Mexican cuisine is one of the most diverse and famous cuisines in the world. Although there are not many Mexican desserts, flan is one of the Mexican desserts which have gained popularity in the entire world.
So, if you want to bring these soft and ooey-gooey treats to your kitchen then follow this simple recipe.
Difficulty level: Medium
Yields per recipe: 8
Preparation time: 2-3 hours
Baking time: 20-25 minutes
1 roasting tray
1 bowl Aluminum cups
1 stirring spoon
2 saucepans Paper towels
1 wire whisk
1 large sieve
1 cup + ½ cup of condensed milk
2 large pods of green cardamom
2 oz. of white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder
1 tablespoon of water
1 cup + 1/4th cup of milk 1/4th cup of water
1 cup of cream Hot water
6 large eggs
1-inch cinnamon stick
Method of Preparation
1. Preheat your oven to 315 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your roasting tray by placing paper towels on it. Next, place a saucepan on the stove and light up the flame. Set the flame on medium high and spread the sugar in the saucepan evenly. Pour 1/4th cup of water over the sugar and cook the mixture stirring occasionally until it starts to caramelize. As soon as the sugar starts to caramelize, stir it continuously to prevent it from burning and then remove the saucepan from the stove, once the sugar turns into a beautiful golden brown color.
2. Next, pour 1 tablespoon of caramelized sugar into each aluminum cup to coat the bottom of the cups with the sugary glaze. Now take another saucepan and place it on the stove. Turn the knob and set the flame on medium high. Let the saucepan warm up for a few minutes and then add the cream and milk to it.
Stir to combine the cream and the milk and then add the condensed milk, dissolved coffee and the vanilla extract. Stir the mixture once again to combine everything nicely and then finally add the cardamom pods and the cinnamon stick.
3. Stir the mixture frequently and wait for it to come to a boil. Once the mixture starts boiling, turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the stove. Let the milk mixture sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Now take a bowl and put the eggs in it. Whisk the eggs very nicely and then add the cooled milk mixture to the whisked eggs. Whisk the eggs immediately to prevent them from scrambling. Then add the remaining milk mixture and stir to combine.
4. Now strain the mixture through a sieve to separate out the cinnamon and the cardamom pods. Then pour the egg and milk mixture to a jug to ease the process of pouring the mixture into the aluminum cups. Transfer the aluminum cups to the prepared roasting tray. Pour the mixture slowly into the prepared aluminum cups, by leaving out a space of 1-inch at the top.
Then carefully pour the hot water into the roasting tray, so that the water reaches to about 1/3rd of the height of the pan.
5. Now carefully lift up the tray and place it on the middle rack of the preheated oven to bake the flans for 20-25 minutes or until they are set. Once done, take out the tray from the oven and let the flans sit at room temperature. Then take out the aluminum cups from the tray and discard the water and the paper towels.
Put back the aluminum cups in the tray and insert the tray into the refrigerator to chill the flans for 1-2 hours or until chilled and set. Once the flans are completely chilled, take them out of the refrigerator and run a knife through the walls of the aluminum cups to loosen the flans from the cups. Finally, invert the cups and push them slightly from back to take out the flans.