Juan’s Flan the Easy Way
I once had a Spanish restaurant called Café Sevilla.
We made Flan from scratch then but I’m too old and
tired to do anything the hard way when there is an
easy way available. The easy way to make Flan is to
buy the box and just add your own personal monkey
business to it………and this is mine. Various
companies make the Instant Mix…….e.g.:
Flan is just Flan but you can be creative with it and
make it something more.
I like to put Fruit in and around mine and add extra
1. A box of Instant Flan Mix
3. Fruit……..I like Berries &
4. Caramel and Butterscotch
Topping……I like Smucker’s
5. Mint Leaves for Garnish
6. 8 Custard Dishes
7. Apple Juice
8. A can of Whipped Cream
Hoard some nice goodies
Squirt a good little pile of the Caramel into little
Most of the Instant Mix boxes come with a little
packet of Caramel Syrup which you add to the
Topping. But be careful and read the instructions at
the store to be sure if you want it. I know of at least
one brand which requires that you buy the Caramel
separately. Otherwise, just use the Topping in the
You can use something like a muffin pan if you have
to but later it is much harder to get the Flan out intact
and pretty. You are much better off with the little
I put the Custard dishes in an oven pan and pour hot
water around them to melt and blend the
Caramel……….you can just put the Muffin Pan in
the oven for a few minutes to do this.
When it cools a little, I roll the Cups around at a
slight angle to make the Caramel stick to the sides.
Now pour the Milk (usually 2 cups but follow the
instructions on the box) in a Sauce Pan.
Bring it to a boil.
Dump in the
packet of Flan Mix.
Beat the pie-whacky out of it.
Bring it to a boil again and cut off the
fire……………….careful, don’t let it boil over if
you don’t want to clean up a big mess.
Pour it into a pitcher so you won’t make a mess when
you pour it into the cups. I find that, overall, I’m
happier when I don’t make a mess.
Sometimes I like Black or Raspberries.
Sometimes, Strawberries or Cherries are
nice…………even Grapes. The berries are like the
little prizes we used to get in Crackerjacks boxes
when I was a kid.
The first guest to find one gets to throw it at any
other guest of their choosing.
Pour in the Flan.
And put it all in the Fridge.
At my first elementary school, there was a
Persimmon tree and a Pear tree behind the baseball
diamond screen. We enjoyed climbing the trees and
getting pucker mouth from the persimmons that
weren't ripe yet. We also liked to gorge ourselves on
the pears and have diarrhea later.
As much fun as that was, I still like Pears.
Core the Pears or Apples and pour a little apple Juice
in a pan.
Cook the pears or Apples for just enough time to
soften them ever so slightly. The kind with the Red
skin is, of course the prettiest.
And after the Flan has chilled and become firm,
comes the moment of truth.
Cover a cup of Flan with a saucer and then turn it
over. I forgot: you cloud run a knife around the edge
first and this is especially important if you used a
muffin pan. The idea is to have the Flan plop out
intact on the plate. If you were dumb and used the
muffin pan, you will have to try to dump the whole
thing on a cookie sheet first and then try to scoop
each one up without dropping it on your shoe.
Arrange the Pears, and whatever other nice little thing
you have, around the flan and squirt it all with some
Butterscotch Topping or some Whipped
Decorate all with some Mint Leaves and beware of
Beggars hangin’ around your kitchen door.