I love a good flan, and have experimented with many during the years of my flan-fixation. :) This one is quite lovely- both for ease of preparation, and for taste. It is denser then some I've tasted, not too heavy like some that use heavy cream, but texture-wise, very creamy and smooth. I got this recipe from a dear friend who gave me her mother's recipe from Cuba. Don't hesitate to make this recipe becuause you don't know what to do with the leftover egg-whites. There are lots of things to do with egg-whites! Use them in egg-flower soup, fried rice, egg-white omelettes, meringues, as the egg-binder in meatloaf, meatballs and spinach-artichoke dip, just to name a few. Enjoy. :) Note: prep time does not include cooling.
- Equipment: 1 quart flanera or 1 quart round casserole dish with lid AND 1 ovenproof dish or baking pan that the flanera or casserole will fit into.
- Caramel: Some people like to make caramel by adding water to sugar and then cooking it to a nice dark golden brown, and some just like to melt the sugar to golden without water. Either method will work here. If you are using a flanera, which is a metal pan with a lock-down lid, you can make the caramel right in the flanera. If you are using a casserole dish, make the caramel in a saucepan and pour into the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Custard: As you prepare the custard, the caramel will cool. In a separate bowl, beat the 1 whole egg and 5 egg yolks together. A whisk works very well here. Add the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk to the eggs and mix together. Add the vanilla extract, either 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon depending on what strength you prefer. Pour the custard mixture into the flanera or casserole dish over the hardened caramel. Put on the lid.
- Put your flan into the ovenproof dish or baking pan and fill with hot water to about half-way up the sides, or as high as you can go and still move the thing without spilling hot water on yourself.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and let set for another 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and the water-bath and let cool.
- Plating: Run a butter-knife around the outside edge of the flan. Place a plate large enough to handle the liquid caramel over the flan and invert. Chill the flan for at least an hour before serving.