The Family Flan Recipe


Life has slowly been moving in a forward direction here in sunny Florida. After weeks of being shut down with stay at home orders in effect we have very slowly started opening back up. For the foreseeable future things will be different. An increase in options to work from home calls for fewer people in the office and with that comes a bit of flexibility. The flexibility to wake up slowly and start work at home, maybe pop into the office for a few hours and then leave early to finish any work at home and get an early start on making dinner.

During this quarantine time we have loved having the extra hours to spend with each other. It has made way for a slower lifestyle than what we were used to but no one is complaining about that!

We are truly relishing in the art of slow living.

One of my personal favorite things this extra time has given us is the time to make meals and sit down to enjoy them with the whole family. This experience has given us the ability to revel in slow living at meal time. The usual dinner time picture of our lives can be painted with heating up whatever is left over in the fridge and each of us scarfing it down without hardly tasting the food! Some nights we may not even all sit together to eat because of conflicting schedules.

And now we are in the kitchen cooking, together. We’re trying new recipes and making old family favorites that haven’t graced our tables in quite some time. The love of food brings our family together as we all gather around the dining room table- the heart of our home.

One of our family’s favorite recipes is flan and we have been making it so much during this quarantine time that it has truly rekindled our love of this creamy, custard dessert. Today, I am sharing our family flan recipe with you all and I do hope that this will grace your table soon as well!

Of all the things this time has reminded us to do, we will always remember to take solace in sitting down over a home cooked meal with our family, actually and intentionally taste our food and…of course, make more flan!

Flan

Category: The Kitchen

Flan

Ingredients

  • 2 cans condensed milk
  • 3 cups of whole milk (use empty can of condensed milk as measurement tool and fill each with whole milk)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar and water in a medium size saucepan. Put it on high heat and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat and stir until sugar turns a caramel color, about 8 minutes. Pour the caramel in the oven pan mold and swirl the caramel around so it covers the bottom of the pan entirely. Set aside and let it cool.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender and mix until you have a smooth mixture. (I sometimes do it in two parts just in case the blender is not big enough to hold all of the ingredients at once so I do one can of condensed milk, 4 eggs and 1 ½ cups of milk as one part then I do the second.)
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. Set up a Bain Marie (place the baking pan/mold on a large baking pan. Add warm water to the pan until it reaches half way up the flan pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 320 degrees F for about one hour or until flan looks firm.
  6. Let it cool. Once it is at room temperature put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. Flan is served chilled.
  7. Before serving or un-molding. Run a knife between the flan and the baking pan. Place the large serving plate on top of the pan and invert. Do it quickly to avoid any liquid caramel to spill form the pan.
  8. Cut and serve!
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