Natillas With Berries Will Light Up Your Holidays
by Mona Fe on Dec 30, 2022
Summer holidays mean one thing… parties! And parties of all sorts mean delicious, sweet treats. Finding yummy goodness that will satisfy both the big kids and the wee ones can sometimes be a challenge, but we’ve got just the recipe for you!
Who doesn’t love a smooth, creamy, and delicious custard? But we know, the thought of baking a custard from scratch doesn’t exactly get you in the festive mood when you have 100 other things to do, does it? Let’s face it, mum, who has time for that?
Here’s the thing. You’ve been invited to a holiday party and are tasked with bringing a tasty sweet treat, and this is just the thing that will have the guests raving. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve that will have your party guests wondering how you managed to make these mouth-watering little poppers on top of everything else.
It’s time to turn the party into a fiesta with this Spanish favourite, the natilla!
While you may not have heard of natillas, you’ve likely tasted this creamy goodness (or a similar variation) before and didn’t realise it. Think of flan, or even crème brûlèe. Here’s one reason we love them even more – they are a perfect make-and-take for any holiday gathering. This is one way to turn your friends and family into raving fans!
Thanks to the WMBT Silicone Muffin Cups, your natillas will look colourful and festive, and clean-up will be a breeze. And because you can make these and store them in the fridge, they’re a perfect after-school snack when you need to celebrate a great day.
Natillas are much-loved around the world as a refreshing dessert staple at Christmas festivities. Made with a mild, creamy base of eggs, cream and sugar, cultural variations incorporate additional flavours to really wake up the taste buds.
Traditionally flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla, natilla pairs beautifully with a variety of delicious fresh fruits and cookies. They truly make wonderful additions to the table during any party, and this explains why natillas have become loved worldwide and across cultures.
After making these just once, they’re sure to be start a new tradition in your household, too!
The opportunity for variety is one of the reasons we love this recipe so much at the WMBT HQ. On its own, its light, creamy texture makes it perfect for warm summer nights.
This is a great recipe to involve the kiddos, even the wee ones, to help in the baking process and in coming up with ideas for new flavour combinations. Let the tots choose the fruit or berries to use, or add the ingredients to the pan before heating. Big kids can work the hand mixer, and everyone can get involved with the decoration.
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s booklet, "Summery Holidays". It showcases a nourishing and delicious spread fit for the holidays and festive celebrations. Rocking party preps during the busiest time of the year have never been this easy-peasy! So be sure to check that one out, too.
Natillas With Berries
Preparing this sweet treat is easy.
Here’s everything you need to know to make this delectable dessert.
Makes 8 Muffin Cups | Prep 25 minutes
- Rind of 1 lemon, grated
- 1 vanilla pod
- 500 ml (2 cups) milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 egg yolks
- 50 g (1⁄4 cup) coconut sugar
- 2 heaped tbsp cornflour
- Fruit for decoration
Add lemon rind, vanilla pod, milk, and cinnamon stick to a pan and gently heat for 10 minutes. Be careful not to boil.
Meanwhile, mix egg yolk with coconut sugar with a hand mixer until you have a thick cream.
Add cornflour to egg mixture and mix until combined.
Remove cinnamon stick from the milk before pouring in the egg mixture. Stir continuously for 5-10 minutes. Bring to the boil then remove pan from the heat immediately.
Pour mixture into We Might Be Tiny Muffin Cups then decorate with fruit. Also delicious with a little fruit on the bottom of each Muffin Cup.
Enjoy served warm or chilled.
Natillas Are The Perfect Treat For Kids Of All Ages
Natillas are a great alternative to your kids’ usual sweets. Not only are they delectable and sweet, but they are also a fun snack to trick even your pickiest eater into loving fruit and different flavours.
But if you’re looking to switch things up a bit, try some of these variations for that “Yay, Mum!” moment.
Fruity Switch-up - Swap out the berries for a tart tang from kiwis or the sweet goodness of mangoes.
Holiday Spice & Everything Nice - Bring in the flavours of Christmas by adding a little more cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a hint of clove, even cardamon.
Just a Drizzle - Add a little flair of chocolatey goodness on top with a decorative swirl. Hint: use a light touch with the chocolate so you don’t overpower the creamy goodness of the custard.
A Hint of Mint - For a flavour that Santa himself would stop the sleigh for, add a hint of mint to the custard base for a holiday wow!
Nuts for Natilla - Top off your creamy concoction with a coarse chop of your favourite nuts. This will also add a different texture experience for the guests.
Big Kids Only - How about making two batches - one for the wee ones and one only for the big kids by adding a splash of your favourite rum or liqueur?
Natillas are wonderful treats for the whole year. But since we are nearing the holidays, they make a great addition to your Christmas table.
There’s just something about this delicious, decadent dessert that makes it perfect for warm weather holiday celebrations.
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