Cook 1 cup sugar in a 9-inch round cake pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until sugar melts and turns golden brown. Remove pan from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. (Sugar will harden.)
Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
Process egg whites, cream cheese, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a blender until smooth. Add 2 cups egg yolk mixture, and process until smooth. Stir egg white mixture into remaining egg yolk mixture until blended. Pour custard over caramelized sugar in pan.
Place cake pan in a large shallow pan. Add hot water to large pan to depth of one-third up sides of cake pan.
Bake at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted into center of flan comes out clean. Remove pan from water; cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Cover and chill 4 hours to 2 days.
Run a knife around edge of flan to loosen; invert onto a serving plate. (Once inverted, the flan will take about 30 seconds to slip from the pan. Be sure to use a serving plate with a lip to catch the extra caramel sauce.)
I made this for Christmas for the first time and it was everyones favorite! So delicious and pretty easy to make and it looks beautiful! I have made it two more times and it's always a hit with everyone. I'm saving this in my "Favorite recipies of all time" catagory.
I have made this recipe three times since I first read it less than a month ago! The first time, took it to a dinner party. What a hit! Then made it for a Chrsitmas houseguest - who asked that I make it again before she left. This is now a tried and true member of my recipe list. Easy. Foolproof. I used a very old cake pan, 9", and it was done in 49 minutes. The second time, sam. The 3rd time, I accidentally cooked it 60 minutes and it was noticeably dryer.
I brought this to a New Year's Eve party and everyone raved--it made me the food star of the evening! The sugar burns very easily--watch carefully when preparing. I'm making it again for a dinner party this weekend. Love it!
I would give this 10 stars if I could. I was very skeptical about the cream cheese as I had never seen a flan recipe with that ingredient. My daughter and I made this for Christmas Eve dinner (dessert) and couldn't have been more pleased. Everyone at the table absolutely loved it. 3 of us had seconds. I'm making it for New Years Eve. Another great Southern Living recipe.
Unbelievably good! Minor corrections though, it takes far more than 5 minutes to melt the sugar and it must be stirred constantly at low to medium heat. Also the sugar will have just melted to a liquid carmel when it starts to darken and should be removed right away. My first batch burnt and I had to start anew. It is very rich so cut very small slices. However, I removed it from the pan in front of the guests explaining what the carmel would do and it was met with cheers and pleasure. It is a dramatic dessert.