Sunday, June 6, 2010

Milk Flan

(about 6 servings)

This flan isn't as sweet or rich as some of the flans I've had at Mexican restaurants. I usually make this dessert with 1% milk and it seems just right to me, however if you prefer something richer then just swap out part of the milk for cream, or use whole milk instead. I also add a bit of cornstarch because I use less eggs than the traditional recipes call for.

1/2 cup sugar
3-4 tbsp water

3 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp cornstarch
1-2 tbsp sugar, to taste
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups milk, heated

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the bottom of a small (1 qt.) souffle dish. Sprinkle the water over the sugar until the sugar is soaked evenly. Place the dish into a microwave and microwave about 2 minutes to start and then about 40 sec. at a time on high until the sugar becomes a nice medium brown colour. Remove and swirl the sugar mixture in the dish so it coats the entire bottom and  sides as well. Set aside.

Beat the eggs and egg yolks together in a bowl until they become creamy. Continue beating and add the cornstarch, sugar and vanilla. Slowly beat in the heated milk.

Pour the mixture carefully into the souffle dish. Cover the top with a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper cut to fit.

Place the souffle dish into a larger pot or baking dish and fill with hot water about 1/2 way up the side of the souffle dish. Place into oven and bake/steam for about 60-75 minutes or until the flan has set.

Allow to cool. Loosen the edges with a sharp knife, then carefully invert the flan onto a serving platter.


Sophia said...

I have been searching for the perfect flan recipe, and I think this might be it!! The other really good one that I like is
Flan With Almonds
. I'm going to have to try both of them as soon as possible. Honestly, thanks so much for sharing this!


Theresa said...

Wow---this looks so amazing! Did you ever try it with non-fat milk?

Gerlinde Scharinger, Dallas, TX said...

I haven't tried it with non-fat milk, but if that's what you are used to, then I imagine it would be just as good.

Catherine said...

This looks delicious. Very creamy and tasty! I'm definitely going to try it! I'm a long time reader of your fabulous blog, but first time follower as I've only just opened a blogger account and set up a blog ( I just hope mine is as great as yours! :)

Gerlinde Scharinger, Dallas, TX said...

Catherine, thanks very much!

Julietta said...

What if the cornstarch is left out?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

If you leave out the cornstarch, then add the third egg yolk or replace the cornstarch with unbleached flour.

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