Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Simple Flan Recipe

I wanted to share a dessert recipe that I grew up on. My mother would make it and then cover it with foil and put it in the refrigerator and like a good mother she shook her finger at us and in her most stern voice told us to stay out of it until it's cool. BUT as good little children, we never listened. We would come flying through the kitchen, pull the foil up and drag our little fingers through. By the time it was time to eat our flan we had left little finger streaks over every inch of the top of the custard. I will always have fond memories of sneaking into the flan!

Flan

  1. 2 cans evaporated milk (12 oz)
  2. 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the over to 325 degrees F. Take the brown sugar and push it into the bottom of a 13x9 glass cake pan. Mix all the other ingredients really well and then pour it over top of the brown sugar. If the brown sugar comes up it'll be okay- it goes back down when it cooks. I use a 10x15 cake pan to place the 13x9 into and then fill the 10x15 up with about 1.5-2" of water then place into the oven. Bake for approximately 1 hour until you can insert a butter knife into the center and it comes out clean. Cover and cool in the refrigerator overnight and serve cold. 

You can also use custard dishes or pie pans to bake in. When you make it smaller you can just flip the flan dish over and let the brown sugar run over the flan, or simply flip each slice over and spoon the brown sugar over top.

My favorite way to switch this up is to take a dry chocolate cake mix and pour it out over top of the flan before baking, bake, and then dust any excess powder off the top. It makes a yummy chocolate layer over the top!  

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