Friday, March 6, 2009

Easy as Pie - Flan!

So I've yet to meet anyone who's never tried Flan before. But if that's you - then you absolutely need to try this recipe! Flan is just one of those desserts that are so light, fluffy, sweet and makes you want so much more! You will love this, I promise!

What You Need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cans (14 oz each) of sweetened, condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 cans (12 oz each) of evaporated milk
- Cinnamon
- A tall, round baking dish.
- Another baking dish - large enough to fit your round one into.

What To Do:
- The hardest part of this entire recipe is going to be caramelizing the sugar, because you definitely don't want it to burn!
- Start out by placing the cup of sugar in a saucepan over low heat.
- Stirring often, the sugar will slowly start to turn into a caramelized syrup. Once all of the sugar has been dissolved into syrup, take it off the heat and place in a tall, round baking dish. This sauce will end up being the top of your flan.

- Mix the sugar, eggs (beaten), condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla and cinnamon into a bowl.
- Once everything is incorporated, pour the batter into the round baking dish, over the caramelized syrup.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Place your round baking dish into your larger baking dish.
- Add enough water in the larger baking dish to basically come halfway up the length of your round baking dish.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Allow to cool.

- To remove the Flan:
- After the flan has sufficiently cooled, place the bottom of the baking dish
in a tub of hot water. You just want to have enough heat to re-caramelize the
syrup. If not, it will stick to the bottom of your baking dish.
- Place a plate over the flan, and flip the entire baking dish upside down. The
flan SHOULD pop out easily. I'm sorry if it sticks a bit and comes out
uneven. Trust me, no matter how it looks, it will be delicious!!


1 comment:

  1. I love Flan! :) There's a similar dish that my mom makes but it's called Pudding. Actually I think it might be the same but just different names. I've tried both and they both taste the same to me - both yummy :) I should check with her though.