Old-Fashioned Mexican Flan

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  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
Custard:
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime rind

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In deep heavy saucepan, stir sugar with 2 tablespoons (25 mL) water over medium heat until dissolved, brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; boil vigorously for about 8 minutes or until dark amber. Immediately pour into flan mould or 4 cup (1 L) oval baking dish.

Custard:
In separate heavy saucepan, heat milk until tiny bubbles form around edge.

Meanwhile, using small knife, split vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds. Add seeds and pod to milk along with sugar, and salt; simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced to 3-1/2 cups (875 mL).

Combine eggs, egg yolks and orange and lime rinds. Pour milk mixture through cheesecloth-lined sieve into egg mixture; whisk to combine. Pour into the caramel-coated mould.

Place mould in larger roasting pan; pour in enough hot water to come halfway up side. Bake in centre of oven for about 1 hour or until firm and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Transfer roasting pan to rack; let cool on rack until at room temperature. Remove from water to let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Place mould in warm water for 5 minutes before turning out.)

Run knife around edge of mould; invert onto serving platter.

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Old-Fashioned Mexican Flan

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