Flan, The Way It Was Meant To Be

Nov 11, 11 Flan, The Way It Was Meant To Be

There’s nothing quite as heavenly as a sweet, soft flan melting in your mouth. The taste of it is reminiscent of family gatherings and big Sunday lunches at abuelita’s. Every Latina, from Mexico to Argentina, knows what an incomparable treat a well-made flan is, as every Latin American nation has its own version. Flan is basically made up of eggs and a liquid that varies by region and/or the chef’s whim, which can be sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk. There are other things that can be added for flavor or texture, like vanilla extract, chocolate, fruit purée or cheese. If you want to prepare a delicious flan that will rival any dessert, Chef Uchi Davidzon shares an easy recipe with us:

Ingredients:

250 grs. sugar

740 ml whole milk

1 vanilla extract

250 grs. sugar

7 eggs

1 egg yolk

Dulce de leche (to taste)

Chantilly cream (to taste)

Caramel decoration

Preparation:

Caramel

1. Prepare caramel with 250 grs. sugar and a little water in a saucepan  and cook until it begins to turn brown

2. Pour the caramel into ramekins

Flan

1. Mix milk, vanilla, and half the sugar in a saucepan and bring in to boil in bain marie

2. Mix eggs and yolks with the rest of the sugar

3. Add the mixture from step 2 into the one of step 1

4. Strain the mixture through a chinoise

4. Fill the molds with the mixture and place it in a deep pan with water

5. Bake at low heat (300˚F) for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the dessert gets a thick consistency

6. Let it cool and place in the refrigerator (overnight if possible)

7. Pass a knife around the flan

8. Remove the mold on a tray

9. Connect the two flans with a drop of dulce de leche

10. Serve with whipped cream or with caramel decoration

Chef Uchi Davidzon was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a food writer and dessert guide at About.com, a digital property of The New York Times Co. Uchi is a Pastry Chef from FCI (French Culinary Institute New York) who was awarded Les Dame D´Escoffier NYC 2010. She is the founder of Lola Mora Catering NYC and publishes the Latin Food Lovers blog which was awarded the best food blog by Blogs By Latinas Awards 2011.

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