My daughter had a Spanish final project to do and decided to do a presentation on flan.
She did the project by researching the history of flan (which was very interesting believe it or not) and then making a traditional flan and making a power point presentation on it all. I think she did a great job.
Here is the recipe she used from Cocine A Gusto, a great cookbook I picked up when mom lived in Puerto Rico. It’s published by the University of Puerto Rico, but is actually a really old cookbook originally- I think the first publishing date is in the 1950’s. (That made for interesting Spanish cooking terms.)
The recipe: (translated for your pleasure)
3/4 cup of sugar
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (we used 2)
For the Caramel-
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of water
Beat the eggs enough to mix the yolks and whites. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Prepare the caramel and pour a little in the bottom of each of the molds or ramekins. Fill the molds and place in a pan with some hot water (water bath or bain marie.) Cook in the oven (not preheated) at about 350 for one hour.
Makes 8 flans.