Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sweet Potato Flan with Candied Pecans

My hubby made this for me a couple of weeks ago as a surprise at the end of a very busy week for me. It was so delicious.
Look who has the time to experiment with recipes now. Unfortunately, for the same reason I started this blog......... he's unemployed.
recipe from Publix Family Style magazine
2 medium sweet potatoes
4 large eggs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely shredded tangerine peel
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
Rinse and pierce the  sweet potatoes with a fork. Microwave, covered for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp. Mash pulp (you should have 1 cup); set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla and tangerine peel. Set aside.
To caramalize sugar, in a small nonstick skillet, heat the 1/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until it begins to melt, shaking the skillet occasionally; do not stir. When the sugar starts to melt , reduce heat to low and cook about 5 minutes or until all of the sugar melts and is golden, stirring as needed with a wooden spoon. Immediately divide caramelized sugar into five 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups. Swirl to cover the bottom. Add 3/4 cup custard mixture to each ramekin and cover each with aluminum foil.
Add 3 cups of water to a large pot. Gently palce ramekins in pot and place on burner. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove and cool on wire rack.
Refrigerate the flans for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving to loosen. To serve, use a butter knife to release the sides of each flan. Place on a dessert plate upside down to unmold. Top with candied pecans (instructions below) and serve.
Candied Pecans
(can be made anytime ahead of serving)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake pecans for 8 minutes in a shallow baking pan. While the pecans are toasting, heat 2 tablespoons sugar in a small skillet. Shake occasionally to heat sugar evenly; do not stir. Heat until the sugar starts to melt and then stir just the melted portions, until it is all melted and golden. Add butter and stir until combined. Remove from heat. Add pecans to skillet, stirring to coat. Pour the nut mixture onto a baking sheet and cool completely. Break up into pieces.

No comments: