I don’t know why I haven’t posted this recipe to my blog yet? A traditional Latin favorite, it’s definitely become one of my favorites for years! I love eating it when it’s cold, drizzled with it’s simple caramel syrup but I know there are several that will eat it while it’s still warm. Any which way you serve this, it’s deeelish! Simple ingredients processed in a blender, makes for an easy but elegant dessert. Give this one a try, you’ll be happy you did 😉 !
CARAMEL SUGAR GLAZE:
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. Cream cheese, completely softened
1 (12 oz.) can Evaporated Milk
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 tsp. PURE Vanilla paste or Extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, boil enough water to be used as a “Bain Marie“. We’ll begin by making the caramel sugar syrup. In a small saucepan, add all the sugar, cooking it on medium high heat. Stir the sugar often until you start to see large pieces forming. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until ALL of the sugar has melted.
Using an 8- or 9-inch baking pan, pour the melted caramel onto the bottom. Swirl the baking pan around to try and coat up the sides. BE CAREFUL, the hot caramel can add heat to the pan and burn your fingers. Set this aside.
Now to prepare the flan mixture, using a blender, add ALL of the flan ingredients and process in the blender until smooth and no chunks are present. This is how you will get that smooth consistency.
Take the prepared baking dish and place it inside of a larger baking pan, preferably one with sides that come up to about 2 or 3-inches. The flan will be cooked in a “Bain Marie bath“. Carefully pour the flan mixture into the prepared baking dish.
CAREFULLY pour the prepared hot boiling water into the larger area of the baking pan about 2-inches up the sides of the flan pan, as pictured.
Carefully place this into the preheated oven and allow to bake for about 1 hour and 10 – 15 minutes. Mine took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. So this all depends on your oven.
NOTE: When the flan is done, do not remove it from the oven immediately; just turn the oven off and open the door. Allow the flan to sit in the oven this way for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove it from the water bath and place on counter. Allow the flan to cool completely before removing it onto a serving platter with a lip. Use a butter knife to loosen flan from the side of pan, with a side to side motion; shake the pan so that the flan loosens from the sides and moves freely in the pan. Place your serving platter over the top of the flan and carefully FLIP it over so that the flan lands on the platter. Allow the pan to sit on top of the flan just so that the glaze can drip over. Make sure collect all that yummy sugar glaze over the top of your dessert. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.