caramel sauce on top. (Source: Wikipedia)

I have made Caramel Custard a couple of times and that was only method I learnt from my mom. She graced her well chalked meals with desserts like these for parties and get-together when we were kids. That was a thing of the past. That apart, the regular custard is so common in Indian homes, that it needs no mention here. I always have a stock of pudding mix for those uncalled occasions of sweet tooth tantrums, when I like to whip up some simple fruit salad or may be just plain custard to accompany a scoop of ice cream. A craving again for some Crème Caramel hit hard on me recently and out of the blue, I decided to attempt an eggless version of Crème Caramel.


Eggless Crème Caramel

INGREDIENTS

30 gms of sugar
1 tbsp water
Store bought custard/pudding mix or homemade custard base as per the procedure mentioned here
1 tbsp agar agar
25 ml cream

DIRECTIONS

Make the Caramel base:

Sprinkle about 25-30 gm of sugar along with a tablespoon of water and heat it on a pan. Swirl the pan across the heat gently and let the sugar just begin to melt. Do not stir it. Keep an eye on the sugar as it begins to melt and change the color to amber. There's a thin line of difference between caramelizing and charring. Once the sugar gets a nice golden amber color, it's close to caramelization. It will soon take over a deeper golder brown glow. Remove from the flame immediately as the heat will make it darker further. If it darkens too much, it will take over a bitter taste. So be careful and quick with this. You can prepare this caramel either in the custard mould or transfer the prepared caramel to moulds and allow to set. Transfer it quickly as it will harden in no time. In case it hardens before you transfer to the moulds, you warm up the caramel again which will liquefy the syrup. Do not touch as it will be hot enough to burn your hand.

Prepare the custard:

Prepare the custard as per the procedure mentioned here. If using a store bought pack, follow the instructions as on the pack and prepare the custard/pudding adjusting the sweetness to your taste. Dissolve a tablespoon of agar agar in 25 ml of cream and bring it to a boil. When the flakes dissolve, add this to the prepared custard and whisk well. Once prepared pour the hot custard into the caramel prepared moulds. Cover with a cling film and allow it to set well in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. It's best to leave it overnight.


Prepare Pralines:

The procedure to make pralines is similar to preparing the caramel base mentioned above. Heat a tbsp of sugar with half a tbsp of water and swirl the pan gently, till it reaches caramelization point. Once it turns to thick golden amber color remove it from heat immediately and spread on a greased plate. Allow it cool completely. Using a mortar pestle, crush the praline roughly. You can use nuts like roughly broken almonds and cashews to make nutty pralines.

Pralines give nice crunch to desserts and can be used to top ice creams too. Pralines tend to absorb moisture, hence should be served fresh on desserts.

I adore vanilla flavors and as traditionally claimed my Crème Caramel has it's custard base flavored with vanilla. I may probably want to try more flavors in future, but I leave that to my mood. This dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel is normally served cold. I topped this with some homemade crunchy pralines before serving them, just a sprinkle of pralines for a light crunch, also to keep it low on sweet.

I am sending this dessert to Ally where she's hosting Delicious Desserts which comes with a yummy dessert book as a giveaway!

22 comments:

  1. Very tasty caramel and very well presented.

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  2. Lovely Presentation....
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  3. unbelievable result without eggs. lovely clicks as always.

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  4. Dessert looks sinfully delicious! Yummy!

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  5. wow....
    looks yummy...
    lovely clicks :)

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  6. This is totally new to me, looks very delicious and beautiful colorful clicks

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  7. Very well presented...and the pudding looks damn yumm..!!!

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  8. slurp,...feel like diggin in,..:-)

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  9. They look amazing and delicious!!

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  10. I'd always prefer eggless puddings. Custard looks really delicious...really feel like scooping some! :D

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  11. Love love love it mallika..absolutely yumm:) wish i can have that right in front of me in real.

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  12. MArvellous, damn tempting and absolutely irresistible creme caramel..

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  13. Wow, just amazing..loved it. Wish you were my neighbour yaar! Beautiful bouganvillas.

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  14. I love creme caramel too, its a perfect light- sweet ending to a meal. This eggless and quick version sounds too good!

    Loved the pics, the flowers in the ornagish hues look stunning. And hey, I almost missed this post!!

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  15. Hey, how awesome! A cousin of mine had been badgering on about how Im not helping her with an eggless version of creme caramel. Now Im just going to conveniently direct her to your post :)

    Sooper recipe MD! Love it. And you bet I will be trying this sometime soon.

    PS: I love the new avatar your blog is sporting. The header with its classical theme looks really nice, and in tune with the background.

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  16. Thanks a lot for all those lovely comments :)

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  17. its priceless dear...lovely presentation!!

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  18. Wow! This is such a wonderful recipe! I have tried my hand at making flan, but it somehow smells of eggs..this is a fab idea!! But I might substitute the china grass with gelatin. Have you tried that?? Let me know if you have!!!

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  19. It looks so delicious. Eggless Crème Caramel is a perfect dessert. I really love desserts, though I don’t know how to make one.

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