Creme Caramel aka flan/caramel custard/egg pudding is one of my favourite desserts – easy to make, requires very few ingredients, looks elegant and liked by all age groups. My Mom used to make it in a pressure cooker without the whistle ………I loved it but as always I needed a simpler recipe . I had experimented with many recipes………some were too dense, some too watery, some required separating the eggs etc. I came up with this one by combining two recipes and it’s as easy as it can be………perhaps the only part that is slightly tricky is making the perfect caramel……….take care not to burn the sugar. It has been a great hit whenever I have made it for my dinner parties.
1 can condensed milk (300 ml)
300 ml milk
3 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (300 degrees F if using a fan assisted convection oven).
1) In a heavy bottomed pan melt sugar on low heat without any water etc. When it turns light brown pour into pan ( preferably round with a flat base such as a 6 inch cake pan ) and spread all over quickly.
2) In a large bowl beat eggs just until the yolks and whites are combined .Blend all other ingredients (condensed milk, milk and vanilla) until mixed on medium speed (low speed if you are using a stand mixer with paddle attachment). Do not over blend. Pass the mixture through a sieve to catch any lumps and pour in pan over caramel.
3)Put this pan in another bigger baking pan with about 1-2 inches hot water. The water should reach halfway up to the pan
4) Bake on 325 degrees F for about 1 hour 10 minutes (depending upon your pan) or until the center is almost set. Take care not to overbake else it will become hard and rubbery. Let the pan remain in the water until it cools down to room temperature.
5) Refrigerate for at least 5-6 hrs and then loosen edges with knife and invert on plate. Garnish with hardened caramel, berries or whipped cream. It e looks elegant even without any garnishing. You can make this in individual ramekins too.
In some countries condensed milk is available in 400 ml cans, in that case use 400 ml milk and 4 eggs instead of 3. Increase vanilla extract also by 1/4 teaspoon.
This recipe has participated in the D-for-Desserts Event at Suvidha’s Kitchen and AnyOne Can Cook Series 28 at Taste Of Pearl City