Amazing Creme Caramel
To caramelize the sugar:
- In a heavy medium skillet, cook the 1/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar begins to melt, shaking skillet occasionally. Dont stir. Once the sugar starts to melt, reduce heat to low and cook about 5 minutes more or until all of the sugar melts and is golden brown, stirring as needed with a wooden spoon.
- Remove skillet from heat and immediately divide the caramelized sugar among six 6-ounce custard cups, or pour caramelized sugar into a 9-inch flan pan or a 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pan. Working quickly, rotate cups or pan so sugar coats the bottom as evenly as possible. Cool the caramelized sugar.
- Remove the peel from the oranges, lemons, or limes with a vegetable peeler. In a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half, citrus peel, and cinnamon sticks over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until tiny bubbles just form around the edge.
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and yolks in a medium bowl until mixed. Gradually whisk in the 2/3 cup sugar and set aside.
- Strain the half-and-half mixture; discard the citrus strips and cinnamon pieces. Slowly stir the hot half-and-half into the egg mixture. Stir in the vanilla. Place the prepared custard cups or the flan pan in a shallow roasting pan on an oven rack. Pour egg mixture into the custard cups or pan. Pour hot tap water into the roasting pan around the cups or pan to a depth of about 1/2 inch.
- Bake dessert in a 325 degree F oven about 35 minutes for custard cups (45 minutes for flan pan) or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
- To serve, unmold the flan by loosening the edges with a knife. Slip the end of knife down the sides of cup or pan to let in air. Carefully invert a dessert plate over a custard cup (or serving platter over pan); turn dishes over together to release custard. Spoon any of the caramelized sugar that remains in cup or pan on top. Serve with Raspberry Sauce or Hot Chocolate Sauce. If you like, garnish with fresh raspberries and mint sprigs. Makes 6 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
Test Kitchen Tip:
To make chocolate sauce ahead, prepare sauce. Cover; chill up to 5 days. Reheat slowly in a heavy saucepan, or transfer to a microwave-safe bowl; cook on 100 percent power (high) 30 to 60 seconds; stir.
Hot Chocolate Sauce
- In a heavy small saucepan, melt semisweet chocolate pieces, and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar; gradually stir in evaporated milk. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently on low 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat. Cool slightly. Makes bout 1-1/2 cups.
- In a food processor or blender, combine red raspberries or frozen and thawed red raspberries or strawberries or frozen and thawed unsweetened strawberries, and sugar. Cover and process or blend until mixture is smooth. Strain sauce and discard seeds. Cover and chill until serving time or up to 5 days. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.
Nutrition Facts (Amazing Creme Caramel)
- Per serving:
- 350 kcal cal.,
- 19 g fat
- 257 mg chol.,
- 84 mg sodium,
- 37 g carb.,
- 0 g fiber,
- 8 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet