After taking some time to look over past blog posts I realized that I have no Mexican desserts. (unacceptable) I know that everyone has a bit of a sweet tooth and something needed to be done! So, I took it upon myself to make some flan. At first, I thought this sounded like a daunting task, but after some research I discovered this flan thing doesn’t look too hard. This was my first experience making my own flan, and I was pleasantly surprised about how easy this dessert really is. With that being said, let’s get flan-ning! (Sorry, for some reason adding ‘flan’ to unsuspecting words is really entertaining to me!)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of whole milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
To begin you have to caramelize the sugar and to my surprise all you need is sugar and some heat. Add your sugar to a non-stick saucepan and turn to medium heat. Stir occasionally until mostly liquid. Once it starts liquefying stir consistently until all liquid. Pour melted sugar (quickly) into small porcelain baking dishes or pie pan. Make sure liquid covers the bottom of the pan. (I used a greased pie pan)
Here is what the sugar melting process looks like:
Alright, that is the tough part. After the melted sugar is resting nicely in the bottom of your pan it is time to get the blender out. Mix all wet ingredients together. Pour all wet ingredients into blender, add cinnamon, and hit liquefy!
After ingredients are blended pour on top of liquefied sugar. Place pie dish or porcelain dishes in a larger baking dish. Add 1 inch of hot water to the baking dish so it surrounds the bottom of the pan with flan inside. Be careful when placing in the oven, the pie dish is full! (I spilled a little into the baking dish and it didn’t seem to affect anything. )
Bake at 350 for 60 min. You will know it is finished if you stick a toothpick inside and it comes out clean. It will still look a little wobbly, but remember it is a custard not a cake!
Here is a fully baked flan.
The top turns a little brown. It will need to rest in pie pan until at room temperature. Once it is room temperature, flip flan over onto a plate and refrigerate for 30 min. before serving.
Now, invite your friends over to enjoy some delicious dessert!
You want to know how I made that fancy topper?? Click on Sugar Decorations to learn more!