If you are anything like me, your definition of cooking includes turning on the oven to reheat a store bought side or pushing buttons on a microwave. Desserts are typically ordered or picked up at the local grocery store. It’s not that I don’t like home-made meals. I just hate the process before, during and after.
Much to my Mexican family’s dismay, I did not inherit the love for the kitchen that most of the women in my family possess. One of the first things I told my now-husband when we began to talk about marriage was – I didn’t plan on cooking every day. Fast forward to present day, now a stay-at-home mom and 3 kids later, I must admit I spend more time in the kitchen than I would like. I am, however, proud to say I’ve become an expert on quick, easy and effortless meals!
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought I’d share my all-time favorite (and easy!) dessert recipe: flan. It’s a dish I’ve made many times over the years, especially for our Thanksgiving get-togethers, and plan to continue the tradition this year even if our holiday celebration looks a little different. Flan is a creamy custard dessert that is very popular in Mexico and other Latin American countries. It adds a little bit of our culture to the traditional Thanksgiving meal! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 can of evaporated milk
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tbsp of vanilla
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Pour the sugar into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the sugar continually until it begins to brown and clump together. Keep stirring until the sugar completely melts and dissolves into a golden-brown syrup. Remove the syrup from the heat as soon as it has dissolved. Pour it into a round 8 inch cake pan and set aside.
Step 3: Put the rest of your ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture over the dissolved sugar (caramel) in your cake pan. Cover with aluminum foil.
Step 4: Place the cake pan of flan into a large baking dish. Pour water into the baking dish until it reaches halfway up the side of the cake pan. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Step 5: Remove from the oven and lift the flan pan out of the water bath. Remove aluminum foil and let it cool. Once cool, refrigerate for a couple hours.
Step 6: To serve, use a knife to separate sides from the pan. Place a plate on top of the pan and flip over. At this point your flan should be on the plate with the caramel sauce over top.
Slice, serve and enjoy!
So tell me, what are your favorite, time-honored Thanksgiving Day dishes? Be sure to comment below!