Flan: a Cinco de Mayo dessert
It’s been an interesting day. I’ve cleaned toddler puke out of the cracks in a carseat with a Q-tip. I sat in my backyard for an hour with two preschoolers because I was locked out of my house. I learned that when you make caramel you shouldn’t stir it because it will turn into a whole bunch of clumpy clumpy sugar and look very un-caramel-like. And oh yeah, I made flan.
Flan is a popular Mexican dessert. With Cinco de Mayo coming up in a few days I wanted to share a related recipe. However, I decided to make an “easy” version of it, because as you can clearly tell from the above paragraph, if things can go wrong today they probably will. I got my recipe from Mexico in my Kitchen and filled in some of the missing details from Serious Eats.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 14 oz can condensed milk
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
Begin by making the caramel. I thought these instructions were helpful after I messed up my first attempt. Basically I combined the water and sugar over medium heat and then watched until it looked like it was the right color. A small amount of pan swirling was involved but NO STIRRING.
Pour the caramel into a 9 in cake pan. Swirl to coat bottom. Allow to harden.
Combine the other ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Pour over the caramel and cover the pan with foil.
Place the cake pan in a larger pan and fill with 3/4 in. warm water. (Side note – I put my flan on a cookie tray because I am not smart. Do you know how hard it is to get a cookie tray full of flan and hot water in and out of your oven? Super hard!! I didn’t think of using my roasting pan until after it was done baking.)
Bake at 325 degrees for one hour, until the flan looks firm, but still a little jiggly in the middle.
Cool the flan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Next, flip it on to a plate. (Side note – I was standing at the counter, about to flip my flan over and thinking, “what kind of stupid person makes a dessert you have to flip over on the day when everything else has gone wrong???” So when the flan came out of the pan PERFECTLY, I literally jumped for joy around the kitchen. Now my kids think I’m crazy, but that’s pretty much par for the course.)
|Why yes, I did take this photo on my porch and that is a reflection of my back door in the caramel. Thank you for asking.|