I don’t know how it is for you, but usually when I hear words like “custard cups” and “water bath” in a recipe that sits in my cookbook next things like “Soufflé” and “Crème Brûlèe,” I feel a little intimidated! But because my dear hubby (who was born and raised in Paraguay) loves Flan, a while back I decided to give this recipe a go. I found it to be very doable and delicious, and I’ve since made it several times.
One thing I love about this recipe is that it uses just 4 simple ingredients that I almost always have on hand: sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla!
The first step is making the caramel sauce, which in theory is simple enough. Simply heat 1/3 cup of sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, shaking it periodically so the sugar melts evenly.
Pour boiling water into the baking dish until it’s about 1 inch deep. This hot water bath helps keep the edges of the flan from overcooking before the center is done.
To check for doneness, insert a knife about 1 inch from the center. If it comes out clean, your flan is done.
**Oh, and see?! Wherever the water touched caramel sauce it dissolved completely. No scrubbing needed! I told you everything was going to be ok…
Super Simple Mini Flans
adapted from Better Homes & Gardens’ “Individual Caramel Flans”