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Spicy Horchata Flan

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Prep Time 4 hours 15 minutes
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Serving Yield 1 8-inch flan

If you're looking to liven up your flan, just add ground cinnamon, cayenne, and a secret ingredient: horchata concentrate. These additions bring a fiery quality to the sweet custard and caramel, because no dessert should be one-note.

This recipe comes to us from Amelia Rampe of Food52 and is inspired by the Filipino-style dessert she grew up with at family get-togethers.

Photography by Rocky Luten

By: Amelia Rampe of Food52

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or more, depending on how much heat you like)
  • 10 Pete and Gerry's Organic Egg Yolks
  • 6 ounces horchata concentrate
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine 3 tablespoons water with sugar and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Without stirring, melt sugar until completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Once sugar is melted, reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, gently swirling the pan occasionally, until caramel has a deep amber color, about 15 to 18 minutes. Adjust heat to low, if necessary.

Step 3

As soon as the caramel reaches a deep amber color, lower the heat, add the ground cinnamon and cayenne, and swirl the pan vigorously to combine. Then immediately pour the caramel into an 8-inch cake pan, or divide evenly amongst llaneras or ramekins. Allow the caramel to cool completely.

Step 4

While the caramel cools, in a large bowl, combine egg yolks, horchata concentrate, and evaporated milk. Very gently whisk in circular motions. The harder you whisk, the more bubbles will form in your custard, leaving bubbles in the finished product.

Step 5

Gently pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a measuring cup. You should have about 4 cups of mixture. Allow mixture to sit to settle any bubbles that were formed. Pour mixture into the cake pan or divide mixture evenly into llaneras or ramekins.

Step 6

Place the flan pan inside a roasting pan, then place the roasting pan in the oven. Add simmering water to the roasting pan so it surrounds the flan pan with about 1 inch of water. Bake flan until firm around the edges and still wobbly in the center, 40 to 45 minutes. Bake times will be less for a llanera or ramekins, depending on their size.

Step 7

Remove flan pan from water bath and let cool until room temperature. Transfer to the fridge and let set, about 4 hours. When ready to serve, remove flan from fridge and let sit 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and place a serving platter upside down over the top. Invert flan onto platter, scraping out any loose caramel.

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