Recipe by looneytunesfan
This is a Rick Bayless recipe posted by request for ElissaZ.
Top Review by RBM
I am a little torn in writing this review. After reading the other reviews, I set my oven timer to 25 minutes. I think other people have much larger custard dishes than I do, because at 25 minutes, they were DEFINITELY overbaked. Overall, I enjoyed these, but I"m mad that I didn't follow the initial suggestion of 20 minutes. Also, my caramel hardened too quickly to coat the sides of the custard dishes.
For the Caramel
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄3 cup water
For the Custard
- 2 cups half-and-half (or 1 1/2 cups milk plus 1/2 cup heavy cream)
- 2 cups milk
- 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 10 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons Kahlua or 1 1⁄2 tablespoons other coffee liqueur
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
Directions See How It's Made
- Set out 10 small custard cups, and a roasting pan large enough to hold the cups in a water bath.
- To make the caramel, mix the sugar and water in a small saucepan, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Continue to cook, without stirring, until the syrup turns a deep amber color, about 8 minutes.
- Divide the caramel among the custard cups, and tilt the cups to coat the bottom and sides.
- Set the custard cups in the roasting pan.
- To make the custard, pour the half-and-half (or milk and cream mixture) and the milk into a large saucepan.
- Add the chocolate, cinnamon stick and sugar.
- Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, cover and set aside to steep for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, Kahlúa, vanilla and almond extracts.
- Slowly beat the hot milk mixture into this.
- Strain all the custard through a fine-mesh sieve and throw out the cinnamon stick.
- Pour the mixture into the caramelized custard cups.
- Place the roasting pan with the custard cups onto the center rack of the oven.
- Pour in enough hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the cups, and loosely cover the pan with foil.
- Bake just until the custards are set but still slightly wobbly in the center, usually 20 to 25 minutes.
- They will firm more when chilled, so do not overbake.
- Take the custards out of the water bath, cover them with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- To unmold the flans, run the tip of a knife gently around the edge of each custard cup, then put a plate over the mold and flip over.
- Serve immediately.
- Note: If you can get it, Bayless recommends Mexican Ibarra chocolate.