Cremas

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What is cremas (Kremas) ? It’s a sweet and creamy alcoholic beverage which main ingredients are coconut cream and rum 🙂
This beverage is usually served on holidays or special occasions.

At first I used to think that  the name ” Cremas” derived from describing  the creamy texture of the drink.
Well, I still believe that the name still refers to that description.
However, after some research, I discovered that ” cremas ” is actually the name of a stone; a stone which color greatly resembles that of the drink.

My mother and her comere (My sister’s godmother) would sometimes meet on Sundays, sit at the table and chat over some cremas  and sweet pastry (gateau au beurre). At a very young age (maybe between 15 and 16) , my sister and I would feel privileged to be part of  this Sunday ” litany “. Less interested in the chit chats of the two adults but much more interested in the sweet delicacies.

Ingredients:
2 cans of evaporated milk (12oz)
2 coconuts or 1 can of cream of coconut (15oz)
2 cans of condensed milk (12oz)
4 cups of sugar or less if preferred
A bottle of Haitian rum (preferably, BARBANCOURT)
nutmeg
cinnamon
vanilla extract
zest of lime
3/4 cup of sun-dried raisins (optional)

Directions
These directions are the easiest you’ll ever find.
Grate the flesh of the coconut and use a sieve to filter the water of the coconut from its flesh.
Press as hard as you can. Discard of the flesh and save the milk of the coconut to add in your mixture.
This step can be replaced by just adding the can of cream of coconut to the mixture.

Leave the sugar aside.
Put the raisins in a bowl. Use a fork to poke them all around and leave them to soak in the rum for about 30mns to 1 hour.
Use a big container/bowl, pour all the other ingredients in it and mix with a wooden spoon until everything looks well blended in.
Pour your sugar in the mix gradually until it is sweet enough for you.
Then add your raisins in the container. Use your spoon to swirl them into your mix.

Enjoy!

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