Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Basic Flan and 4th of July weekend

We had a great 4th of July weekend with good friends. 
Went to three different BBQs, ate a lot of good food and just relaxed! 
I took some yummy flan to one of the celebrations! 
Here's the recipe:

Flan is very popular in almost every Hispanic country (and many other parts of the world), there are many different variations. 
This is the basic recipe. 

1/3 cup. sugar
3 eggs
1 (12oz) can of evaporated milk
1 (14 oz) can of condensed milk
(add one package of cream cheese for Cheese Flan)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
whipped cream (optional)

Here's what to do:

  • Pre heat oven to 350 F 
  • Melt the sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat until caramelized.
  • Grease a round cake dish and pour the caramelized sugar onto the bottom. (Work quickly because sugars hardens very quickly when cooled) You can also use individual ramekins.
  • Beat the eggs with a wisk until foamy.
  • Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk, and vanilla extract to the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake dish (the sugar should be completely hard by now).
  • Place a larger deep dish into the oven and place the cake pan inside. Fill the deep dish with water (about 1/2 of the way up) to bake the flan in a water bath.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, the flan will set and it will jiggle a little bit, that's fine.
  • Remove from water bath (careful not to get any of the water inside the flan)
  • Let cool completely then refrigerate for about 1/2 hour before eating (this will help it set a bit more).
  • Turn out onto a flat dish, the sugar will drip over the flan.
  • Cut into slices and garnish with whipped cream if desired!

Enjoying the 4th of July with my baby

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