Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I’m back! Did you miss me? Well, I missed you guys! We were displaced from our home while repairs were being made and without a computer. We survived and our house is ALMOST whole again. I’m back in my kitchen and my heart is filled with joy. We are finally getting our tree up and I made this SMIPLE treat as a welcome home for us.

If you have never made flan, do so. It really is very easy and takes little time to make. It’s one of those desserts that people think you spent your entire day working on. Truth be told, it is no harder than making rice crispy treats. I topped mine with Cranberry sauce to make them festive and because I was dying to use the fresh berries in my refrigerator.

Recipe from Better Homes and Garden Cookbook


  • 1/3 C Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ C Milk
  • 1/3 C Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla


  • Caramelize 1/3 cup sugar in a sauce pan over med heat.
  • Slide the sugar around by shaking the pan until the sugar starts to melt.
  • Once it starts to melt reduce the heat and stir with a wooden spoon until it is all melted.
  • Pure the melted sugar into individual custard cups, or one large tart pan and set aside.
  • **This is the hardest step. If the sugar gets over cooked it can taste bitter.
  • Combine eggs, milk, 1/3-cup sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat till well combined but not foamy.
  • Pour into the custard cups.
  • Place the cups into a large baking and dish and pour boiling water into the dish until the custard dishes are surround by about an inch of water.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until a butter knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from bath and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate.

To plate:

  • Run a butter knife around the sides of the flan.
  • Place a plate on top of the dish and flip.
  • If the flan does not instantly fall onto the plate tap the dish with the knife.


BMK said...

Flan is one of my favorites. Love the festive cranberry touch. Great idea!

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Anncoo said...

WOW! This is gorgeous :) Love the colour and nice click too.

redkathy said...

Yes you were missed much! Love the flan but haven't had it in a while. Nice touch adding the topping. Welcome back :)

George Gaston said...

Welcome back! Your presence has been missed, along with great desserts like this flan. I like the way you incorporated the wonderful cranberry sauce to make it a holiday treat.

Can't wait to see what else you post now that you are back in the kitchen. Many thanks...

Cheryl said...

I am so glad to see you back and I am glad your house is slmost finished as well! I love this flan, awesome looking!

Catherine said...

So glad your back! This flan looks delicious!

Lea Ann said...

Welcome back! I love flan and can't believe I've never tried to make it. Shame on me. Love this version with the cranberries. Thanks for the recipe.

Velva said...

Yea! You are back. Hope everything is looking better than ever.
I love flan. I adore the creamy texture. We still make flan often. Yours looks really good. No doubt, I would love eating it.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Karine said...

Welcome back!

You flan looks delicious. I have also never tried to make one though.

Rowena... said...

You've been missed, and one more thing to note about the caramelized sugar - be very careful because getting burnt is a *****!

Chow and Chatter said...

welcome back and you returned with an amazing flan

Sweet and Savory said...

Welcome home. You must have had a challenging time but what a cheery way to return with the lovely flan.

Barbara said...

I adore flan, but never have made it with cranberries! So pretty.

(Thanks for your comment on the nut cake; I was still working on it when you commented: be sure to let it sit for 24 hours before cutting.)

Claudia said...

How wonderful to have you back - and with flan! Wonderful. I love it and love the idea of sweet-tart cranberries with it. So festive and tasty!

Selba said...

The flan looks so pretty and delicious!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

glad you're back and you came back with a flourish. That flan looks mighty delicious.

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