Easy Flan

When it comes to deserts, I think one of the very best is flan.  It looks impressive and with that smooth, velvety, creamy texture it doesn’t get much better.    The wonderful thing about flan is that it looks a lot harder than it really is.  So I got a little adventurous and put one in a Dutch oven.  I was super happy with the results, it turned out fantastic!

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Easy Flan

¾ cup sugar

4 eggs

1 ¾ cups water

1 can sweetened condensed milk

½ tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. Salt

In a small cast iron skillet melt sugar on low heat in heavy skillet.  The sugar will start to clump, but don’t worry and just keep stirring.  It goes from clumpy to done in just a few minutes.

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Finished

Pour into 9 inch round cake pan and tilt the pan to coat bottom.  It will harden but don’t worry about that.  Pre-heat a 12″ or 14″ oven with 1″ or so of water in the bottom and a round cooling rack that fits inside.  Mix eggs, water, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt and pour over the hardened syrup.  Carefully set your cake pan in the water bath and on the cooling rack.  The water should come half-way up the side of the pan.  Bake 55 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees which is 16 coals on top and 8 on the bottom.  Watch your temperature and add additional coals as needed.  Your flan in done when an inserted knife comes out clean.

Carefully remove the flan from the water bath and allow it to cool.  You can refrigerate it until you are ready to serve.  When ready to serve, run a knife around the edge and invert it onto a plate.  Garnish it with fresh fruit and whipped cream if desired.

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