Tony’s Flan


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Anyone who knows my friend Tony, knows she makes the BEST flan! It’s incredibly smooth, creamy and not overly sweet. Whenever she brings it to any event, you have to be one of the first in line or you won’t get a piece.  It’s that good.  I knew I just had to have her recipe.  Here’s the problem…she doesn’t have a recipe.  She is one of those cooks that doesn’t measure or use a recipe and somehow gets it perfect every time. I am not one of those cooks.  Any recipe I create, I have to write down or I will completely forget how to do it.  I begged Tony to show me how to make this amazing flan, and she agreed.  I watched her carefully and was able to figure out her recipe. Now, you can also make Tony’s delicious flan and I’ll also show you how to make an elegant caramel garnish to really impress!

STEP ONE: MAKE THE CARAMEL

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Many recipes will call for store bought caramel sauce, but I find that the caramel sauce found in stores is too sweet for this dish. Making your own caramel will only take about 10 minutes.

The most important thing to remember is DO NOT STIR THIS MIXTURE.  Don’t even pull out a spoon just in case…leave it in the drawer.  The caramel will just stick to the spoon  and create a mess.  Just swirl the pan to evenly cook, but again, DO NOT STIR.

Add sugar and water to a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat, just until the sugar has dissolved (about five minutes).  Then, turn heat up to high and cook until mixture reaches an amber/caramel color (about five minutes).  The mixture should be the same color as the picture above.

Immediately pour into a bread pan.

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STEP TWO: BLEND

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Pour the condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla into blender and blend until mixed well (about 30 seconds). Pour over caramel mixture in your bread pan.

STEP THREE: BAKE

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Place bread pan into a larger baking pan, and fill larger baking pan half way with water.  Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and twenty to an hour and thirty minutes or until the flan is the consistency of well set jello. Carefully take bread pan out of larger pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover bread pan with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours.

Invert onto a serving plate.

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 STEP FOUR: OPTIONAL CARAMEL GARNISH

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This garnish looks impressive, but isn’t too difficult to make and will make quite a visual impact. Start by adding the sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Swirl pan occasionally but DO NOT STIR.  Cook over medium high heat until golden in color. Like this:

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Take off heat and allow to cool about 1 minute or until the mixture is the consistency of pancake syrup.

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Spoon mixture into random swirls and designs onto parchment paper and allow to set until hardened (about 30 minutes to an hour)

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STEP FIVE: ENJOY!

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Tony’s Flan

Tony’s Flan

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1 can evaporated milk
  4. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  5. 3 ounces cream cheese
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 3 eggs
  8. Optional Caramel Garnish
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1/2 cup water
  11. Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • STEP ONE
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Add water and sugar to small sauce pan; cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Swirl pan occasionally, but DO NOT STIR. Increase heat to high and cook until deep caramel color (about 5 more minutes). Pour into bread pan.
  • STEP TWO
  • Add evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and eggs to blender; blend on medium speed until smooth (about 30 seconds). Pour mixture over caramel mixture in bread pan.
  • STEP THREE
  • Place bread pan in a larger baking pan, and fill larger baking pan 1/2 full of water. Carefully place in the oven and bake one hour and twenty to one hour and thirty minutes or until the consistency of well set jello. Let cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  • STEP FOUR
  • To make the garnish, heat sugar and water over medium heat, until golden in color. DO NOT STIR. Swirl pan occasionally to cook evenly. Let mixture cool one minute or until it is the consistency of pancake syrup. Drizzle caramel into random swirls and shapes onto parchment paper and allow to set at least 30 minutes.
  • STEP FIVE
  • To serve, invert flan onto serving plate and top with caramel garnish.
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