If you don’t know what flan is, you are missing out. It is a dessert that originated in Spain, but it is pretty popular throughout Latin America. The base ingredients are eggs, but you add to that milk, cream, and vanilla and you get a delicious custard.
I also find that it is an elegant dessert and you can easily make individual portions for entertaining. You will just need to decrease the baking time. The caramelized sugar over the custard looks downright cool. Garnish with fresh fruit or leave it as is. Dress it up or dress it down as you wish.
The recipes to make flan will vary from person to person. You will find that there are different ways of making it using different methods and different ingredients. This recipe, is our family favorite. Some people like to add cream cheese and others like myself, omit the cream cheese. It is all based on preference, but as long as it comes out the way you like it, it does not matter if you used a blender or a mixer or if you used cream cheese or not or if you use the whole egg, or just the egg yolks. Experiment, and find your own family favorite flan recipe!!!
If you have never had flan before it is similar to creme brûlée, but different of course. It is a popular dessert in Mexico and other Latin American countries
2. Combine all the ingredients except for the sugar in a blender and blend for a minute or so. Set aside.
3. In a small sauce pan, slowly heat up the cane sugar until you get a caramel consistency. Be careful not to burn the sugar or it will give your flan a bitter aftertaste (some people like that, so it is up to you if you want to burn the sugar a bit). While it is still piping hot, pour the melted sugar into the 8x8 pan making sure to cover the bottom. Now pour the rest of the blended ingredients into the pan.
4. Boil water and pour it into the pan you had picked for the water bath. Slowly, without burning yourself, place the 8x8 pan with the flan mixture into the hot water bath. Now put both pans into the oven. The water should reach about half way up the flan pan.
5. Bake for approximately 60 minutes. The flan is done when when a toothpick comes out clean.
6. Let it cool and then chill for a few hours. When you are ready to serve it, flip the pan to transfer the flan to a serving platter.