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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Authentic Mexican Flan

Flan is a traditional Mexican custard dessert, it has a delicate and creamy texture and is very sweet, feel free to add fresh orange zest to the custard to give a different flavor and I always finish mine with fresh berries for tartness.

1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1-12oz can evaporated milk
1-14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
sliced fresh fruit (optonal)

Boiling hot water, enough to come 1/2 way up the dish in the roasting pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a 9 inch circular glass baking dish into a roasting pan and place in the middle rack in the oven to heat up.

1. Heat sugar in a medium-sized sauce pan to medium heat, stirring occasionally with a silicone spatula to melt all the sugar. This typically takes 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile..

2. While the sugar is melting; add eggs, both milks and vanilla into a blender and blend for a few seconds to ensure a smooth mixture.

3. Once the sugar has melted into a smooth, golden syrup. Remove the roasting pan from the oven, pour sugar syrup into the circular dish and turn the dish around with hot mitts to swirl the syrup across and along the sides. Let sit for a minute and pour egg and milk mixture into the syrup dish and return to the roasting pan. 

4. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan to make a hot bath for the flan.
 Return to oven and bake for 60 minutes.

5. Once flan is removed from the oven, let cool and then transfer to your refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

6. After refrigeration, run a knife around the edges of the dish, then place the bottom of the dish onto a shallow baking pan and pour boiling water around it, not in the flan, the hot water will help melt the caramel that will be the topping once inverted. Next, place the plate or serving platter on top of the flan and quickly flip to invert the flan, tap the bottom of the flan dish to help release it.

You can garnish the flan with some whipped cream or some fresh fruit for a contrast in texture and flavor.

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