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Cocina Cubana Club Cafe con Leche Custard


Cafe con leche is the traditional "latte" that most Cubans drink for breakfast. It combines a strong espresso coffee with steamed milk and sugar.


  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans for garnish


  1. Stir cornstarch into 1 cup milk, stirring until smooth.
  2. In top of a double boiler, pour the remaining milk, cream, instant coffee powder and sugar. Stir over medium-high heat until thickened. Cover and let simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Beat the eggs well. Slowly add 1 cup of the hot coffee mixture to the eggs, beating continually.
  4. Pour egg mixture into remaining coffee mixture in the double boiler, still over heat, and beat well to incorporate. Cover and simmer 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into coffee cups. Cover with plastic wrap, leave to cool and then refrigerate.
  6. When chilled, top with fresh whipped cream and 1 chocolate covered espresso bean.

Serves 4.

Source: Cocina Cubana Club, Havana, Cuba - Pascual Perez and Sonia Martinez

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