Peruvian Flan

"Revised this after reading the Guppy Gourmet's review and made it twice myself and like it now with the caramel revision. A Peruvian dessert adapted from Flan should be made a few days ahead to set up properly and any fruit you like will work for the garnish. The directions do not include the last chilling time. I am not a Kahlua person, but wonder if two tablespoons or more of Kahlau and 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract would be an option that other people would like. Frangelico might be good, too. Or cinnamon-although that might turn it a strange color?"
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • To prepare sauce, put medium size heavy skillet (empty) over medium heat (large burner) for 40 seconds. (I have an electric stove so would be less for gas.).
  • Keep burner at medium, add sugar to the pan and stir with the back of a wooden spoon, keep sugar moving constantly until sugar is completely melted and a rich medium brown color (caramelized)--between 9 and 10 minutes. NOTE: I also use a FORK to squish out any lumps at the end of this process.
  • Immediately - and carefully - pour hot sauce into ovenproof pie plate or 9 inch round baking pan, gently moving dish so sauce covers bottom and sides. It is unnecessary to grease the pie dish.
  • Let cool completely-about 40 minutes.
  • To prepare the custard for the flan; preheat oven to 350 degrees and notice that for step 11 you will need to have boiling water.
  • Stir eggs in a medium sized bowl.
  • Slowly add condensed milk, then evaporated milk.
  • Add vanilla, blending well.
  • Pour flan mixture into ovenproof dish that you have already coated with caramel.
  • Carefully place filled dish into a larger baking pan.
  • Pour in enough hot water to reach about halfway up dish. (This water bath process is called bano mar(acu)a in Spanish and bain-marie in French.).
  • Bake about 40 minutes.
  • Flan is cooked when a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let cool in water bath, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly.
  • Carefully separate flan from dish with a thin knife.
  • Invert on a flat dish and garnish with sliced strawberries, maraschino cherries or other fruit.
  • Notes: Flan should be refrigerated for a few days because it tastes best served very cold. Use boiling water to clean up the hardened caramel on your utensils and pan.:).

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  1. This is a three because the caramel has too much water. Use 2 cups sugar and about 6 Tbsp water to get the right results. That is way too much water. Custard is amazing and worked well. I served it with a strawberry sauce with fresh lemon. Very popular. Not too sweet which is important to us.



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