Friday, April 30, 2010

Orange Flavoured Flan

Posted by -Shri

Thank you for the challenge this month Flan II recipe [taken from All Recipes] given by Jen at Have the Cake ; a good post with excellent options. After having missed the tiramisu challenge that I really wanted to do, was looking forward to this one!

The original had several critical reviews and suggestions that pertained to the flavour and the sugar caramel. The tweaked recipe from the original uses the following:
1/2 Cup of white granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of Milk
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
4 whole eggs [organic brown eggs used here]
3/8th Cup of Sugar
1tsp of Vanilla extract
3/4 tsp grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 375 F
In a heavy-bottomed pan heat the sugar with a couple of tbsps of water until golden.
Coat the bottom of 6 ramekins [used my Corningware bowls]
Keep aside.
In a saucepan bring the milk and cream mix to a gentle simmer.
Turn the heat off.Beat the eggs to a ribbon-like consistency.
Add the warm milk in tbsps, stirring well after each addition.
Gently pour the egg-milk mixture into the milk,
Add sugar and mix well.
Put the pan on medium low heat and cook, stirring well for 5 minutes.
Add the vanilla extract and the orange zest, mix well.
Take off the heat,
Strain the mix if needed.
Pour carefully into the 6 ramekins.
Line a roasting pan with a kitchen towel,
Position the ramekins in the pan,
Pour hot tap water or boiling water into the pan, halfway up to the sides of the ramekins.
Bake for 40 minutes, until set.
Let cool, invert and serve.

Notes: The addition of orange zest and vanilla helped cut the 'eggy' flavour of usual flan's. Several reviewers had issues with the sugar caramel coating and mine was not an exception. Adding water and butter helped; perhaps better control over the amount would have helped. Did not note down how much water and butter was used, so the caramel part here would not be helpful!


rena said...

It looks lovely! I like that it is an individual portion. Yum.

Jessica said...

Oh yummy! I love that people have been making different flavors!

Joanne said...

I love that this orange-flavored! I don't usually adore the eggy flan flavor, but this sounds fantastic!

Jen said...

yum, orange!