What is "Purin"?
Purin is a sweet custard-jelly like dessert with a thin layer of runny caramel. This dessert is popular with kids and adults all over the world.
You might know it in your home country as "flan", "creme caramel", custard pudding, caramel custard or even another name. In Japan it is called "purin" (プリン) which literally means pudding.
All I know is that purin is one of Japan's most loved desserts, you can find it in any convenience store or supermarket and there are many varieties to choose from!
Types of Purin in Japan
- Purin (プリン) - the standard purin is made with eggs, milk, cream and caramel then set with gelatin.
- Mushi Purin (蒸しプリン) - this purin is steamed and the texture is a bit firmer than regular purin.
- Yaki-purin (焼きプリン) - purin baked in the oven.
There are also unusual flavours of purin!
- Sweet potato
- Chocolate mint
All of these interesting flavours just goes to show how much Japanese people love purin!
Tips for this recipe
- Use fresh pasteurized eggs that have been refrigerated. I've included an extra step for people who like prefer to cook their eggs more or can't access pasteurized eggs, but to create this extra soft melt in the mouth purin, it's better not to cook the eggs .
- Use full fat milk and double cream to create a rich taste and creamy texture.
- When making the caramel, don't be tempted to stir it whilst cooking. And wear an oven glove when adding the water, it sizzles a lot and might splash!
- It should set within 3 hours but if you're making this for guests, I recommend making it the day before just in case.
Are purin and flan the same?
I've never tried flan in the U.S but I've heard that Japanese purin is more similar to Mexican flan.
Is purin the same as custard?
They have mostly the same ingredients but custard is cooked and thickened in a saucepan which then becomes thick whilst still runny. Purin is set either with gelatin or through a cooking method. (see types of purin above)
How long can I store purin in the refrigerator?
I recommend eating it within 3 days. (Not that it lasts that long in my house haha)
Can I freeze purin?
I haven't tried it but I heard that you can. It's better fresh though and the texture might change if it's frozen.
Making your own fresh purin at home is very easy! It takes some time to set, but it's well worth the wait! Let's get started.