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Thanksgiving Made Happier with Pumpkin Flan

Posted: 11/24/11 10:27 AM ET

Show up with this flan for Thanksgiving dinner and you will be worshiped and gloried.

Imagine if a pumpkin pie and flan got together and had a baby.


My Basic Cheater's Delicioso Flan Recipe:
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 14 ounce can of pumpkin
3 eggs
½ 8 oz. cream cheese
Optional: a dash of pumpkin spice or your combination of nutmeg or cinnamon to taste

For Caramelado Sauce:
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
Pre-heat oven to 325°
I start with the Caramelado Sauce. Combine sugar and water in pan. Heat on high until mixture boils, slightly lower, and stir quickly until the sauce begins to caramelize. This can take a few minutes.

¡Ojo Alert! Once the sauce turns, it will caramelize and can burn rápido. Immediately coat the bottom of a medium-sized baking recipient (I use an 8 inch square Pyrex) with caramelado sauce, as the sauce hardens quickly.

Add contents of the 1 can of evaporated and 1 can of condensed milk, the cream cheese, 3 eggs, and 1 14 ounce can of pumpkin to the blender. Blend. Pour mixture into baking recipient.
Place in a larger baking recipient (lasagna size) that is filled with a ½ inch of water. This is called a Baño María or a Bain-Marie and allows you to bake the flan without burning it.
Bake for 1 hour (up to 1 ½ hours, depending on your oven)
Remove from oven and cool stovetop for about 1 hour.

Chill at least 8 hours.

Taste.
Savor.
Exclaim: ¡Delicioso!

Is your holiday meal traditional or do you add some sabor?

¡Happy Thanksgiving to you and all you love!

 

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