Jericalla Custard

2019 Food January 2019

By Manzanillo Writer from the January 2019 Edition

This rich custard, named after the small city of Jerico in Colombia, is also popular in Mexico, particularly in the Guadalajara and Puebla regions. 


  • 3 cups milk 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 2-inch piece true cinnamon bark 
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise  
  • 3 egg yolks 


In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the milk, sugar and cinnamon. Using the tip of a small knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk. Bring to a slow boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the mixture is thick enough just to coat the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. Strain the milk mixture into a bowl and let cool slightly.  

Preheat an oven to 325°F.

In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until blended. Add 1/3 cup of the hot milk mixture, stirring constantly, then pour the egg mixture into the rest of the milk mixture, stirring constantly. Divide the mixture evenly among 6 to 8 flameproof custard dishes or ramekins. Place the custard dishes on a rack in a baking pan, making sure they do not touch, and pour hot water into the pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a custard comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

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