Cajeta Gelatin

End a full-flavored Mexican meal with smooth, cool custard.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

Gelatin

2
envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2
cup water
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 3/4
cups cajeta (goat milk candy spread), from 23.3-oz jar
2
tablespoons brandy, if desired

Crème Anglaise

2
egg yolks
1/4
cup sugar
1
cup whipping cream
1 1/2
teaspoons brandy or 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mint leaves, if desired

  • 1 Spray 8 (6-oz) custard cups with cooking spray. In small microwavable bowl, sprinkle gelatin on water. Let stand about 2 minutes to soften. Microwave on High 30 to 45 seconds, stirring after 15 seconds, until gelatin is dissolved.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat evaporated milk over medium heat until hot. DO NOT BOIL. Stir in cajeta until well blended. Stir in gelatin mixture and 2 tablespoons brandy. Pour into custard cups. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate about 8 hours or until set.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling over low heat. Stir small amount of whipping cream into egg yolk mixture; slowly stir mixture into whipping cream in saucepan. Cook over low heat about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until custard coats a spoon. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons brandy. Cover surface with waxed paper. Cool 15 minutes. Refrigerate until mixture is cold, at least 4 hours or overnight, until serving time.
  • 4 To unmold, run knife around edge of cups to loosen; turn upside down onto individual dessert plates. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve with crème anglaise. Cover and refrigerate any remaining gelatin.

Expert Tips

Cajeta is typically made from goat's milk and is available at well-stocked grocery stores and at Mexican markets.

This is a great dessert to make the night before a party since it can be refrigerated overnight.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
115mg
115%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
10g
10%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
11g
11%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.