I do not particularly enjoy pumpkin pie, and most often than not, we have a lot left over, and there really is nothing much you can do with left over pumpkin pie. But pumpkin is a standard Thanksgiving fare, so you have to have pumpkin, but this Thanksgiving I added a twist to the traditional approach.
Pumpkin Flan is actually a close relative of pumpkin pie, minus the crust, with a more creamy custard texture, and it is a bit sweeter. If you want a different approach to your traditional pumpkin desert at Thanksgiving, try this recipe.
What you’ll need:
For the Caramel:
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
For the Custard:
15-oz canned pumpkin pie filling (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
14-oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
Baking Pan and Water for water bath
What to do:
To make the caramel, boil the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir continuously over medium heat until the sugar is melted. Cook until sugar starts to caramelize takes on a deep brown color. Pour the syrup into an ungreased 9 inch cake pan. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Put a baking tray or pan large enough to contain the 9-inch cake pan (usually a roasting pan) and half fill it with water.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract until very smooth. Blend in the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Pour over s strainer into the prepared 9-inch pan.
Cover the cake pan with foil and place it inside the larger tray in the oven. Ideally the water should reach about an inch up the sides of the cake pan. Bake for about one hour (until about an hour and half sometimes!) until the mixture is firm. Allow the flan to cool, then refrigerate.
To serve, loosen the custard from the edge of the pan by running a thin knife around the edges. Then place a large serving platter on top of the pan, invert the pan over the platter, then the flan should just slide right out easily. Enjoy!
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Written by Donna
With moving to California and having two kids, Donna traded in her city night-owl-running-on-caffeine lifestyle by becoming a suburban domestic deity. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler of sorts in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds running, making lists of things to do, trips to the grocery, crafting, and experimenting with new recipes to be fun.
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