Purin – Japanese Dessert Custard

Another delicate dessert for spring! Purin, along with the cotton cheesecake, is among my favorite Japanese desserts. Japanese desserts are not as sweet as ours. I hope you will enjoy this variation of a worldwide dessert staple.

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All around the world, there are variants of this recipe – flan, crème brulee’, leche flan, caramel crème…The Japanese version is softer ,  more delicate, less sweet.  It is a delicious end to a heavy meal or an excellent light dessert to serve with a cold plate, salady luncheon.  I like to chill and then unmold on a plate and serve with some fresh cut fruit to garnish – strawberries, blueberries, aspic cutter flowers of thin sliced melons, thin slices or half moons of kiwi….. 

If The Kentucky Bourbon Cake (see recipe under a previous post) is a luxurious and expensive call girl of a dessert, this dessert is a fairy princess.

 Ingredients and Instructions


2 cups whole milk

2/3 c. sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp. good vanilla extract

Butter (for greasing custard cups/molds) 


6 tbs sugar

2 tbs water + 1 tbs warm water 

Butter six custard cups/molds.  Heat 2…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. FlaHam
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 14:24:08

    Kanzen, okay you win. I am drooling. Thank you, Bill


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 25, 2014 @ 15:02:39

      HaHa! When one is only 4’10”, one learns the best weapons to use! and this is good. If you sneak a bit of matcha in or a tad of orange zest, even better


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