Recipe: Natillas {23 Days of Handmade Christmas}

handmade christmasDay 14: Dessert! 

I looooove desserts!  I wanted to make something that is traditionally served in New Mexico during the holidays.  Natillas (pronouned Nuh-tee-uhs) is a Mexican soft-custard.  It is delicious!  It can be served either warm or cold and is one of my favorites!  I could eat the entire pot!  It’s really easy to make as well!


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
Place egg yolks, flour and 1 cup of milk in a small mixing bowl.  Stir until you have a smooth consistency.  Set aside.


In a medium pan, add remaining milk, sugar and salt.  Heat to scald at medium heat.


Add the egg mixture to the scalded milk, mix well.   Continue to cook on medium heat until it reaches a soft custard consistency.  Remove custard from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Very important it is not too hot before going to the next step!


Beat egg whites in a mixing bowl until they are stuff, but not dry.


Fold the egg whites into the custard.  You can leave it in the pan or transfer to individual serving bowls.  Chill and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon before serving!

Please be sure to visit Amanda at Midwestern Moms to see the Egg Nog Cheesecake she made! YUM!


  1. says

    😛 One of our friends makes this custard like dessert. Haven’t had any in a while, may have to ask her to make some soon. Natillas is a delicious delight.

  2. sylvia says

    I make this often my family loves it. But I find when I refrigerate it over night it separates. Do you experience that?

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