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Video:How to Make an Easy Flan

with Linda Hermesman

Linda Hermesman demonstrates how to make an easy Mexican dessert called flan.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make an Easy Flan

Hi, my name is Linda Hermesman and I'm here for About.com. Today I will show you how to make an easy Mexican dessert called flan, using a recipe from About.com's Mexican Food site.

This recipe requires approximately 20 minutes of prep time, 1 hour of cook time, and 1 hour to let the desert cool in the refrigerator.

Ingredients for the Easy Flan

You will need the following ingredients to make the flan:
  • 1 cup of sugar and one 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 13 oz cans of evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

You will also need 6 large ramekins or other specialty flan cookware. We will be using only one small ramekin for this demonstration. You also need one large baking dish.

Make the Caramel for the Easy Flan

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Pour 1 cup of sugar in a warm pan over medium heat and constantly stir the sugar until it browns and becomes caramel. Next, quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of the caramel into a ramekin, and tilt it so the caramel swirls around the sides. You can reheat the caramel if it starts to harden.

Now, in a mixer or with a whisk, blend the eggs together. Mix in the condensed and evaporated milk. Slowly mix in the 1/2 cup of sugar, and then add the vanilla. Make sure to blend the mixture smooth after each ingredient is added.

Bake the Easy Flan

Next, pour the custard into the caramel lined ramekin. Place the ramekin in a large glass or ceramic baking dish and fill it with about one to two inches of hot water. Bake the ramekin in the oven for 45 minutes in the water bath. Now, insert a knife into the custard, just to the side of the center. If the knife comes out clean, the flan is ready. Remove the dish and let it cool.

Place the ramekin in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Next, take the flan out of the refrigerator and invert the ramekin onto a small plate. The caramel sauce will flow over the custard and the flan is now ready to be eaten.

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