Friday, March 14, 2008

Flans with raw sugar sauce

It takes me a lot of time to take this picture of this flan, because it’s quite soft but anyway this is the best picture that I got. The recipe came from ...................... I just got this book a week ago, and I like her idea of sweet, that sweet don’t have to be overly sweet (but I still reduce the sugar amount). My brother said that this is the best flan that I made, rich and smooth but I think the brown sugar sauce is a bonus as sugar dissolves into a sauce when the flans are chilled. It’s so easy to put the brown sugar in the cup without having to make a caramel and the salt in the sugar make the sauce taste very good.
I can’t say that this is the best flan but I can say that this is the easiest and very good texture one.
Flans with raw sugar sauce
Serves 8

130 g
light or dark muscovado sugar
⅜ teaspoon
large eggs
120 g
⅛ teaspoon
3 cups

EQUIPMENT: Eight 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put a kettle of water on to boil.
Combine the muscovado sugar thoroughly with ⅜ teaspoon of the salt, pinching or mashing the sugar to eliminate lumps. Divide the mixture among the custard cups or ramekins and press the sugar lightly with another small cup to even it out and compact it. Set the cups in a baking pan large enough to hold them with space between them.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of salt until well combined. Heat the half-and-half in a saucepan over medium heat until steaming (140° to 145°F); it will be just too hot for you to insert a finger for more than a moment at this temperature. Gradually whisk the half-and-half into the eggs. Strain the mixture into another bowl to eliminate any hits of egg.
Ladle the flan mixture very gently onto the sugar in the custard cups or ramekins, disturbing the sugar as little as possible. Some of the sugar may float up, but it will eventually settle back down in the bottom. Place the baking pan in the oven, pull out the rack, and carefully pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups or ramekins. Slide the rack back into the oven and bake until the custard is just a little wobbly in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the cups with tongs. Let cool for 15 minutes, then refrigerate at least 4 hours, but preferably 12 for maximum sauce.
To serve, run a thin knife around the edge of each cup and invert onto a rimmed plate.
Adaptation from : Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich

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