I forget how I came across this recipe, but it contained two things I love, cheesecake and flan, so I knew I had to make it. Although I overcooked my first batch (an issue I will address with I provide instructions for the recipe), the second batch I was much more careful and the results were amazing. The texture was perfectly smooth and silky. The hybrid of the two desserts is interesting, and I debated for a while whether or not I liked it enough to want to share it. The first one I had was very, very tangy, predominantly the taste of cream cheese, and only sweet enough when I ate it with the proper amount of caramel from the bottom. This was about 1/2 hour after I took them out of the oven. I didn’t like it so much.
However, the second time I had it, after a night in the fridge (the flan, not me), it was more flan-like than cheesecake. Perfect sweetness and texture of the flan, and an occasional tanginess to kick. Maybe inverting it onto a plate made the caramel spread more evenly and made it taste better. Perhaps the 3rd time tasting it will reveal the answer. Anyway, I think this recipe is interesting enough by itself to share, and my 2nd flan was quite delicious. Its a little heavier than flan, but not as heavy as creme brulee or cheesecake. Think of it as a heavy flan, or a light cheesecake I suppose.
Anyway, I got my recipe from the Food Network, and here are some tips to help.
- The baking time for this recipe called for 30 minutes at 325F. People get varying results probably because the amount of water they use to fill the container is different. I used a 9×13 baking pan with ~6 cups of water and the flan was fully baked at around 30~35 minutes.
- Your flan is over-baked when the top of the custard is puffy and has bubbles in it
- You can substitute low fat cream cheese with regular cream cheese if you would like.
Have you ever made any desserts that was a fusion of two separate desserts? How did it turn out? Tell me about it! I would love to try more interesting mashups.