Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Caramenl Flan

Thursday was my husbands birthday.  Since he just had minor surgery on his neck his face was swollen and he was having a hard time eating.  He loves Flan so I made this for him instead of cake.
Flan is easy to make and is delicious.  Basically it is just an egg custard, this one has a caramel sauce.
This can also be made into an almond flavored flan with the addition of almond extract.

Caramel Flan

3/4C sugar
1/4 C water
Combine the water and sugar in a heavy sauce pan and cook over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil and boil brushing down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water.  Boil until syrup begins to turn golden.  Continue to boil until the caramel is golden.  Immediately pour into a baking dish.  Swirl the syrup around the baking dish until it coats half way up the sides. Let caramel harden.

3C whole milk
1C heavy cream
1C sugar 
5 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
1/4tsp salt
11/2tsp vanilla (for almond flan add 1/2-3/4 tsp almond extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla)
Bring milk and cream to a simmer in a 2 quart sauce pan over moderate heat.
Mean while whisk the eggs, yolks, salt, and the sugar in a large bowl.  Add hot milk a little at a time whisking constantly(be sure to add the hot milk slowly so the eggs don't scramble), then add the vanilla extract.  Pour the custard through a fine mesh sieve into the baking pan. Cover the pan with a double layer of foil.
Put the pan into a larger baking pan and pour enough boiling water into the pan to reach half way up the side of the baking dish.  Bake until a knife inserted into the flan comes out clean, about 11/4 hours.
Remove the baking dish from the water bath, remove foil and cool completely.
Cover flan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hrs.  Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the custard.  Invert a platter over the pan and invert the flan onto the plate.
I use a pie plate or deep sided platter to catch all the caramel syrup.  Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've always been afraid to try to make Flan. It looks beautiful. Perhaps I'll try it for Dave.


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