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For the Love of Flan!

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on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Recipes

flanFlan is a delicious creamy custard that’s covered in ooey gooey goodness called "caramelo," which means "caramel” in Spanish. And it’s simply DIVINE! Flan is one of those traditional Latin desserts that originated from Spain and is made with simple ingredients of eggs, milk and sugar that can be embellished upon. Every baker claims they make the best flan ever! I don’t doubt that as there are more ways of making flan then there are ingredients in a chef’s cupboard.

 

If you Google “Flan”, you will find recipes for coconut flan, dulce de leche flan, cream cheese flan, guava flan, coffee flan, chocolate flan, flan de queso (cheese) and my new favorite, pumpkin flan. You get the point….but for me, I just love any kind of flan, because no matter what you add to it, the result is still a creamy, silky, explosion of caramelo sweetness that’s impossible to resist!!! I’ve made many variations of flan, but the basic version I stick with comes from my favourite chef, Daisy Martinez . Here it is...Oh yeah, and by the way, I happen to make the best flan ever!

 

Caramel Flan

1 cup sugar
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup milk
3 large eggs
3 yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup Nestle’s Media Crema or sour cream

 

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

 

Make the caramel: Have ready a 9-inch glass pie plate and a pair of potholders or oven mitts. Pour the sugar into a small, heavy saucepan. Set it over medium-low heat until the sugar starts to liquefy and form clumps. Stir slowly and constantly; the sugar will eventually liquefy completely, then begin to color. Pay careful attention to the caramel at this point; once it starts to color, it will darken quickly. Pull the pan from the heat when the caramel is the color of a bright, shiny penny. Scrape all the caramel into the pan, put on the mitts and grab the pie plate firmly. Carefully, but quickly, rotate the pan so the bottom and halfway up the sides of the plate are coated with caramel. Set the prepared pan into a shallow roasting pan.


Bring a tea kettle of water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, milk, eggs, yolks and vanilla in a blender jar. Blend on very low speed just until the eggs are blended, a few seconds. Add the Media Crema or sour cream and blend a few seconds until smooth. Let stand for a minute then scoop off any foam that rises to the surface.


Pull out the oven rack and set the roasting pan with the caramel-lined pie plate on the shelf. Pour the custard mix into the plate. Pour enough water from the tea kettle into the roasting pan to come halfway up the side of the plate. Bake until the center of the flan is set, about 35 minutes.

 

Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature in the water bath. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

 

To serve, center a large plate over the flan and, with one quick flip, invert the flan over the plate. Give it a few seconds—the flan will slip right out of the mold and onto the plate. Scrape any caramel left in the mold over the flan. Serve chilled.


Be extremely careful when working with caramel: By the time the caramel is brown enough to pour into the mold it will be very hot—much hotter than boiling water. Handle the pot and pie plate carefully and, when tilting the pan, keep it at arm’s length from you.

 

Enjoy!

 

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