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Catholic Recipe: Jiricalla (custard)


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup masa (or 2 tablespoons of cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup water


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Origin: United States California Missions


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This is the nearest to ice cream that the early Californians knew. This is one of the traditional foods eaten in the California Missions. So many of these foods are a combination from Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures.

Foods from the California Missions are a wonderful way to honor Franciscan saints like St. Junipero Serra.


Separate the eggs and beat the yolks lightly. Scald the milk, add the sugar and nutmeg; then add slowly to the beaten egg yolks. Dilute the masa with the water, blending well. Add the milk - egg mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring all the while, until it thickens. Beat the egg whites until light and fluffy, put on top of the jiricalla; sprinkle sparingly with sugar, place in the oven just long enough to set the meringue. Cool.

Recipe Source: California Missions: A Complete Pictorial History and Visitor's Guide, The by Sunset Editors, Sunset Books, 1979