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Bake This: Eggnog Leche Flan

December 24, 2016

Ah, eggnog: the undying Western Christmas drink born from eggs, sugar, and cream. (And if you’re a bit naughty, some alcohol.) Locally, these three ingredients share the core components of another holiday favorite: leche flan.

It only makes sense to combine these two holiday treats into one baked custard. In this recipe, we condense the flavors of the eggnog into a flan. Throwing in nutmeg and alcohol to the flan adds nuttiness and spice typical of eggnog.eggnog_3The custard retains the smoothness you’d expect with leche flan. Baking it at a low temperature ensures that stray air bubbles don’t ruin your smooth flan. Cooking at a higher heat, along with whisking the egg mixture, causes those unsightly bubbles; so, steer clear of the whisk and keep your oven at a low setting for the smoothest flan.

Serve this impressive dessert with a slick of torched brandy to impress your guests at dinner—because flambéed desserts clamor to entertain. Add a dollop of whipped cream with the custard to mimic the frothy texture of eggnog.

I personally enjoy eating this one cold as the thick custard tastes best straight from the fridge. But have it any way you prefer.


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Eggnog Leche Flan

Yield: 4 llaneras
Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 500ml milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 400ml cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 eggs
  • 350g white sugar
  • 60ml brandy
  • 60ml rum
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup brandy, for flambé
  • whipped cream, optional
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Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 170˚C or 150˚C if fan forced.
  2. Caramelize 100g of sugar and pour into llanera making sure the entire bottom is coated.
  3. Scald milk, nutmeg, vanilla and half the sugar.
  4. In another bowl, mix the following: cream, eggs, egg yolk, rest of the sugar, brandy and rum together.
  5. Temper hot milk and egg, sugar mixture.
  6. Bake in a bain marie in oven till set which means it barely jiggles in the middle.
  7. Remove from oven and chill for at least six hours.
  8. Unmold on the serving plate and drench with more brandy or rum. But if you want to make a statement, heat up brandy in a metal ladle and light on fire. Pour lit up booze on the flan and serve.
Bernice Escobar SEE AUTHOR Bernice Escobar

Bernice loves to get nerdy about food and making people hungry. In her free time, she attempts to play with her anti-social cat and fantasizes about all things sweet.

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