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Flan Casero & Flan Napolitano

Flan is a delicious caramel custard that comes to us from Spain. You can enjoy flan in most Mexican restaurants, and sometimes it comes in different flavors like “coffee” or cajeta. But as our famous friend Alain Vinay says “el flan de cajeta no existe, el flan es el flan.”  Alain is a passionate man.

In any case, I wanted to share these recipes with you all, since the custard itself (not the sugary topping) are surprisingly healthy and low in Weight Watchers points. I think that you could also count this is a serving of dairy 🙂 which is important for us ladies!  This is an easy dessert to make, and basically everybody loves flan!  All you need are 4-5 ingredients and a blender (or your MyCook with the whipping tool).

The picture on the left is the finished product. The one on the right is the flan napolitano right after it came out of its cooking pan, but before we chilled and flipped it.

Flan Casero (The original gangster of flan, as simple as can be. More jello-y due to the water ).

  • 1 can Lechera (sweetened condensed milk)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of sugar
  1. Take one cup of white sugar and put in in a soup pot with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over low heat (uncovered) and stir frequently. Eventually, the sugar will melt and when it is a healthy golden brown (don’t let it bubble) take it off the heat and pour into a pie pan.
  2. Blend Lechera, warm water, vanilla, and eggs together and pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Take a lasagna pan (or in my case, my KitchenAid stainless steel pan and fill 1/3 with warm water. Place your flan pan inside the lasagna pan and continue to fill lasagna pan with water until the water is level with the flan.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. At the hour, take the pan out and let it cool for 15 minutes. Remove the flan pan from the lasagna pan and let cool for 30 minutes.
  6. When the pie pan is luke warm cut the flan with butter knife around the edges. Pour some of the caramelized sugar into a tupperware so you don’t spill it (and also so you can limit the amount of sugar that you eat). Place your serving plate (I use a standard dish….#newlyweds) over the pie pan. Swiftly, with no hesitation or thought of consequences, flip the pie pan over so the flan is perfectly placed on your dish.
  7. Let chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Garish with sauce, and maybe some fresh berries if you want to impress your sweety.

Flan Napolitano (thicker and creamier due to the cream cheese)

  • 3/4 cup of sugar 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can of Lechera or leche condensada
  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 packet (190 grams) of reduced fat cream cheese
    1. Take 6 ounces of white sugar and put in in a soup pot with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over low heat (uncovered) and stir frequently. Eventually, the sugar will melt and when it is a healthy golden brown (don’t let it bubble) take it off the heat and pour into a pie pan.
    2. Blend Lechera, eggs, vanilla, milk and cream cheese together and pour into the prepared pan.
    3. Take a lasagna pan (or in my case, my KitchenAid stainless steel pan and fill 1/3 with warm water. Place your flan pan inside the lasagna pan and continue to fill lasagna pan with water until the water is level with the flan.
    4. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour at 395 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. At the hour, take the pan out and let it cool for 15 minutes. Remove the flan pan from the lasagna pan and let cool for 30 minutes.
    6. When the pie pan is luke warm cut the flan with butter knife around the edges. Pour some of the caramelized sugar into a tupper ware so you don’t spill it (and also so you can limit the amount of sugar that you eat). Place your serving plate (I use a standard dish….#newlyweds) over the pie pan. Swiftly, with no hesitation or thought of consequences, flip the pie pan over so the flan is perfectly placed on your dish.
    7. Let chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Garish with sauce, and maybe some fresh berries if you want to impress your sweety.

For the Weight Watchers out there, each slice (1/8 of the pie pan) is 4 smartpoints each the Flan Napolitano and 3 smartpoints for the Flan Casero. Add a teaspoon of sugar topping for 1 point more!

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