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Cheesecake Flan

Cheesecake Flan 1

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.

Cheesecake Flan 2

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.

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Asian Pudding/Flan

Food in Taiwan is very much influenced by the Japanese since they ruled the island before KMT came.  This means that there is Japanese food everywhere, and it also means that a lot of our daily snacks were Japanese too (which I only came to realize after coming to the States).  One of these delicious snacks is what we called “pudding” in Taiwan, but in reality westerners would probably call it flan or custard pudding.  However, unlike flan, it is usually steamed which results in a very soft silken tofu-like texture.  It is also (probably) only made of eggs and milk and sugar.  I don’t believe there is such thing as cream in Asia (or maybe just Taiwan), so milk is the best substitute.  I ended up baking because baking is just so much easier.  If you want to “steam” it in a large pot, make sure the water NEVER boils.  Watch the video for pointers.

This recipe that I used is a combination of two different ones: AB’s Flandango Recipe and the recipe from cooking with dog from youtube. If you’ve never seen cooking with dog, it is ADORABLE and you HAVE TO watch.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 325ml Milk
  • 7 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Caramel on the bottom, optional (see youtube video for how they made their caramel)

Procedure:

  1. Put the milk and sugar into the saucepan.  Heat until bare simmer and then take it off the heat. I was once told that heating the milk will change the taste of it, and AB’s recipe called for it.  Let it cool to the point where it won’t cook the eggs.  Add a splash of vanilla extract.

    Heating milk

  2. Beat the eggs until smooth. Be careful not to whip any air into it because we don’t want a hole-y custard.

    Whisk!

  3. Temper the eggs by carefully pouring the cooled milk mixture into the eggs in a thin stream.  When about half of the milk has gone into the mixture, pour the egg + milk mixture back into the sauce pot and stir.
  4. Strain this mixture to remove any possibly cooked eggs or egg white bits.
  5. Butter up your custard holding vessel.  This will allow you to remove the custard from it easily, but if you plan to eat out of it you can skip this step. I used 3.25″ 6 Ounce ramekins, which made 3 puddings for me.
  6. Pour mixture into your vessel. Put the puddings into a baking pan and place into oven heated to 350F.

    Don’t forget the water

  7. Pour in boiling water into the baking pan until the water is just below the level of the custard.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, and start to check on your puddings.  Pierce the pudding with a pairing knife, and if it comes out clean its done.  The pudding will be very jiggly in the middle when you shake it.  Make sure not to over cook it – a film on top, or browning of the edges means that it is over cooked.
  9. Mine was slightly overcooked, hence the egg film formed on top =(

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