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Birthday Flan!

Mike's birthday flan

I used my new kitchen scale to make flan for Mike’s birthday. The recipe is from an old French cookbook, so I figure it’s okay if I share the ingredients with my instructions here:

  • 200 grams of flour
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 liter of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • butter (to grease the pan)
  • pinch of salt

Sift the flour into a bowl. Make a hole in the middle and add the sugar and pinch of salt. Don’t mix the dry ingredients together – I tried that the first time I made flan (a few weeks ago), and was left with a bunch of lumps in my batter. The lumps don’t form if you follow the instructions and mix the flour in after the sugar.

Add the eggs (lightly beaten). Mix the eggs with the sugar (not the flour), and then stir in the milk, mixing in the flour slowly. Stir until smooth.

Grease and flour a round cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 220 Celsius (425 Fahrenheit). Chill completely before serving. The batter separates out while baking, so you have a custardy top  with a thicker base. Emma likes to eat the custard off and leave the rest behind…

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

10 thoughts on “Birthday Flan!”

  1. I bet this was so good! I’ve never tried making flan, but maybe I will now if you say it isn’t too hard. I’ve always heard it’s so tricky to get right, but yours looks delicious!
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  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Oh yum! I may have to try this!!
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  3. I totally see Anna doing the same thing, but the flan looks delicious, and the recipe looks relatively simple. Thanks for sharing it!
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    1. @Natalie – I was surprised by how easy it was, and it does taste wonderful – to adults, at least =)

    1. @Ticia – I was scared to make it for years, but this recipe was super easy – it said 10 minutes prep, and that really was all the time I spent making it!

      1. So I had to come back over because I saw your comment on Almost Unschoolers about her flan not looking like flan, and I was thinking “but that’s how I always see it at Mexican restuarants,” and you’re right yours looks very different.

        Now I’m curious what the difference is in how they’re made…..

        1. I sort of put my foot in my mouth on that, because it turns out that what the French call creme caramel is called Flan in Spain (and Mexico). Creme caramel is much sweeter than French flan, and French flan has flour in it (creme caramel is more of a custard).

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