Piñon Flan with Red Chile Caramel Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Latin American
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Serves: 6
 
Flan is a traditional Mexican custard dessert that has been adopted by all parts of the Southwest. This version is flavored with two other native Southwestern ingredients: piñon nuts and red chile.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 31⁄2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon New Mexican red chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 cup whole shelled piñon nuts
Instructions
  1. Place 1 cup sugar and 2⁄3 cups water in a heavy saucepan and, over a low heat, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat and boil until the mix is a light brown. Reduce the heat and simmer until the syrup is an amber color, swirling the pan occasionally to push any crystals back in the syrup.
  2. Allow to cool slightly and pour evenly into six warmed custard cups so that this caramel sauce coats them.
  3. Scald the milk and vanilla bean. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove the vanilla bean.
  4. Beat the eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, chile powder and rum together until foamy. Whisk in the the remaining sugar and the piñons. Gradually add the milk, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour the mixture into the custard cups. Place the cups in a pan with enough hot water to come half-way up the sides of the cups.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until a thin knife inserted halfway between the center and the edge of the custard comes out clean.
  7. To serve, run a thin knife around the outside of the cup and invert the custard onto a dish. The piñon nuts should be on top. Let the custard sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to set before serving.
Recipe by Burn Blog at http://www.burn-blog.com/3202/celebrate-mexicos-colorful-cuisine-culture-on-cinco-de-mayo/