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Flan recipe (Dessert)

4 cups milk
cups sugar
4   eggs
3   egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cold water
½ teaspoons corn starch
1 pinch salt

Posted by RiVD on Mar 10, 2011


Preheat the oven to 350F. Place ¾ cups of sugar in a heavy duty pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar melts and becomes caramelized. The sugar will become golden brown and thick.

I suggest you wear oven mitts for the next step. Immediately pour it into a 9 inch baking dish. Tilt the dish from side to side so that the sugar coats the sides as well as the bottom of the dish. The sugar will harden very quickly once removed from fire so try to work quickly. Don't worry if most of the sugar pools in the bottom of the dish instead of coating the sides. Set it aside.

Now go wash the pot in which you melted the sugar. If you don't do it now, the stuff will harden and become difficult to clean. Or you can soak it overnight in water like I do, and the hardened sugar will dissolve. Combine the milk, the rest of the sugar, the vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil uncovered.. Lower heat and continue cooking until the milk mixture has been reduced by half. Turn off the heat and cover the mixture so it remains warm.

Vigorously beat the eggs and the egg yolks. Mix the corn starch with the water. Add to the egg mixture. Slowly add this mixture to the milk mixture stirring constantly. Slowly pour the combined mixture into the baking dish that has the caramelized sugar. Cover it lightly with aluminum foil. Bake in a water bath for 40 min. When done, refrigerate until serving time.

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