Thursday 17 December 2009

Flan / Crème renversée au Caramel ( Caramel Custard)

Anyone can be a father but MY papa is a wonderful person, someone so special to me, whom I admire, cherish and treasure so heartily!! Unlike my beloved J, he has not always been a great cook but he masters two dishes like a Chef, one is Paal Kova (Milk Peda) and the other one is this Flan/ Crème Caramel. He finds great pleasure in doing it for us, each time we fly back home and so, today, it’s my chance to show him how special he is to me and how much he’s loved and appreciated and that all my thoughts wander around him....


The above is what he did for us during our last vacation in India. He didn’t use any oven or pressure cooker to cook the cream; he does it in an ordinary vessel. See how gorgeously it came out!!

So, I’ve done my version of the Crème caramel / Flan to celebrate on this special day to wish him a very happy Birthday in my own manner and to remind him how fortunate I feel to love a papa like him! Enjoy your day Papa!!!


Ingredients:

750 ml whole milk
5 eggs
150g sugar
2 vanilla beans
For the caramel:
135g sugar
45g water

Method:

Use a better knife than that one please!! :(
Split open the vanilla beans into half along it’s entire length and scrape the seeds with the tip of a knife and put them along with the pods in the milk and bring it slowly to boil.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Grease the pudding moulds or any other oven proof dish (the edges should be high) and keep it in the oven for few minutes.

In a big bowl, beat the eggs along with the sugar until the mixture becomes beige in colour.

Gently add the hot milk over the egg/sugar mixture little by little, while whisking vigorously and continuously.



Prepare the caramel by heating a pan with the sugar and the water. (we don’t need to stir the mixture). As soon as the caramel begins to turn to golden brown, pour it into the greased moulds so that the caramel coats the bottom of the mould well. (This part should be done very quickly or else the caramel tends to harden). Keep it aside.


Meanwhile, remove the vanilla pods and the foam using a slotted spoon. (I didn’t do it here) and pour the mixture into the ramekins.


Place the ramekins in a baking tray lined with a baking sheet and pour some hot water just till half way up to the ramekins and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted, comes out clean. Remove and let it cool down at room temperature. Cool in the refrigerator until serving.


Before serving, just insert a knife towards the walls of a ramekin and move around the ramekin to detach the pudding from the walls. Place the serving plate on it and turn back at once and tap slightly so that the cream detaches delicately by itself. Enjoy your crème caramel and Cheers!!!


Drinks suggestions: Champagne

34 comments:

Erica said...

I love,love flan!In Colombia is a popular dessert. Yours looks delicious.

vineetha said...

wowwwww..looks mouthwatering..Drooling here.
Birthday wishes to ur grt father !!

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks,loved the step by step pics too...b'day wishes to your dad...hope he sees ur blog and feels proud of you...

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Flan looks delicious. Luved the click.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Wow!!!! love the method shown.Excellent dessert for a change.Great...

Ally said...

i love caramel flan...yur looks totally delectable!

Soma Pradhan said...

This is indeed lovely

Cham said...

Bon Anniversaire a ton pere de ma part:)
My mom fav dessert, she does like wonder too. Both look perfect!

Padma said...

My wishes to your dad Vinolia. Caramel custard looks simply superb :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh wow!!! that looks gorgeously yummy dea..!!! gud job with it..
Excellent self explanatory pics..

Priya said...

Je souhaite bon anniversaire à ton cher papa Vino..flan looks prefect and my fav dessert too..Tempting clicks..

kothiyavunu said...

Flan looks so adorable and very eye-cathing with that simple yet elegant presentation.great gob!!
B"day wishes to ur father.

Ushnish Ghosh said...
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kamalabhoopathy said...

Lovely clicks and yummy desert.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Jean
(Some thing strange happened, I wrote my comments, then pasted some other comments which was in memory. I did it twice. So I have removed them from here.)
I like the way you have written about your father, a wonderful tribute indeed, and you have kept the photo of the pudding he made!!! Please convey my birthday wishes to him.
I love to eat this pudding, but it has been ages. Let me see when I can make it.
Your photography is very good!!
Have a exciting weekend
PS is your name Vinolia?

Nostalgia said...

Great...its come out very well

Jean's Saappadu said...

Thank you to all of you for the reviews and the wishes!!

Dear Ushnish,
no worries, it happens sometimes for me too :)

thank you for all the kind compliments!!

PS: my name is Vinolia :) (people/ fellow bloggers who know me call Vinolia, others think that my name is Jean (as it appears on my blog's name), actually, Ak is for Akshay & Al is for Alka, combined the name of my teddies :):) Cheers!!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Convey my hearty wishes to your Papa, Vino. I became senti' after reading your intro'...same here, Daddy's little Princess. Good to know...you saved his master piece. Now I know...why Vino cooks - Cooking gene' runs in the family:) Have a great weekend.

Malar Gandhi said...

Pictures look absolutely gorgeous...never had them before, very tempting infact.

Pavithra said...

Oh woooooooooooooow nice pictures... this is my top most fav pudding in the world.

Lavanya Siva said...

Wow, picture is very nice. Wishes to your fathers birthday. Very tempting dish, and great clicks

Superchef said...

what a lovely post!! i love flan , always a light dessert to have!

Tina said...

Wow mu all time fav item....Looks perfect..

Padhu said...

Lovely step by step pictures.Superb.I have cravings now just by looking at the pictures

Parita said...

Your step by step pics are making me soooooo hungry! Fantastic custard!

Susri said...

wow..looks mouthwatering!!!

Latha said...

Flan looks so perfect...great. Lovely pics.

Dolly said...

Wow Lovely Post Dear Vinolia. It was very touching. Convey happy belated wishes to ur dad. See I'm glad I read this post , now I know ur name. Love ur gorgeous Caramel Custard. Its looks so Yummmmy !!!!. Also such beautiful Clicks. I'm sure ur dad must be so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Vinolia!
You are realy greate.
Rare to found a daughter like you.
Have a superb day.
Your's ever loving dad.
Papa.

Anonymous said...

Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,Felicitation,
Tres fiere de toi et bonne continuation,
Papa.

Jean's Saappadu said...

merci papa :)

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Mythreyi Dilip said...

First time here, u got a excellent space. Flan looks inviting dear and ur step by step explanation with pictures are awesome:)

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