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Baked Flan

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Calories: 554.8kcal
Author: Adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup white sugar*
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Toppings

  • Fresh berries or chocolate sauce for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Set a pot of water to heat on the stove. Heat to a low boil, and then set aside for later.
  • In a small heavy-duty stainless steel or copper saucepan, heat the sugar over medium heat. Shake and swirl occasionally to distribute sugar until it is dissolved and begins to brown. Lift the pan over the heat source (4 to 6 inches) and continue to brown the sugar until it becomes amber to light brown. You may slightly stir while cooking in the later stages, but continually stirring causes the sugar to crystallize. When stirring, use a wooden spoon. Immediately after your caramelized sugar is fluid and lightly colored, pour it into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, six 1-cup ramekins, or a large loaf pan. Swirl the sugar to coat the bottom of each pan evenly.**
  • Take care when working with the hot caramel, as it can be VERY hot.
  • In a blender, combine sweetened condensed milk, cream, milk, eggs and vanilla.
  • For Vitamix: Start on Variable Speed 1, turn the machine on and increase to Speed 10/High and blend until well incorporated, between 20 and 30 seconds.
  • For Blendtec: Use SPEED 8 for 20 seconds.
  • Pour this mixture over the caramelized sugar in the pan(s).
  • Place the filled casserole dish/pan/ramekins into a larger roasting pan. Add the hot water to the roasting pan until it reaches 1 inch in depth. Carefully place the roasting pan in the oven.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 60 minutes, or until set. Flan will jiggle slightly in the center when done. You can test for this by inserting a sharp knife at the center of the custard. If it comes out wet, it needs a little more time in the oven.
  • Be very careful when removing the roasting pan from the oven, so you don't slosh water onto the custard. Let the flan cool in the hot water bath until you can remove the pan(s) without danger of burning yourself.
  • To serve, run a sharp knife along the outside edge of the flan. Place a plate upside down onto the pan. Holding both together, quickly invert. The flan should release from the pan to rest onto the now right-side-up plate.
  • Add a special touch by garnishing with fresh berries or a drizzle of chocolate prior to serving.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

Notes

* We DID test this with raw Turbinado sugar for a (slightly) healthier version - it tasted great however the flan was a darker color.
** If you have difficulty preparing caramel in this fashion, you can either a) mix 1/2 Tablespoon of lemon juice into the sugar prior to heating to help cut back on the crystallization, or b) prepare a "wet" caramel by mixing 1/4 cup water with the sugar prior to heating. The water will burn off and allow you to control the color easier.

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 554.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 32.3g | Saturated Fat: 18.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.2g | Cholesterol: 274.6mg | Sodium: 186.3mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 55.2g