Friday, May 31, 2013

Leche Asada ~ Flan

Soon after we started sponsoring a child through Compassion International, we had a potluck at our church where the meal consisted of dishes representing our children's countries.  Variations of flan can be found all over Latin American, and it turns out the recipe we chose ended up tasting very much like Greg remembered from his childhood in Romania.  He's been pestering me to make it for weeks, and his birthday was the perfect opportunity to indulge him.

1 (14 oz) can of sweetened, condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can of evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 eggs, beaten 
Mix the condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

In a saucepan heat 1/2 cup sugar over med-high, stirring constantly until it becomes syrupy and slightly tan.

Pour the caramel in a glass baking dish (8x8x2 or similar) and pour the milk mixture on top.  (We used an 8 x 3 round white casserole inside a larger square casserole and cooked it 20 minutes longer.)

Place the dish with the milk mixture inside a larger glass dish.  Fill the larger pan with hot water to come halfway up the sides of the inner baking dish. Cover everything with aluminum foil. Cook in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes or until the custard is completely cooked.

Cool a short time, run a knife around the edge, place serving dish on top, and flipping the entire deal so flan falls into serving dish.  Serve slightly chilled. 

(I was just looking back at recipes I've posted in the past and found out I already did this one before!  Oh, well.  That one didn't have pictures!)


Greg said...

Some of you may know a similar dish called Creme Brûlée (French for "burnt cream"), which is served in many upper-tier restaurants. That one, though, has a creamier consistency, similar to pudding, while flan is more firm, no doubt due to having way more eggs. My Colombian roommate used to make a similar flan in the microwave! This one's tastier.

katrina said...

WOW!!! That looks SO DELICIOUS!!!! I have to try that. Great picture of Greg.