'Flan' A.K.A 'Pudim De Leite'
This dessert is well known in the Hispanic and Portuguese culture and is extremely delicious. For you who don't know what this dessert is. The only way that I can explain it to you is like a firm, creamy, carmel custard and 'oh' so good : )
Many people have tried to make this and as simple as it is messed up and it ends up tasting too eggy. If you know what I mean.... The trick to have a great flan is in the number of eggs you use. You can make it in various flavors regular just as it is, coconut, parmesan cheese (sounds gross but is really good) orange etc. You just add a little of it to the mix.
This dessert is really cheap and easy to make as it does not require much ingredients but if you were to buy it at a restaurant. (especially here in the USA) you are going to pay an arm and leg for a slice.
I went to a restaurant about 2 months ago and was charged $9 for the tiniest, most microscopic piece of flan I have ever seen... Yes, I felt robbed!
Making this flan is very quick and easy. Follow the directions below.
All you need is:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can milk
Preheat your oven to 325F or 165C. Take your sugar, (I did not specify a certain amount because the more you use the more caramel you have the less you use the less caramel. It is up to you and how much you like.) put your sugar into a pot and cook it on low heat until it melts and becomes a very light brown. (Be extremely careful with this because caramel burns really easily and it is also easy to burn yourself so be very cautions when cooking and handling the caramel) Once this is done immediately pour your caramel into the bundt pan you are using to cook it in. slide the caramel around the tin to cover the tin. (The same way you would butter a pan for cakes is what you do with the caramel instead of butter) Set it aside.
Get a blender and mix all together everything (your 3 eggs, 1 can condensed milk and that same can of condensed milk fill it with regular milk and pour it in the blender) mix for about 1 minute until it is all mixed in very well. Note: If you do not have a blender you can use a hand mixer or worse case scenario your wooden spoon but make sure to mix very well. Once this is done pour the entire mixture over you caramel covered pan and cover it with aluminum foil.
Get a big pyrex and fill it half way with water, put your aluminum covered flan pan inside of this pyrex with water and place it in the oven. This will allow it not to burn. Bake in the oven for 1 hour then remove the aluminum foil and leave baking for another 15 minutes to allow the top to get golden. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Once completely cooled turn it over onto a serving dish; so that the part with the caramel will be on top. Put it in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours. The colder the more delicious.
There you go. Perfectly delicious Flan/ Pudim de Leite in a few simple steps.
Enjoy. (Have any questions or comments email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)