Recipe by MinatheBrat
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.
Top Review by karinaldasilva
Mina I have made not one, not two, but three flans since getting this recipe here! My husband eats it like there is no tomorrow and I can say that this is "the best" flan I have ever made, I am originally from Brazil and we also make flan, but my mom's recipe uses all the egg whites which made the flan very fluffly and light good though but one day we went to a Cuban restaurant and I had their flan...there are no words, I thank you so much!!!! *I caramelize the side of the flanera as well so that when you cut you get the caramel on all angles!!
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon water (optional)
- 1 whole egg
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.