Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
Santa Fe Natillas are like iles flottantes, floating islands, but with the meringue folded into the pudding. The recipe is most authentic with canela (Mexican cinnamon) and Mexican vanilla. When I can't be in Santa Fe, this is comfort food! This recipe comes courtesy of the Santa Fe School of Cooking and is one that I particularly enjoy, so I'm parking it here for safekeeping.
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 cups heavy cream, divided
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla
- cinnamon (preferably Canela)
- Make a paste of the egg yolks, flour and 1/2 cup of the heavy cream.
- In a saucepan combine 1/4 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt with the remaining heavy cream and bring the mixture to the boiling point.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk into the egg mixture gradually.
- Pour the mixture into a double boiler and cook slowly over simmering water until it thickens (20 minutes).
- Mix in the vanilla and remove from the heat, allowing it to cool.
- The recipe can be made ahead until this point.
- Beat the egg whites with 2 tablespoons of sugar until stiff but not dry. Gently fold the meringue into the cooled custard.
- Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon and serve.