The recipe for flan is simple containing only five ingredients; the tricky part is making the caramel and the cooking method used. The best part is that you can be very creative with it; you can add ¾ bar of cream cheese for a cheese flan, and chocolate chips for a chocolate flan or both for this wonderful Chocolate Cheese Flan. You can add instead pumpkin, or pumpkin and cream cheese for a pumpkin cheese flan, you can add shredded coconut to the caramel for a coconut flan, or rum, sherry, kahlua or rompope for delicious liquor flans.
Blend first five ingredients:
1 can of evaporated milk
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
¾ bar of cream cheese
1/2 cup of regular milk for a creamier version
½ Cup Sugar – You can add more if you like a lot of carmel
Heat a pan on medium high and mix with wooden spoon until it reaches a pecan brown color. Do not burn as it will ruin the recipe!!! IF your sugar has not turned into caramel, you need to cook it more.
Pour caramel on the bottom of a cookie tin box (is what I use) or a container special for flans.
Pour egg mixture over caramel and add ¼ cup of chocolate morsels.
Cover flan so the water from the bain marie does not get inside the flan.
Cook on a stove top in bain-marie / double boiler with water in the bottom pan (not in the flan container) for une hour at low to medium heat. Make sure your bain-marie pan does not run out of water.
Flanera pan can be purchased at Amazon.
We trace the origins of flan dating back to ancient Rome. Romans made custard when they collected too many eggs from their chickens and mixed it with cream; their custard was savory, not sweet. The Flan recipe spread over Europe and Spain created a sweet version of this recipe covered with caramel sauce, so when the Spaniards came to Mexico they brought the recipe with them.
“In Mexico, the flan was elevated to a new level. Mexican flans may be made in a special pan called a bain marie. This is a pan that has a spot for the flan as well as an attached outer pan for water. Using this pan, you can cook a flan either on top of the stove or in the oven.
Eggs were considered to have healing benefits, so flan was served to aid the liver, kidneys, and chest as well as to increase fertility.” Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4046078