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How to make Portuguese Egg Custard

What is Leite Creme?

a bowl Leite Creme Portuguese Egg CustardLeite Creme is a dessert made from custard. It is a soft mixture of milk, eggs, and sugar, with burnt sugar on top.

Leite Creme is a Portuguese version of creme brûlée or Crema Catalana! You can read different translations: Cream Milk, Portuguese Egg Custard, or Portuguese Milk Custard.

There is nothing better than ending a lunch with a Leite Creme. Have you ever heard of this delicious Portuguese dessert? Read on for its fascinating and authentic Portuguese Egg Custard recipe!

How many calories have a Leite Creme?

One serving has 198 kcal Calories. 23.52 g Carbohydrates. 6.62 g Proteins.

Is Leite Creme a pudding?

No, Leite Creme is a custard. It is a liquid thickened by the coagulation of the egg. Here in this photo, you can see that Riann was burning sugar.

a man cooking in a kitchen preparing Leite CremeHow to make a Portuguese Egg Custard

Read here our Authentic Leite Creme Recipe.

INGREDIENT (for eight people)

  • One litter of milk
  • Seven egg yolks
  • 150g of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch flour
  • Two lemon peels
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Sugar q. s.


  1. In a bowl, combine the milk (set aside a little to mix the cornstarch) with the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick. Boil and turn off.
  2. Mix the egg yolks well with the cornstarch and the flour with the bit of milk reserved.
  3. Mix everything up.
  4. Bring to the boil, constantly stirring until bubbling begins.
  5. Turn off the heat and remove the lemon peel as soon as it begins to bubble.
  6. Place the cream milk on a platter or tights.
  7. After being cold and serving time, sprinkle it with sugar and burn it with an iron suitable for the purpose.

Portuguese Egg Custard is not made using a bain-marie (a water bath or banho Maria in Portuguese).

My last suggestion: If you don’t like the sugar on top, replace it with powdered cinnamon.

Portuguese Egg Custard Video

This recipe comes from chef Vasco, our hostess, during a Portugal Food Tours – cooking vacation.

Is Portuguese Egg Custard suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, it is suitable for vegetarians because it doesn’t contain meat or fish products.

Is Leite Creme suitable for vegans? Can I make this recipe without eggs?

No, that is the traditional recipe for the Portuguese Egg Custard. You can’t make it without eggs.

Find the recipe egg custard tarts here.

Is Leite Creme gluten-free?

Yes, this traditional recipe has cornstarch. Pure cornstarch is naturally gluten-free.

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