Angelina Perricone Caltagirone's "Flan"
 Source: Dora Scolaro Caltagirone.  This rich custard dessert is one of my favorites while growing up and it was typically served at most family gatherings.  Although Dora jokingly boosts that she is no expert in the kitchen, but she has preserved her mother-in-laws flan recipe; which she is sharing with us in hope that the some of these great tastes will live on.  Dora's mother-in-law often made flan individual cups for her husband, Alfonso to take to work.  He owned the "Hubba Cafe" in Ybor City on 7th Avenue and 17th Street. .
Serves 8 - 12



6   eggs, slightly beaten

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1-1/2 can of water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 drop of yellow food coloring (optional)

dash nutmeg


3/4 cup granulated sugar (for caramelizing)

RECIPE:  8 - 9-inch flan pan (stainless steel deep pan)

1.  Caramelize the sugar first because you will need to allow the sugar to cool.  Pour sugar in the baking pan, pour sugar over the bottom of the baking dish and heat on medium.  Decrease to low heat and allow to cook until sugar begins to turns deep amber.  Moving the pan occasionally for about 5 minutes for the sugar to caramelize evenly.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  (Best to set onto a granite counter to cool quickly).

2.  After sugar has cooled.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees-F.

3.  First whisk eggs and beat well, (or use hand mixer).  Then add a can of sweetened condensed milk and water and mix together.  Add the vanilla and yellow food coloring (yes, the original recipe called for the food coloring).  Strain custard mixture before pouring into the cooled flan pan.  Sprinkle with nutmeg. 

4.  Set the flan pan inside larger baking pan (or Pyrex dish) and set in the oven.  Add warm water to the outer pan for a water bath.  Reduce the oven to 325-degrees and bake for about 1 hour. 

Test if the flan id cooked by inserting a knife in the center, if the knife blade is wet, increase temperature to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 15 to 30 minutes.


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