This is a dessert BIG in our culture. Flan is a delicious custard covered in "caramelo" which means "caramel." It is super easy to make and it tastes DIVINE. I know there are a lot of people that dislike it. My kids actually are not that much into it, because they dislike the texture, not the flavor. Flan is a little more "set" than pudding, and it just melts in your mouth leaving behind that vanilla flavor. You can also make chocolate flan, dulce de leche flan, and the list goes on and on.
- 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (we used fat free, but the whole milk gives it a creamier texture)
- 1 cup of milk (2%)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 3 eggs (do not use substitute)
- 1 cup of sugar + 1/2 cup of water for the caramel
First, you need to make the caramel so you can put it on the bottom of you ramekins.
Put the sugar and the water all at once in a pan, an cook it at medium heat. Stir once but DO NOT KEEP STIRRING.
It will start to bubble.
Then it will start changing color.
When it gets to this color, turn the heat off.
This is the consistency:
You can now put them in the ramekins. I do not spray them, the flan and caramel just comes off. Put the ramekins in a 13x9 Pyrex and fill with warm water up to the middle. We call this "Bano Maria." It will steam up and cook the custard evenly.
Then you can start making the custard. You need to put the sweetened condensed milk, the milk, the vanilla and the eggs in the blender. How EASY is that!!!
Put mixture in ramekins. Cover with aluminum foil and bake @ 325 degrees for 55 minutes.
They are baked! Cool a little bit and then with a sharp knife go all around the custard to loosen it from the sides of the ramekin.
Cover with the serving plate and flip. It should come off and look beautiful.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.