Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Caramel Flan

This is how I celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I love Flan. It's one of my favorite desserts of all time!


2/3 cup sugar
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 can (from the condensed milk) full of whole milk
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

To make caramel: Heat the sugar in a skillet over medium heat. When it begins to melt, reduce heat and continue until it has completely dissolved and browned. Stir constantly. As soon as the sugar has browned, pour it into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish or flan pan. Tilt the dish so that the caramel spreads evenly over the entire bottom of the dish.

Put remaining ingredients into a blender and mix well. Pour into the dish that you coated with the caramel. Cover the dish lightly with foil. Set the dish in a larger pan with water halfway up the sides of the flan dish. (Also known as a water bath.)

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Watch the water level of the pan and fill if necessary. Cool for two hours at room temperature and then refrigerate overnight.

To serve, run a knife along the outside edge and invert onto a serving plate. Let it sit a few minutes so the caramel can drip down, then remove the flan dish.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!

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