Foods from the Dominican Republic: Flan (Creme caramel)

Foods from the Dominican Republic: Flan (Creme caramel)

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the caramel

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

For the flan

4 egg yolks

1 1/3 cups evaporated milk

1 1/3 cups sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Method of Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. To prepare the caramel, add the sugar and water to a heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring until a thick, dark caramel syrup forms.

3. Pour caramel carefully into a 10-inch baking pan and spread evenly, allowing it to cool down until it hardens.

4. To prepare the flan, place the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk into a large bowl and stir. Add the vanilla and continue stirring. Strain the mixture to remove any undissolved egg parts. Pour slowly over the caramel.

5. Bake in a hot water bath for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

6. Cool down to room temperature. Loosen edges of flan and place a serving plate on top of the mold (one which will retain the syrup) and invert.

7. Chill before serving.

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