Sunday, August 12, 2018

Filipino Leche Flan





A few weeks ago, I posted my Filipino Custard Cake and on top of it is a custard with caramel sauce. My son commented that it is kinda confusing because in his opinion, he prefers only the Leche Flan, theres not a need for a lemony chiffon cake below.. ha ha ha. I really laughed and one of my friend told me that I should tell my son the purpose of this cake is to confuse him. ha ha ha. Anyway here is the recipe of the custard itself only.

Before I go on..I wanna say thank you to Jen of JENerally Informed and Leslie of The Happy Now Blog Link Up. My Filipino Pandesal is by chosen by Jen. Oh I am so thrilled seeing my Pandesal in the array of choices. If you love parties, please consider their place as its happy with great ideas for recipes and parties. Yes, Im thrilled again for the second time because Michele, The Queen Bee Baker picked my Filipino Pandesal as one of her featured posts. These things make me happy because our cuisine is barely existing in other parts of the world.

Leche Flan ( from Leche, Spanish for Milk ), is a caramel custard made with eggs, milk and sugar and flavoured with vanilla. It originated from the regions along the border of France and Spain. It was brought to the Philippines at the time of Spanish colonisation. the ingredients are mixed and poured in an oval or round pan which is then placed in a larger pan of water and cooked on a stove or in an oven. The dessert once firm is chilled before serving. The sugar, after cooking, turns into a caramel syrup that coats the custard.

It is one of our old time favorite, the Filipino Leche Flan. This is one of our legacy although it was passed to us by the Spaniards. Leche Flan is our constant companion in the dinner table especially during family gatherings. Adults and children love it. Whatever the occasion is, you will never miss Leche Flan. It started as plain and simple egg custard but nowadays it comes with young coconut or yam. There are times it has preserved fruits inside. But I always like the plain one...just the egg yolk, milk and caramelized sugar. There is nothing better than that. Cooking Leche Flan is easy and the traditional way is to steam it for about 30 to 40 minutes in a medium fire.

Here is the recipe. I don't steam my Leche Flan instead I bake it.

Ingredients:

1 can evaporated milk

1 can sweetened condensed milk

10 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp lemon juice

For the caramel:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

In a pan, mix water and sugar until there is no lump.

Heat and wait until it boils then turn the heat to simmering mode.

Simmer until the caramel is thick.

Cool slightly and transfer to aluminum moulder.

Mix well the egg yolk, condensed milk and evaporated milk using spatula (by hand ).

Then add vanilla and lemon juice.

Use wooden spatula and mix gently until well combined.

Strain the mixture and gently pour on to the prepared moulds with caramel.

Fill only until 3/4 of the moulder.

Cover with aluminum foil and place the moulds on a larger baking pan half filled with very hot water.

Bake at 350 or 180 for 1 hour.

Cool and then set aside in the fridge.

To serve: run a thin knife around the edges of the mould to loosen the Leche Flan.

Place a platter on top of the mould and quickly turn upside down to position the golden brown caramel on top.

Note: You can also cook Leche Flan by the steamer, in a medium fire for 45 minutes to one hour.



Leche Flan should be thick with dripping caramel sauce. Though its soft, it should not break easily when you slice it. Hmmmnn...lovely squares of joy!

And the lovely thing to do..play around with shapes, you can use any size and shapes and I tell you the finished products are amazing. Here I used a heart shaped moulder and actualy is a cake pan. I love the outcome...

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36 comments:

  1. This looks similar to a French style flan that I absolutely love and have often meant to look for the recipe. So I think I'll try this one. It looks so simple too, just what I like!

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    1. Hi there.. thank you for coming over I wish you have a name and a link so that I could return the favor. Have a great weekend, you ahould try this.. its really good.

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  2. These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

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    1. Hello Chas.. thanks for coming over. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Many years ago I spent a few months in Uruguay. It was a beautiful country and one of my favorite desserts there was flan. Flan always reminds me of Uruguay for that reason and brings back some really good memories. Thank you for sharing this recipe on Inspire Me Monday and bringing back those good memories.

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    1. Oh Im so happy what I brought brings you a lot of good memories. Perhaps you need to try this.. I love it when we become nostalgic because of food memories. Take care

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  4. My Lola makes leche flan and it is delicious! I never asked her for the recipe because well, she always made it but now, I can make it for her! This looks so delicious and I can't wait to try! Masarap!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Hi Maureen.. now you can surprise your lola! dont forget to add lemon or calamansi juice( just a little) and strain the mixture also. it will be very good. good luck!

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  5. That looks delicious. I love things that are custardy such as flan and crème brulee. #Alittlebitofeverything

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    1. Hi Alice.. it is similar to creme brulee but our version is thicker and sweetest.. ha ha ha! but you will love it im sure

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  6. How pretty! This looks delicious! :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. Its pretty that it took me a while looking at it first before eating.. have a great weekend

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  7. We have a similar dessert in Mexico; yours looks so well done, as you mentioned, soft but very stable. Amazing!

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    1. Yes Irene, our food is fusion from from Spain, Mexico and Portugal. We have been under spanish regime for 300 years and soldiers then were from these countries. You need to add lemon or calamansi juice.. abt 1/4 tsp and dont forget to strain the mixture. Id say better bake it than cooking it via steamer the traditional way. Baking it results in a finer, firmer flan.

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  8. I love leche flan and this looks so perfect!! I could finish a whole serving in one sitting, I hope you brought more with you.😂 Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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    1. Oh me also, I dont count calories when its in front me. I can just eat and eat. Thank you for coming over. Have a great week

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  9. Very tasty looking, and thanks for providing the background for leche flan, which is something new to learn here. Thank you for bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday!!!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I hope you have a great week. Till next party

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  10. I love flan and this looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann for coming over. Glad you like Flan. Have a great week

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  11. We love flan but I have never made it. You are giving me incentive. Stop by Over The Moon Linky Party since you are being featured.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you Bev. So sweet of you to drop by and notify me. I am happy my flan is one of the choices.

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  12. A beautiful dessert that we will love! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Hello Miz Helen. Thank you for dropping by. I hope you have a great week.

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  13. Mareliz, that looks amazing!! I LOVE flan. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hello Michele, thank you for dropping by. I am happy you like Flan. Have a great weekend

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    2. I made this gorgeous flan a feature at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party this week in the Labor Day Weekend Recipe section. Have a wonderful week!

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  14. Flan is probably my husband's favorite dessert. His mother had a special dish she used just for flan. It took some experimentation but she discovered the "perfect" amount of eggs, milk and sugar to cook the flan in her oven. She was quite distraught when she the dish got broken. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty!

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    1. Hello Lydia,
      What a coincidence, my husband's favorite too and now my son loves it too. Yes, it will take some experimentation before you can make your own perfect flan. Oh, i hope your mother in law finds a new dish for her special flan..I feel her. Thank you for dropping by and for the sharing. Have a great weekend

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  15. Hi, just hopping by to let you know that you will be one of the features at SYC tomorrow.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann, that is so sweet of you to drop by and bring the good news. Have a great weekend.

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  16. Visiting from Jann's blog and this looks absolutely amazing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy. I found your place and youve got a very warm, cozy place. I love it there. Have a great weekend.

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  17. This looks so delicious...bars of joy dripping with caramel!

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    1. Oh I know.. its obvious you love Caramel. Happy New Year. Keep on writing

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  18. I did not know that there was such a thing as pumpkin flan! I want I want I want lol!!

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