Portuguese Orange Custard with California Raisin Glaze

Orange flavored gelled custard/mousse with raisin glaze.




    • 1 packets unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon)
    • 1 cup pasteurized orange juice
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • Grated zest of 1 oranges (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 6 large egg yolks
    • 3 egg whites

    California Raisin Glaze

    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 1/2 cups California raisins



    In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in orange juice. Heat cream in a medium saucepan until hot; stir in orange zest, sugar and gelatin mixture until gelatin dissolves. Beat egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of hot cream mixture and then slowly add yolk-cream mixture back to saucepan. Return pan to heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly until wisps of steam start to rise from the mixture. DO NOT SIMMER. Pour mixture into a stainless steel bowl; set aside to cool to at least 90°F to 100°F.

    Whip egg whites to firm peaks and fold into the cool yolk-cream mixture. Divide contents into 12 small molds (6-ounce molds) and refrigerate overnight.

    Raisin Glaze

    In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat and dissolve brown sugar in water. Add raisins and bring to a simmer. Reduce by half; remove from heat and chill.

    To Serve

    Dip molds into hot water for 15 seconds, being careful not to completely submerge the mold. Invert onto serving plate and tap or shake to remove custard. Spoon glaze over and serve.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 330 (47% from fat); Total Fat 17g (sat 10g, mono 5g, poly 1g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 160mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 41g; (Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 39g; ); Iron 1mg; Sodium 45mg; Calcium 60mg; Potassium 294mg

    This recipe is found in the following categories:

    Special Diet

    3 Responses

    1. alice says:

      I can’t wait to try the orange glaze over my Mexican Flan.

    2. Melinda says:

      Let us know how the California Raisin Glaze turns out!

    3. Penelope says:

      This recipe is absolutely THE BEST! It has become my ‘go to’ dessert recipe when planning to have guests for dinner. It’s especially good as the ending bite to a spicy Latino dinner. Unfortunately, the molds I have aren’t as eye-appealing as the recipe photo and I can’t find a source for 6-ounce molds. If anyone knows where I can purchase them, I would love a response.

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