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Bittersweet Chocolate Flan

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 30 mins Stand 10 mins Bake 325°F 45 mins Chill 6 hrs to 24 hrs
Bittersweet Chocolate Flan
Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 8  ounces  bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4  cups  milk
  • 8  eggs
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  •  Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a heavy 10-inch skillet heat 3/4 cup sugar over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking the skillet occasionally for even melting. Do not stir. When sugar starts to melt, reduce heat to low; cook about 5 minutes more or until all sugar is melted and golden brown, stirring with a wooden spoon. Immediately pour melted sugar into a 9-inch round cake pan*; tilt to coat the entire bottom of the pan. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.

2. In a large heavy saucepan heat and stir chocolate over low heat until melted. Gradually whisk in milk; heat and stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat; set aside.

3. In a large bowl lightly beat eggs. Whisk the warm chocolate mixture, the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, and the cinnamon into eggs. Pour chocolate mixture into cake pan. Place cake pan in a roasting pan. Place roasting pan on rack in oven. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan around cake pan to a depth of 1 inch.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully remove cake pan from water. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours.

5. To unmold, run a sharp knife around edges of flan in pan. Invert a serving plate over pan; turn pan and plate over together. Remove pan. If desired, garnish with pomegranate seeds. Makes 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Note:
  • Be sure to use a pan that is 2 inches deep. A pan with that is 1-1/2 inches deep will not hold all of the egg mixture.
  • Briefly warm the cake pan in the oven so the caramel mixture spreads over the bottom more easily.
Nutrition Facts (Bittersweet Chocolate Flan)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 282,
  • Fat, total (g) 12,
  • chol. (mg) 148,
  • sat. fat (g) 6,
  • carb. (g) 39,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 37,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (IU) 292,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 20,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 80,
  • Potassium (mg) 266,
  • calcium (mg) 121,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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