Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Flan: A Classic With Only 5 Ingredients

So easy to make with such a delicate result. It was one of the first foods 
our pediatrician told me to offer my boys when they were first starting to eat solid food.

It's so delicious! At home, we usually have it as a dessert with dulce de leche or by itself. It goes very well with whipped cream too!

This is what you'll need.

Start by adding 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to the milk. Stir, and heat the milk until it boils. I used low fat milk. 

Add the already boiled milk to 6 beaten eggs. If you want a thicker, denser flan you can add more eggs. The more eggs you use the more solid the flan will be. 

Mix in the milk with the eggs.

Pour caramel into the base of a jelly mold. If you don't currently have a mold at home, you can use any type of "oven friendly" container. This is a very easy recipe that has been made for centuries so anything goes!
You can get caramel at the store or you can make it by heating sugar in a pan until it turns golden. Easy, right?

Incorporate the mixture of milk and eggs to the mold. Put the mold to bain-marie for about 40 to 45 minutes in a medium to high temperature oven or until the top is golden/brown. 

Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Separate the flan from the edges of the mold and remove it by placing a big plate on top and then turning it upside down. Good luck with that...and voilĂ !!!

So there you have it, 5 ingredients to a sophisticated result. Have you ever made flan? Do you use a different recipe? Let me know! I would love to try new ones.

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