Saturday, May 12, 2012

Leche Flan

Leche flan or crème caramel; a custard dessert with its top layered with soft caramel, is my all-time favorite dessert 

Supposedly French in origin, it has spread across Europe and has become known as flan in Spanish-speaking countries. European restaurants love the ease of making it. It can also be prepared in advance, chilled, and served as needed.

Crème caramel is a variant of plain custard (crème) where some caramel syrup is poured into the mold before adding the custard base. After the custard has set, it is turned out, leaving a caramel sauce on top. Like all custards, flan is made with whole eggs, milk or cream, and sugar. The typical flavoring is simply vanilla.

As a kid, whenever my parents took me to fiestas or wedding receptions in which the meals were served buffet-style, almost always, my mother had to ask the host if I could be given a piece of leche flan first; otherwise, I would just as easily spend the entire affair playing with my cousins and not eat. The main dishes held no interest for me, only the desserts; specifically, the flan. Once I had a piece, I would then eat some of the main sumptuous dishes.

In New York City, one of my brothers really excelled in making leche flan. However, whenever I had sudden cravings for it, I’d often stop by Dean & Deluca down in Soho and just get myself some crème burlee. In Metro Manila, many restaurants now offer crème burlee, but leche flan remains my prime choice.

There are those who argue that a halo-halo is not complete without a piece of leche flan.

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  1. haha! you just described leche flan in its most delectable way i could ever imagine. ^0^
    it is definitely everyone's favorite.(and mine too!) ^0^

  2. i did a few attempts at leche flan but i only got a good result once. i gave up after that.:p besides i'm not really fond of leche flan, too sweet for me.

  3. I'm one of those who consider halo-halo incomplete without a piece of leche plan.

  4. i love leche flan on halo-halo.. but i don't enjoy is much is i eat it as is :P

  5. Who can say no to leche flan? Yum! But I'd say I like our leche flan a lot better than the custard creme or whatever they call it served in restos here...

  6. We use to sell leche flan before, the recipe was a heirloom recipe of my lola's lola.

    Leche Flan is a family fave..

    It's my first time here bloghopping from Food Trip Friday.

  7. I love the one with calamansi added before cooking with lots of bubbles permeated with caramel!

  8. Leche flan looks delish Bro :-) I had that yesterday and it was delish too :-) Dropping by from FTF