This is a recipe for a traditional Mexican Flan. The recipe includes 6 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. You can bake the flan in a double boiler flan pan, or the more traditional pan to use would be a low, round metal tin with a lid that clips on to keep it tight. The pan would be placed in a water bath in the oven to cook. Read more about "flan" including history.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the 1 cup sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and caramelize over medium heat At first, swirl the pan over the heat, but do not stir (this will cause it to clump). After about 8 minutes, when the sugar has begun to liquefy, stir with a heavy spoon. When the caramel turns light brown, quickly (and carefully burns are painful) pour into a 2-quart, high-sided metal flan mold. Tip pan so caramel coats the bottom and up sides of mold. Work fast; caramel hardens quickly.
Using a whisk, beat together the egg yolks, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla. Mixture should be well-blended but not frothy. Pour into the caramelized mold. Cover with the flan mold lid and secure with clips. (this prevents the top from overcooking). Place the mold in a larger pan (such as a roasting pan) and pour in about 1 1/2 inches of hot water.
Place on the bottom rack of the preheated oven and bake for approximately 65 minutes. After 55 minutes, open the oven door and test the flan by inserting the thinnest knife you own into the middle of the flan. Do not go all the way to the bottom. If large curds cling to the knife the flan is not yet done. Give it about 10 minutes longer. If just a film of custard clings to the knife, the flan is done. When you jiggle the mold, the custard should shimmer in the middle but look cooked around the edge.
Remove from oven and cool mold on a rack. The flan will continue to cook for about an hour after being removed from the oven. During this time it will set up. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before unmolding. Unmold
Run a thin, sharp knife around the edge of the flan. Move the pan from side to side to see if the flan is slipping and free from the edges of the pan. Place a flat serving platter with a raised rim on top of the mold. Holding the platter and mold together tightly, flip them over. The flan should slip easily onto the platter, along with most of the caramel sauce. Use a spoon to remove more caramel and spoon it around the custard. The bottom of the pan will have a hard layer of caramel still on it. Serve
Cut flan into wedges spooning caramel sauce over each slice.
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