flan napolitano de veracruz

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

4 eggs

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup whipping cream

1 cinnamon stick

Heat sugar ina 7-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When sugar begins to melt, reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook sugar, stirring occasionally. When sugar is melted and brown, immediately spoon over bottom and side of a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish. Set aside for caramel to cool.

Preheat oven to 325 deg F. Combine condensed milk, cream, milk and eggs in blender. Process until thoroughly mixed. Pour into baking dish lined with caramelized sugar. Drop cinnamon stick into middle of mixture. Place baking dish in a baking pan. Pour hot water into pan halfway up sides of baking dish. Bake about 1 hour 50 minutes or until a knife inserted ff-center comes out clean. COver flan loosely with foil if necessary to prevent excessive browning. Remove baking dish from pan of hot water. Cool, then refrigerate at least 3 hours. To serve, run a knife around top edge and invert flan onto a serving plate. Makes 8 servings.

I worked at an elementary school a couple of years ago and they made a cookbook for their volunteers in which all the teachers and PTA parents had submitted recipes-and being an Americorps volunteer, I got invited to the school potlucks and they gave me little tokens of their affection. They were so sweet. And this flan is tasty, and fairly hard to screw up. Carmelizing the sugar is really fun, also.

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