Today, I just want to share with you our homemade spanish custard dessert recipe, also commonly known as natillas here in Spain.
I started making it in March and made it 3 times now because it’s one of my boys’ favorite desserts, together with my homemade petit suisse.
This homemade natillas is called “mamatillas” in our home. The husband has made a term for it, just like how he made “mama suisse“. 🙂
This homemade natillas recipe is based on the recipe of De La Olla A La Mesa (Spanish vlogger). I like that she uses the entire eggs instead of only using the yolks.
I made my own version of it by using our own raw honey instead of sugar, arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and omitting the vanilla.
Homemade Spanish Custard Dessert Recipe (Natillas)
- 1 L whole milk
- 120 gr honey
- lemon peels of 1 lemon
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- cinnamon powder for decoration
- marie biscuits (optional)
Step-by-step Instructional Video From De La Olla A La Mesa
The video is in Spanish though. But it’s still easy to follow even if you don’t speak the language.
Lessons And Notes From Making Homemade Natillas
- You can use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder. The original recipe uses cornstarch. I didn’t have cornstarch but have arrowroot powder.
- Use a big pot. The 1st and 2nd time I made it, I was using a small pot, so it was almost full. It took a lot of time (30-40 minutes) to make the consistency thick. Then the 3rd time, I made it with a big pot and it reached a thick consistency within 5-6 minutes.
- You can use another type of milk. But I always use whole milk.
- The original recipe used 120 gr. of sugar, but I tried to use less honey at first. But I end up putting more to achieve the desired sweetness. I used a total of 120 gr. honey.
- Transfer them to individual small jars (about 125 gr. capacity) for easy serving. I use the same repurposed jars that I used to store my homemade petit suisse. Save small jars of tuna, olives, etc. so you don’t have to buy anymore.
- It can result up to 10-11 servings, depending how big and how full the individual containers are. I was able to fill 11 jars (approx. 125 gr. capacity) on my 3rd time of making it. The 11th jar was only half full.
What Is Spanish Custard Dessert Or Natillas?
Natillas (pronounced as natiyas) is one of the very common desserts here in Spain.
My husband grew up eating this dessert and up until now, he likes it very much. Eventually, he introduced it to our firstborn, and now it’s one of his favorite desserts, too.
According to Wikipedia, Natillas is a term in Spanish for a variety of custards and similar delicacies in the Spanish-speaking world.
In Spain, natillas is a custard dessert typically made with milk, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and cinnamon. It is prepared by gently boiling the milk and slowly stirring in the eggs (most often just the yolks) and other ingredients to create a sweet custard.
Wikipedia further states that spanish custard dessert is also similar to flan but is typically richer, makes generous use of cinnamon flavoring, and does not use caramel as flan normally does.
Approval From The Husband And The Kids
I just made this homemade natillas for the 3rd time yesterday (April 27) and this time I made it smoothly without any issues unlike the 1st and 2nd time.
I made it before lunch. The husband was already asking if they can have it for dessert. I said, not yet.
So they had it for dessert after dinner and the husband instantly said: hmmmm it’s delicious just like the ones from the store.
I asked him if he’s not going to buy natillas from the store anymore and his reply was: not anymore if you keep making it. 🙂
The kids were also happily eating there mamatillas.
What a joy! I left them enjoying their natillas to change my clothes with a smile of contentment and happiness that I was finally successful in making homemade natillas.
Simple pleasures are the best!
My Love For Making Homemade Desserts
Making homemade versions of store-bought things is something that I love doing at home. Only if I have a lot of time, I would love to make more homemade stuff.
But because chasing 2 small kids and running a household are already very time-consuming, so homemade desserts is the priority at the moment.
I make homemade desserts as much as possible for 2 major reasons:
1. To make a healthier version of the store-bought desserts my boys love.
Though we try to eat healthy most of the time, but my husband likes store-bought desserts like natillas, petit suisse, and gelatin. He’s actually the one who introduced these things to #1, and now that #2 is eating solids, he is slowly introducing them to him, as well.
Everytime I tell my husband that the store-bought desserts he’s buying are not very good because they’re loaded with sugar, but his argument is always the same: they’re good because he has eaten them his entire life and nothing bad happened to him.
I don’t want to argue with my husband everytime we talk about these things, and I don’t want him and the kids to feel deprived of eating desserts, neither.
To solve this issue, I have to make a homemade version of their favorite desserts that are healthier. But they should not only be healthier, but they should also be delicious because no matter how healthy they are, they’re not going to eat them no matter what if they’re not delicious.
How did I know? Because I already made few homemade desserts that were a total fail! They were not delicious, so they end up in the garbage.:)
2. To lessen our plastic waste.
All the store-bought desserts that my boys like come in individual plastic containers. That’s a lot of plastic packaging, especially when my husband buys all 3 of them at the same time.
We have been trying to lessen our plastic waste since 2018. We are making small progress here and there, but still a LOT of changes to be done.
What homemade desserts are you making at home? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below, so I can try making them, too.
And If you’ll make this recipe at home, please let me know how it goes.