Flan

@jenlex79 (257)
United States
September 14, 2009 1:16pm CST
I love flan. I love to cook it and I love to eat it. Its one of my favorite deserts. I was just wondering if anyone knows if it is better to carmelize the sugar by itself or with water added to it? I usually carmelize the sugar by itself but someone told me that you have to carmelize sugar with water in it. If anyone could share their thoughts I would really apriciate it. Also, if anyone has a really good flan recipe they would like to share, that would be nice too!
3 responses
@marguicha (103884)
• Chile
14 Sep 09
As I always say when I aswer cooking posts. I love to cook but I don´t like to be in the kitchen for too long. My back hurts and I want to go back to my computer. I love flan too and the only thing I take my time is in the caramel. I use water, but a small quantity. I keep near the kettle nearby just in case I need a bit more of water. As for the rest, I throw in the blender half a can of sweet condensed milk, 4 whole eggs, milk and either some vanilla extract or grated orange peel (I like the orange best). I pour the blended mixture in the caramelized pan and bake it in medium low. I don´t put it over water as I was taught.I don´t like to take out the water marks from the other pan. That´s all. Happy posting!
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
14 Sep 09
That sounds like a good recipe, I always use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk though, and I add a package of cream cheese. So, unfortunetly my flan is very full of fat, but it tastes so good. lol. I didn't know you could cook it without the water bath, that one is new to me. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I might have to try it with the orange peel sometime.
@marguicha (103884)
• Chile
14 Sep 09
My family´s recipe never had cream cheese. It´s a recipe handed over for generations and I think cream cheese is in my country a new thing whose idea is imported from the US. We used to do it with the whole can of milk but we have changed it for diet reasons. Less sugar and not whole milk.
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I will definitely try your recipe, it sounds good. I only add the cream cheese to my recipe to make the flan more creamy. Its good, but high in fat.
• Dominican Republic
14 Sep 09
Ohh... I'm already droolin'! I love to cook flan too, and it's a great thing to share with friends and family. Well, responding to your question about the sugar, I use water to carmelize it, but that's just me!! Happy MyLotting and have a nice day! Xp
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Thank you. I'm about to make one now, I might try it using water to carmelize the sugar. I did it that way a long time ago, but I don't remember how it turned out. lol.
• Dominican Republic
14 Sep 09
lOl... Good luck with that!
@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Hello Jenlex Sorry would like to help you but unfortunatley I have no idea what Flan is so maybe you can help me........by telling me what it is I know the recipe involves sugar from reading your discussion topic what else is in it?
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Flan is a spanish custard type of desert. So, its made with a lot of eggs. If your interested in trying it, I could give you my recipe. I love it.