Sunday, May 8, 2011

Caramel -Topped Flan

I  made a heart shaped Caramel-Topped Flan to celebrate  Mother's Day :)   This caramel topped flan is from Dorie Greenspan's ' Baking From My Home To Yours " and it was the most lovely mouthwatering piece of dessert.  I would like to dedicate this delicious melts in the mouth caramel topped flan to all the wonderful mommies out there.  For the recipe please read on.........

Smooth and yummy...a keeper for sure. This heart shaped flan is specially for all Mommies out there...the sacrifices you made for your children...words cannot describe just four words..... God made you special !
Hope you will love this rich voluptuous vanilla custard ...crowned with a shiny burnt sugar top and surrounded by the smooth bittersweet caramel syrup . Truly a classic flan style , like what Dorie said..." You will be hard-pressed to find a dessert with a sexier, slinkier texture than this one . "  Love this dessert and love my Mother's day present from my two wonderful Piggies.  Thank You Piggies for the gift.  Will showcase them later :)  Meanwhile here is Momsie Elin wishing all mommies a Happy & fun filled day with your loved ones .

Of course, I made some for my dearest friend Claire for Mother's Day.....a wonderful mommy to her 3 children . She takes on the role of a dad and a mom . She brings up wonderful children . " Happy Mother's Day to you too Claire "  Hope she likes them as much as I do :)

these melts in the mouth custards are for Claire 
and her daugther who loves eating this :)

I have only one heart shaped mold so this is for the Piggies  :)

Caramel-Topped Flan - Dorie Greenspan " Baking From My Home To Yours " page 395

For the caramel:1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
squirt of fresh lemon juice

For the flan:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Getting ready:-Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a roasting pan or 9″x13″ baking pan with a double thickness of paper towels. Fill a teakettle with water and put it on to boil; when the water boils, turn off heat.

-Put a metal 8″x2″ round cake pan– not a nonstick one– in the oven to heat while you prepare the caramel. (If you are using individual molds or ramekins, then skip this step.)

To Make the Caramel:-Stir the sugar, water and lemon juice together in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Put the pan over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar becomes an amber-colored caramel, about 5 minutes-remove the pan from the heat at the first whiff of smoke.

-Remove the cake pan from the oven and, working with oven mitts, pour the caramel into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly over the bottom; set the pan aside.
To Make the Flan:- Bring the milk and heavy cream just to a boil.

-Meanwhile, in a 2-quart glass measuring cup or in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks and sugar. Whisk vigorously for a minute or two, and then stir in the vanilla. Still whisking, drizzle in about one quarter of the hot liquid-this will temper, or warm, the eggs so they won’t curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the remainder of the hot cream and milk. Using a large spoon, skim off the bubbles and foam that you worked up.

-Put the caramel-lined cake pan in the roasting pan. Pour the custard into the cake pan and slide the setup into the oven. Very carefully pour enough hot water from the kettle into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan. (Don’t worry if this sets the cake pan afloat.) Bake the flan for about 35 minutes, or until the top puffs a bit and is golden here and there. A knife inserted into the center of the flan should come out clean. (Small, individual molds will take less time– start checking for doneness around the 25-minute mark)

-Remove the roasting pan from the oven, transfer the cake pan to a cooking rack and run a knife between the flan and the sides of the pan to loosen it. Let the flan cool to room temperature on the rack, then loosely cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

-When ready to serve, once more, run a knife between the flan and the pan. Choose a rimmed serving platter, place the platter over the cake pan, quickly flip the platter and pan over and remove the cake pan–the flan will shimmy out and the caramel sauce will coat the custard.

Storing: Covered with plastic wrap in its baking pan, the flan will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, once unmolded, its best to enjoy it the same day.
Serving: Bring the flan to the table and cut into wedges. Spoon some of the syrup onto each plate.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there :)
Have a blessed and fun filled day with the family !

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  1. Thanks so much for the sweet delights, Elin! Today is a sweet day.. i saved some for our home dinner.. hehee...

  2. Such gorgeous flans, Elin! Anything topped with caramel wins my affection...yum.

  3. wow..sweet delight! Happy mum's day!

  4. oh elin, i havent made this type of custard before..i must learn it someday!

  5. Oh yum... that is gorgeous! Happy Mother's Day to you, too!!!

  6. I have a heart shaped flan dish toooooo! This looks great!

  7. Yummmmm!
    Just stopping by to give you the Versatile Blogger Award! Please stop by to collect it! Happy Sunday!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous flans, Elin! I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day. I really appreciate your sweet comment on my blog. I thank your for your kind words. Lora and I had the best Mother's Day...ever!

  9. My wife loves flan. I'll be sure and give her your recipe :-)

  10. Happy belated mother's day. Hope you have a blast. The heart shape flan is so appropriate for mother's day celebration.

  11. I love those heart shaped flan dishes. They are perfect for Mother's Day. I love the recipe and while reading this have suddenly developed a taste for ----flan :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. That looks wonderful. I love flan.

  13. Hi guys...thanks for the Mother's Day wishes and dropping me warm and kind comments :)

    This sweet dessert will warm will heart..that's for sure :)

    @ Claire..You are welcome :)

    @ Lizzy...:) mee too love anything with caramel topping!

    @ Wenn...same to you too :)

    @ Lena...yea your gals will love it..definitely !

    @ Kate...thanks and hope you like this too :)

    @ Tiffany...I Love anything heart shaped :)

    @ Kerberli...thanks for the award , I am honored :)

    @ Elisabeth...glad that you had a wonderful Mother's Day with Lora :)

    @ Ron...thanks for dropping me a line here. Hope Mrs.Geezer like the recipe :)

    @ Veronica...thanks, same to you too :) and I had a swell time with the Piggies when they came back last week. So we had a wonderful dinner at one of the chinese restaurant in town :) celebrated a week earlier :p

    @ Mary....I love anything hear shaped :) and this served well for the flan. So very appropriate for Mother's Day. Sweet and warm ! Hope you had a wonderful day too with your family :)

    Joy...hope you like this version of flan :)

  14. Hi Elin-Flan is one of my favorite desserts. Yours looks perfect and beautiful. Cute heart shaped dish:)Hope your Mother's Day was wonderful! (hugs)

  15. Elin, have yet tried making any flan. Must try it out one day.

  16. Lora....yea Elisabeth told me she had a wonderful time with you and family :) Mine was great too : Hugs and muax..great to know you are fine now :))) so happy !

    Kristy....oh you must try it...great dessert for the young and old :)

  17. Elin - you are amazing! Your last heart shaped flan is so pretty. I'm always so impressed with my fellow bloggers that make desserts. I just don't have a knack for dessert making.