Introducing the epitome of creamy delights – the Caramel Flan. A staple in many global cuisines, this dessert seamlessly combines the smoothness of custard with the richness of caramel. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, this recipe will guide you step by step to create a dessert that not only looks refined but also tastes heavenly. Dive into this culinary journey and give your taste buds a treat they won’t forget!
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 cups Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- A pinch of Salt (to balance the sweetness)
- 6 tbsp Sugar (for caramelizing)
- Setting the Stage: Begin by preheating your oven to 320°F. Arrange your ramekins or chosen moulds and set aside.
- Creating Golden Caramel: In a saucepan, dissolve 6 tbsp of sugar with enough water (approximately 1/3 cup). Allow it to caramelize over medium-low heat, swirling the pan occasionally. Aim for a golden hue, ensuring it doesn’t get too dark to avoid bitterness. Pour this liquid gold into your ramekins, swirling to coat the base evenly.
- Crafting the Custard: Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Blend briefly before adding the milk. Blend again until smooth, ensuring minimal froth. Strain this mixture for an ultra-smooth texture.
- Baking to Perfection: Pour the custard into the caramel-coated ramekins. Place these ramekins in a baking dish filled with hot water up to half the height of the ramekins. Bake for 45-55 minutes. After baking, cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
- Serving the Flan: Once chilled, run a knife gently around the edge of the ramekins. Invert onto a plate, allowing the caramel to flow over the flan. Serve chilled and relish every bite!
- The water bath during baking ensures even cooking, making your flan perfectly creamy.
- If you lack an oven, you can also steam this dessert in a pressure cooker or steamer. Just remember to cover the molds with aluminum foil. Steam for 30-35 minutes, then chill as usual.
- This flan is a perfect end to any meal or can be enjoyed as a standalone treat. Its universal appeal makes it a hit at any gathering!
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