My inner Abuelita feels the need to go traditional Mex and my outer Experimental self feels the need to add a touch of Steph... with burned fingertips...
I was recently gifted a package of rapadura, unrefined sugar crystals from sugar cane, also known as panela. It is blondish brown (not cassonade) and has a deep lasting taste, similar to molasses. If using sugar at all, it makes sense to use the queen of it all, Rapadura, you will adorn my Flan.
Serves 8 (or fills a 24x10x6 cm mould)
1 cup rapadura (panela) sugar
3 eggs + 3 yolks
1 cup whole milk
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp orange flower water
1. Prepare the caramel. Pour the cup of rapadura sugar into a pan and heat on medium high, continuously stirring, until it melts into a liquid caramel mixture. The continuous stirring makes sure it doesn't burn, but do not overcook it or it will burn.
2. Pour the liquid caramel into the bottom of your mould. Do not wipe the remaining caramel off your utensils with your fingers. It burns. I learned that the hard way.
3. Prepare the flan mixture. Beat the eggs and yolks together. Stir the cornstarch into a bit of milk until it dissolves completely and leaves no chunks. Then add to the eggs and beat well. Add the rest of the ingredients an beat into a homogenous mixture.
4. Preheat the oven to 175°C 350°F.
5. Pour the flan mixture into the mould over the rapadura caramel.
6. Place the filled mould in a larger pan and fill the pan halfway up the mould with boiling water. This is called a Bain-Marie. Who is Marie?
7. Cover the entire contraption with foil and place this whole ordeal (carefully) in the oven and cook for 1h10 or until the middle is only slightly jiggly. I wonder if this would work in the crockpot...
8. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
To serve, slip a sharp knife on all sides of the mould to loosen up the flan from its sheath. Then, place a serving dish upside-down onto the mould and flip it all over. It should slide out of the mould onto the dish.. with that lovely rapadura caramel dripping down on the sides.
Serve in slices.. and be satisfied.