Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday with Dorie: Caramel Topped Flan

This week on Tuesdays with Dorie A Whisk and a Spoon made a very cool choice of Caramel Topped Flan as the recipe. I always thought that flan was hard to made so I never tried. It is pretty easy to make and took less than on hour. When it is flipped over the effect is just so cool.

I used soy milk and soy cream for the recipe and it came out great. I am making it for knitting guild and there are some non-dairy people there and this worked out very well.

However I had some set backs and some set forwards.

Set forwards: I had some egg yolks, I needed some egg whites the night before and had some egg yolks left over.

I had a round cake pan. I was borrowing one for something else and it worked so well that I think that I might go out and buy some.

Set backs: I got paged into work 5 minutes before it should come out of the oven. I was able to wait and pull it out but is was close.

I was using soy milk products, this is always iffy they do not always work.

I used just a bit to much lemon juice in the caramel but that seems to have mellowed overnight.

For the Caramel

1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp water
squirt of fresh lemon juice

For the Flan

1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1-1/4 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a roasting pan or a 9-x-13-inch baking pan with a double thickness of paper towels. Fill a teakettle with water and put it on to boil; when the water boils, turn off the heat.Put a metal 8-x-2-inch round cake pan-not a nonstick one-in the oven to heat while you prepare the caramel.

To Make the Caramel: Stir the sugar, water and lemon juice together in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Put the pan over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar becomes an amber-colored caramel, about 5 minutes-remove the pan from the heat at the first whiff of smoke. Remove the cake pan from the oven and, working with oven mitts, pour the caramel into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly over the bottom; set the pan aside.
To Make the Flan: Bring the cream and milk just to a boil.Meanwhile, in a 2-quart glass measuring cup or in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks and sugar. Whisk vigorously for a minute or two, and then stir in the vanilla. Still whisking, drizzle in about one quarter of the hot liquid-this will temper, or warm, the eggs so they won't curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the remainder of the hot cream and milk. Using a large spoon, skim off the bubbles and foam that you worked up.Put the caramel-lined cake pan in the roasting pan. Pour the custard into the cake pan and slide the setup into the oven. Very carefully pour enough hot water from the kettle into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan. (Don't worry if this sets the cake pan afloat.) Bake the flan for about 35 minutes, or until the top puffs a bit and is golden here and there. A knife inserted into the center of the flan should come out clean.
Remove the roasting pan from the oven, transfer the cake pan to a cooking rack and run a knife between the flan and the sides of the pan to loosen it. Let the flan cool to room temperature on the rack, then loosely cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.When ready to serve, once more, run a knife between the flan and the pan. Choose a rimmed serving platter, place the platter over the cake pan, quickly flip the platter and pan over and remove the cake pan-the flan will shimmy out and the caramel sauce will coat the custard.

Yield: 6 to 8 Servings


Marie said...

I think it's very interesting that you were able to use soy products and the flan still turned out well! Excellent! Looks good too!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Looks great. Glad to know it works with soy products as well! Hope everyone enjoyed it!

Dianne's Dishes said...

Nice to know that it works with soy! It looks great!

Annemarie said...

Great suggestion to use soy. It looks wonderful!

CB said...

Thanks for letting me know about substituting with soy. Thats really good to know in case I make it again for non-dairy friends. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Rebecca said...

Soy milk works? Finally, something I can make for my nephew. Thanks!

Heather said...

That's great that it works with soy. Great job! Looks delicious!

Princess Frodo said...

Works with soy? Score! ^.^

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I would never think to substitute soy dairy in flan, but it's excellent that it worked out. It looks tasty!

The Frosted Bake Shop said...

great looking flan. glad to know you can substitute soy products instead.

Natalie said...

Interesting, soy... Looks lovely!

Jess P. said...

Wow, I never would have thought soy would work. Cool. Where did you find the soy cream? I've only ever seen Silk soy creamer.

Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

The silk soy creamer is what I used as cream. I have used it as cream in other recipes, for the most part it works, you just have to check what flavor you get.