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Easy Creme Caramel In 20min without cream

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Creme caramel or cream caramel? hmmm, good question, ‘creme’ is a french term and it originated from France so it is traditionally called creme instead of cream.

Every country has adopted its way of doing or replicating the same dish in terms of a flan, creme brulee, crema Catalana, milk pudding but the basic creme caramel remains pretty simple and pretty darn easy to make. This dessert was actually my first practical cooking test in my hotel school in Sri- Lanka. It brings a lot of memories. When I was 16, I joined a hotel school in Sri Lanka to learn the basics of cooking.

My dad (Rohan Fernandopulle) being the culinary guru in Sri Lanka was pretty nervous that I would mess up this simple dessert, truth be told, I sure did mess up this dessert. He took me to Hilton to teach me how to make a cream caramel and I actually up to date use the exact same technique to make my caramel pudding.

I remember the chefs there was so proud to teach me different ways of making the pudding. It was quite different from the way my mother made it, but it was super simple. My mom didn’t make a lot of desserts but if she made one, this would certainly be the one.

I would never forget when I finally had to make this dessert for my practical exam, I dropped the whole tray and I didn’t have a dish to be scored hahahhahah I told you I messed up 🙂 I am sure my father looks back now and must be thinking, I don’t know how she got here ahhahahah well daddy I hope you are proud now 🙂 oh not forgetting, he made me make at least 30 creme caramels at home to practice this dish, well I am sure my pudding was good, but I simply couldn’t present it.

I am not using any cream to make this dessert, and this is my go-to dessert when I want a quick fix and especially when I have to make it for a large crowd.

There is a trick for this recipe

It is very important to boil the milk and add to the eggs while it is hot because that’s what is going to bind the whole caramel together. so don’t skip that step

How to make creme caramel without an oven

yes, you heard it right, I make mine in the rice cooker, now you don’t need a rice cooker to do it, you simply need a double boiler. when I cook mine in the rice cooker, I add water to the bottom and steam it.

How to cook the caramel pudding

  • Direct oven
  • Oven on top of a water bath
  • Rice cooker
  • Steamer
  • On the stove on top of a water bath

The reason why I use a water bath is that I love the texture when it is steamed, with little holes in it.

How to make creme caramel sauce

Its pretty simple, it is basically caramelised sugar, now you can do this two ways, you can caramelise sugar directly in a pan without any water ( this is highly technical)

or you can add sugar and water and caramelise in a pan ( this is way easier then you don’t have to be worried about the caramel burning too soon)

Just watch the caramel-like a hawk 🙂 if you take it out of the fire too soon, then it will be light in colour and will not set on the bottom of the container

if it is too caramelised then you will taste a burnt aftertaste once cooked.

You can also try my other desserts and sweets.

How to make creme caramel

Step by step guide how to make creme caramel

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Easy Creme Caramel In 20min without cream

Milk flan cooked with caramelised sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people


  • Oven



  • 55 g White sugar
  • 30 g Water

Caramel Base

  • 250 g Milk Fresh
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder Optional
  • 3 egg
  • 55 g White sugar



  • Place sugar and water in a pot on medium fire
  • let it caramelised ( I cannot tell an exact time, you need to watch for the caramelisation carefully) the tip is to take it out of the fire just 20 seconds before you think its ready as the caramel will keep cooking for the heat out of the fire
  • Pour it straight to the container that the final dish will be cooked and leave aside


  • In a bowl place sugar, eggs and whisk well until light and fluffy
  • In a medium pot place milk, vanilla and nutmeg and let it boil
  • Add 1/2 cup of the boiled milk mixture into the egg mix and whisk well. when fully incorporated, add in the rest of the milk and whisk well.
  • Pour the whole mixture into the prepared tray, cover with foil
  • Prepare the rice cooker or a steamer, with water on the bottom and place the tray on top and close the lid
  • Bake for 20-25 mins.if you wish to cook it in a different way, check the notes above
  • When it's cooked refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight in the fridge
  • To unmould, run a knife around the edges and unmould to a tray or dish


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4 thoughts on “Easy Creme Caramel In 20min without cream”

  1. Hi Rachi,
    Just want to confirm that milk is by weight in this recipe (250g) and not by volume (250ml)? Thanks.

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      Hi Dilinie,
      Are you referring to whisking the eggs and sugar? It doesn’t need to be whisked until soft peak, it needs to be whisked until pale and it can be easily whisked by the hand whisk, but there is no harm in whisking it with the electric mixer.


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