I made this for a going away party for a girl at work. She said it was her favorite dessert and it looked tasty and fun to make. Don't let the short list of ingredients fool you! The ingredients are very easy to put together, but there are several tricky spots that warrant special attention:
1) Have the pan with melting sugar set to medium low, not just low, otherwise it will take forever.
2) Do not overcook the caramel! Once it starts to brown, make sure you take it off the burner BEFORE it gets to be too dark, it should be a golden amber, NOT dark brown color. I overcooked it somewhat, and it tasted a little bitter in the end, but that could have been easily avoided.
3) Do not stir the sugar mixture, it will crystalize! Just swirl in pot every 3-4 mins.
4) I agree with many other posters - adding more than 3 eggs is a good idea. It will make the custard more jiggly, and not as hard. I added 4 rather than 3 as the recipe calls for, but could easily see myself adding 5 or 6, just didn't want to risk it since it was my first time making flan.
5) Tip from my friend - if you don't like the taste of eggs, squirt some lime juice into the mixture, this will neutralize the egg flavor.
6) Preheat the baking pan in the oven before pouring the caramel mixture. I preheated mine in a larger pan filled with water.
7) Don't confuse dry milk and evaporated milk when shopping!
All in all, this turned out pretty well and I got plenty of compliments, just wish I didn't overcook the caramel!
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I made this for a going away party for a girl at work. She said it was her favorite dessert...