Natilla (Creamy Egg Custard)
A direct descendant of the Spanish crema catalana, natilla is a rich, creamy egg custard made without the crispy sugar topping. It's sweet, thick, comforting and perfect for entertaining, because it can be prepared ahead. Be careful when adding eggs to the warm milk mixture; if you combine them too quickly you can wind up scrambling the eggs. To prevent that, add the milk mixture to the eggs very slowly in order to increase their temperature gradually.