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Here's a simple recipe that my mom's used for years. She picked it up somewhere in South America (either in Peru or Brazil). It's fast, easy and very tasty. The cinnamon makes all the difference. Using a tube pan makes it bake more evenly and more quickly and makes for a prettier presentation.
- Coat tube pan with caramelized sugar.
- Allow to harden, then place pan in container with ice cold water until the caramelized sugar cracks.
- Mix other ingredient in order, stir well and pour in mold.
- Place mold in pan with 2" hot water in preheated oven.
- Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until firm.
- Let cool, then invert and unmold.
- Decorate with fresh berries or edible flowers, if desired.
This is a great recipe, and it's great that it's based around whole cans of milk, instead of leaving you with partials. I make mine with 7 eggs, and I go a bit heavier on the vanilla and cinnamon. A tip! Don't try to flip your flan onto a plate. Instead, put your plate upside down on your baking vessel and flip both together, give the vessel a jiggle, and it should pop out exactly where you want it.
I LOVE flan, and am quite picky about it. I also grew up eating egg custard (w/ & w/o rice and nutmeg).
This is a terrific recipe! My family (extended) love it, and it is super easy to adjust to personal tastes. I have tried quite a few flan recipes, but almost gave up trying to find that perfect one... this recipe does it all!
I love that the recipe is super easy. I always have eggs in the house, so as long as I keep two cans each of condensed and evaporated milk in my pantry, I will always have a stand-by dessert for the unexpected. Not only is it convenient, but flexible, inexpensive, fool-proof, and delicious. It doesn't leave me with half a dozen egg-whites leftover to figure out what to do with, but is still super smooth and rich.
The Easy Flan recipe is way better than ones that use milk and sugar instead of condensed milk alone as the sweetener.
I've already made this recipe 5 times in two months!
Here are the variations I have tried:
w/ no additions
nutmeg/mace, mixed-in & on top
substitute one can coconut milk for one can evaporated milk
as few as 8 eggs, up to 12 eggs
w/ & w/o caramel
It's delicious EVERY time. Try it, you won't regret it!
I'm going to go make some more right now...
My Husband could not stop eating it little nibbles here and there. My Husband made this recipe with 7 eggs and instead of using regular cinnamon, he used cimmanom sugar (I forgot we were out of cinnamon). Everyone loved it. We will be using this one over and over.