Tuesday, March 31, 2015





This is wonderful dessert which has different names all over the world. But the great bard has said - what's in name, right?

It's called Flan in Mexico, Pudim Flan in Brazil and Portugal and we call it "Caramel Custard" in India. My aunt's recipe was pressure cooker based and I will share it some other time. But today's recipe is from my co-worker, Maria. According to her, this is the most common recipe for making Flan in her part of the world.


For Caramel Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water

14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
Whole milk, use the same can to measure
4 eggs, whisked

1. Let's make the caramel sauce first. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil on medium flame. Simmer on low flame for about 15-20 minutes. It should have that caramel color.
2. Pour into the bottom of the mold. If serving in individual containers, take about 8 ramekins. Divide the caramel sauce among them. Swirl so it coats the bottom and sides evenly.
3. Preheat oven 350F
4. Use an electric beater and whisk eggs, condensed milk. After pouring the condensed milk, use the same can to measure the whole milk. Mix all three ingredients.
5. Sieve through a strainer.
6. Pour into the cold mold/ramekins.
7. Take a large pan in which the mold or ramekins will fit. Pour water in the pan. Place the molds/ramekins. Cover with an aluminum foil.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
9. Take out carefully.
10. Chill in the fridge.
11. Before serving, take off. Loosen the edge with a knife.
12. Invert onto a serving plate.
13. Enjoy!

Note -
1. If you don't want to use the oven, you can make this in a pressure cooker as well. Add water to the pressure cooker as usual. Place your mould covering with aluminum foil. Bring to full pressure. Reduce the flame to medium low and steam for 15-20 minutes.

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