I’ve seen this from Gale Gand’s TV show, Sweet Dreams, I wanted to make this ever since but never got the chance to do so and when I found out that Kulinarya Cooking Club is showcasing leche flan, I thought this is the perfect time to do it. I will also share my very simple and easy leche flan recipe :)
A note on this recipe: I thought it could use more mango flavor, I cannot really taste the mango in this flan, maybe a mango essence should be added next if I’m ever going to make this again; maybe without the brownie anymore because the flan is already rich enough to clog my arteries lol. But presentation wise, it’s really, really nice ( it would have been nicer if I have a round cookie cutter for the brownies for a neat cut).
I replaced the milk in this recipe with a can each of condensed milk and evaporated milk.
make the caramel and pour into ramekins, swirl to coat the sides..be careful it’s scorching hot
..while you’re making the caramel, put ingredients for the flan in a big bowl..mix until well-blended
strain the mixture into a pitcher then pour into ramekins placed in a big pan..my tip here is to put the hot water when the pan of ramekins is already in the oven. Bake for about 35 minutes..cool, cover and chill..
make the brownies..
cut brownie circles, the size of ramekin and invert flan on top of it.. yum! :)
MANGO FLAN ON BROWNIES
adapted from “Butter Sugar Flour Eggs” by Gale Gand, Rick Tramonto, Julia Moskin, Clarkson N. Potter Publishers, 1999 courtesyof Food Network
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 big can condensed milk
1 tall can evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup fresh mango puree (1 small mango, peeled, pitted, and pureed in a food processor)
Chocolate Brownie Base:
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Pour 2 cups sugar into the center of a deep saucepan. Carefully pour the water around the sugar, trying not to splash any sugar onto the sides of the pan. Do not stir; gently draw your finger through the center of the sugar twice, making a cross, to moisten it. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil without stirring. Reduce the heat to a fast simmer and cook without stirring until amber-caramel in color, 10 to 20 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat. Meanwhile, set 6 (1-cup ramekins or shallow coffee cups nearby. When the caramel is cooked, quickly pour about 1/4 cup caramel into each ramekin and swirl to coat the sides. Set aside to cool.
In a saucepan, bring the milk and vanilla bean to a boil over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, additional egg yolks and the remaining 1 cup sugar. Whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot milk into the egg mixture. Whisk the remaining hot milk into the egg mixture. Whisk in the mango puree until smooth. Strain the mixture into a pitcher to smooth it and to remove the vanilla bean and mango fibers. Pour the mixture into the caramel-lined ramekins and arrange in a hot water bath. Bake in the center of the oven until dry and set in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the water bath and let cool. Tightly cover each ramekin with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
Chocolate Brownie Base: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan and line it with parchment or waxed paper, pressing into the corners. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter until fluffy. Mix in the sugar. Mix in the eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix just until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake until the cake is firm in the center and the surface is dry and shiny, 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn out the whole cake onto a work surface. Peel off the waxed paper. Using a ramekin as a guide, use a sharp knife to cut out 6 brownie circles the same size as the ramekins.
To serve, place a brownie circle on each serving plate. Turn a flan out on top of the cake (you may need to dip the bottom of each ramekin in hot water to loosen the caramel, and/or run a knife around the edge of the ramekin). The caramel will pour out and serve as the sauce, and will also soak into the brownie.
Please visit my friends from Kulinarya Cooking Club too and see their yummy versions of leche flan :)
Kath of ACupcakeorTwo.com
Trissa of Trissalicious.com
Trisha of Sugarlace.com
Olive of http://www.LatestRecipes.net
Caroline of WhenAdoboMetFeijoada.Blogspot.com /
Peach of ThePeachKitchen.com
Cusinera of BusogSarap.com
Asha of ForkspoonnKnife.Blogspot.com
Malou of ImpromptuDiva.com
Cherrie of SweetCherriePie.blogspot.com
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