It’s hard to think of writing a blog when you have a “delicious” new grand baby on your mind. But…his mommy loves this dessert, so there was a special reason to make it yesterday.
Creme Caramel/Flan is a creamy baked custard that is accentuated by a caramel syrup. It is quick and easy to put together, bakes up perfectly every time, and is not a heavy dessert – perfect for Spring!
This recipe comes from the amazing folks at America’s Test Kitchen and makes enough for 8 ramekins.
Prepare 8 ramekins by placing them on a piece of paper towel inside a larger baking dish.TO MAKE CARAMEL: Combine in a small pot: 1 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Water
Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Remove the cover and continue to cook until a candy thermometer reaches 350 degrees – I found that there is NOT enough syrup (depth) to accurately monitor and reach the correct temperature, so I recommend keeping a close watch on the pan and look for golden brown color. BE VERY CAREFUL to not over-brown because hot sugar goes from light brown to burned very fast! (I did not let mine get brown enough out of fear it was burning – but it was delicious anyway!)
Pour the syrup into the ramekins. Allow the syrup to set for 15 minutes.TO MAKE THE CUSTARD: In a pan, heat to steaming: 3 cups Half and Half In a large bowl, whisk: 3 Eggs 2 Egg Yolks 2/3 cup Sugar dash Salt
When the half and half is steaming, slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.Stir in: 1-1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Strain the custard into a large measuring cup or pitcher. Pour into ramekins. Pour boiling water 1/2 way up the sides of the ramekin. Cover with foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a knife in the center. Knife should come out clean when removed. Remove the custards from the hot water bath (use tongs) and place on a rack. Allow the custards to cool for 1-1/2 hours.
To remove, run a knife around the sides of the ramekin. Place a plate on top and invert the plate. Lift the ramekin to remove the custard and caramel. Cover ramekins with plastic wrap to refrigerate.