Yep, I’ve gone MAD!!!
As if it wasn’t difficult enough to do a “Flan” that doesn’t get destroyed when trying to take it out of the mould, I’ve decided to make it even more difficult by making “miniature flans” to decorate my cupcakes.
Flan, as far as I’ve read online, was first invented in the Roman Empire and became really popular in Spain in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it’s a MUST in any fixed-daily-menu restaurant in our country. It’s usually served with whipped cream.
However, this Project made my heart beat so fast as I was taking the flans out their moulds that I thought I was going to collapse!!! Actually, since I came up with this idea, I’ve found it difficult to sleep… I couldn’t stop picturing myself in the middle of the kitchen with a cupcake on my hand and rest of the flans all over the floor!!!
But it didn’t happen so…
This is the process I followed:
Firstly, I went to Lorey (an AMAZING shop for Kitchen utilities) and bought 2 mini moulds for flans (I also bought a big one, so that I didn’t have to throw away the rest of the flan mixture… and I ended up buying a Cupcake carrier-tray and some cookie cutters… I just couldn’t resist!!!)
Then I cooked the Flans.
I used my grandma’s recipe. Her flans are just AMAZING!!! Delicious!!!!
(Note: I didn’t make the liquid caramel myself, as I’m always scared of burning my hands… so I used caramel syrup… but don’t tell my grandma… she would kill me!!!)
Ingredients for the flan:
- 2 glasses of milk (around 450ml)
- 3 eggs
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
Put the milk, sugar and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring it to boil. As soon as it starts to boil, take it off the heat and leave it to infuse until it’s cool.
Beat the eggs and, once the milk+sugar+cinnamon mixture is cool, add them to the mixture.
In the meantime, pour the caramel syrup into the moulds (just the amount needed to cover them with a thin layer of caramel).
Then, add the previous mixture on top using a strainer. I used two mini moulds for the cupcakes and did a big Flan with the rest of it.
Place the moulds in a deep roasting tin and fill with water so it comes halfway up the outside of the ramekin dishes. Bake them until set (the big one took 30 mins… but the small ones took much less time… I had to check constantly).
Leave them to cool as long as they need to set (I let them overnight, just to be safe!!!).
For the batter, I used my basic vanilla cupcakes recipe:
- 100 gr. butter
- 100 gr. flour
- 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
- 100 gr. Sugar
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 2 eggs
Then I prayed and prayed that the flans had set… then I grabbed one cupcake and a mini flan (still in its mould) with one hand and shook it violently once. Nothing happened. I shook it again and “FLOP”, the flan wasn’t stuck to the mould anymore. I removed the mould and… there it was… my first Flan Cupcake!!!
(You can see my big flan on the background)
Well, I’m so happy this recipe was successful… it was really hard work!!!
I hope you try it at home. They’re delicious!!
More recipes coming soon! (And wish me luck this weekend… my boyfriend’s mates are visiting… I’ll try to bake some cupcakes while preventing them from destroying the flat! Haha)