Carmen's Famous Caramel Flan

Carmen's Famous Caramel Flan
Carmen's Famous Caramel Flan

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    can evaporated milk

  • 13

    ounces whole milk

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 4

    eggs

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3

    tablespoons sugar plus

  • 1

    tablespoon water for caramel

Directions

Place the sugar and water in a round aluminum mold and melt over low-medium heat until mixture is melted and light golden brown. Quickly remove the mold -- using pot holders -- and swirl it in a circular motion until the sides are covered with a thin layer of caramel. This will take time to master. Experiment with your preference for thickness and for the darkness of the caramel. The darker it is, the stronger the hint of bitterness or 'burnt' flavor you will create -- which might just be your preference due to its contrast with the very sweet custard of the flan. In any case, let the caramel harden while you proceed to the next step. Blend the rest of the ingredients with a fork or hand-beater, not an electric mixer. Pour them into the mold using a strainer. Cover the mold with aluminum foil and secure the cover with a thick rubber band before placing it into a pressure cooker that has enough water in it to cover half of the mold's height. Place mold into the cooker, cover with and tighten the lid. Allow the flan to cook for fifteen minutes. Start counting the time after the cooker's pressure valve has started to whistle and dance. Once the valve begins to whistle, lower the heat to keep the valve moving at a moderate pace. Remove cooker from burner and allow it to cool until the pressure gauge is completely flush with the cover. A quicker method is to place the cooker under cold water until you see and hear the pressure valve is depressed and 100% flush with the cover. Allow Carmen's Famous Flan Recipe to cool at room temperature. Remove the aluminum foil, place a nice serving platter upside down, as a cover, and flip flan carefully onto it. Make this movement quick and firm to ensure that the flan does not break and the caramel does not spill. Chill and serve. This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

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