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Looking for a dessert that will leave your dinner guests asking for seconds? Or do you want to prepare a home-made dessert but you don’t have an oven? Then, this is the dish for you! A spanish version of a homemade custard, a.k.a Natillas recipe.

Homemade Natillas
Fresh Homemade Natillas (or Custard)

The origin of custard is not very well known. Although Ancient Roman cooks were the first to recognize the binding properties of eggs, most experts agree that it was created in monasteries during the middle ages, and this may indeed be the case, since it doesn’t require special ingredients.

Was it created in Spain? Maybe yes, maybe no. But what is true about it is that Natillas are very popular all around Spain and they are very easy to prepare.

This makes this Natillas recipe the perfect one for beginners and pros. Have a look

Homemade Natillas

Natillas Recipe

Do you want to prepare a home-made dessert but you don't have an oven? A homemade spanish custard, a.k.a Natillas recipe is the perfect choice!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 346 kcal


  • 750 ml milk
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • Cookies (to serve on top. Optional)


  • First of all, separate the yolks from the egg-white. Whisk the yolks and add about 250 ml of milk, mixing everything together very well.
  • Heat the rest of the milk and add 4 or 5 drops of vanilla extract. Add the sugar and leave it on low heat it until it starts boiling.
  • Add about a third of the boiling milk into the bowl that contains the eggs and the cold milk. Stir it well. Leave it on low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken. It is essential to make sure the mixture is hot but doesn’t boil, because this would ruin the natillas.
  • Place it in a bowl until it cools down. Then, you can serve the natillas in a glass with some cinnamon and a cookie on top.


Calories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 12gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 409mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 287mgSugar: 40gVitamin A: 823IUCalcium: 258mgIron: 1mg
Keyword custard, natillas, spanish custard, spanish dessert
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