Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Caramel Custard Flan

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I LOVE this dessert.  Only 4 ingredients (plus a little water), PLUS those ingredients are just about always in your pantry.  I prefer making this with half and Half, but you can easily use whole milk instead if that saves you a trip to the store.

It is a wonderful dish to serve at a dinner party.  Allowing this to bake as the earlier courses are served means the house gets that warm sweet vanilla aroma.  The light soft sweet melt in your mouth texture is the perfect cap to an evening.

And of course, it is very easy to make.  Only thing to watch is to be sure to stir the sugar often as it is melting.   If the sugar burns you will need to start over.

If you are making this for a dinner party, you can do the prep work about 30 minutes early if you want it baking while you are dining.  OR you can make it in advance, serve chilled... OR make in advance and warm in a boiling water bath.

Simple, delicious and a unique texture and deep flavor... A Crowd pleaser!

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Caramel Custard

  • 2 Cups Sugar, Divided
  • 2 TBS Water
  • 2-1/4 Cups Half and Half
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
Cooking Instructions:
  1. In a large heavy saucepan, cook and stir 1 cup sugar over low heat until sugar is beginning to melt.  Add the water and continue to stir until golden. Pour into 4 - large custard cups, tilting to coat bottom of cup; let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, Half and Half, vanilla and remaining sugar until combined but not foamy. Pour over caramelized sugar.
  3. Place the cups in two 9X13 Casserole baking pans. Pour boiling water in pans to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
  4. To unmold, run a knife around rim of cup and invert onto dessert place.
  5. Best when served warm but can be served chilled, farnish with a sprig of mint and ENJOY!


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