- 1 cup and 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 large eggs, (room temperature)
- 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 13 oz cans evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
Caramel Sauce Start by pouring one cup of sugar into a warm pan over medium heat. Constantly stir the sugar. After a few minutes it will begin to melt and brown. When it is fully melted and sufficiently browned and gooey it becomes caramel. If you have a candy thermometer, this will be about 320-350 degrees. Once the caramel has reached it's golden brown color, quickly pour it into the pie plate, tilting it to swirl the caramel around the sides.
Preparing the Custard In a mixer or with a whisk, blend the eggs together for about a minute or until they are thoroughly combined and beginning to become frothy. While mixing the eggs, slowly pour in the condensed milk, followed by the evaporated milk then slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of sugar and the vanilla. Blend smooth after each ingredient is added.
Baking the Flan Pour the custard mixture into the caramel-lined pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large glass or ceramic baking dish and fill the baking dish (not inside the flan) with about one inch of hot water so that the pie plate is surrounded with water, but not floating. If you can work quickly, it is easiest to pull out an oven rack just far enough so you can put the baking dish in, add the pie plate and add the water, while it is already on the rack. Then you just need to push the rack in. If you have steady hands, you can assemble the water bath on the table or counter and carry it to the oven. Bake the flan for 45 minutes in the water bath and check with a knife just to the side of the center. If knife comes out clean, it's ready.
Serving the Flan Remove and let cool. Let the flan cool in refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight. When you are ready to serve it, place a serving dish over the flan and turn the whole thing over so that the Flan comes onto the serving dish. The caramel sauce will flow over the top of the custard, and you can scrape out more caramel if it sticks to the sides. Enjoy immediately. You can refrigerate the leftovers for up to 48 hours.
Here is the recipe to make 6 individual flans.
Here you can watch a video on how to make flan.
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Another popular Mexican dessert is Tres Leches Cake