Leche Asada


This sweet, cinnamon-lemon custard is Chile's answer to the creme brulee.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • 1 quart whole milk

  • 1 lemon, zest cut off in 1/2-inch-wide strips

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 eggs

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup pisco (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Pour the milk into a saucepan along with the lemon zest and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn heat off, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.

  3. Gently beat the eggs and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly beat in 1 cup of the hot milk, a little at a time, until it has been incorporated. Stir the egg mixture back into the hot milk, pour in the pisco, and mix until well combined.

  4. Pour the custard through a fine mesh sieve into a 2-quart ceramic casserole dish to remove the lemon zest and cinnamon. Bake in preheated oven until set, and browned on top, about 30 minutes. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
9g Fat
25g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 214mg 16%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 284mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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