The addition of cream cheese gives this flan a firm texture similar to creamy cheesecake.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large egg whites
3 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
Mint leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine brown sugar and water in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook until sugar dissolves and is golden (about 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Immediately pour into 2 (8-inch) cake pans, tipping quickly until caramelized sugar coats bottoms of pans.
Combine the granulated sugar and the next 5 ingredients (granulated sugar through cream cheese) in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Add milks, stirring until well-blended.
Divide mixture evenly between prepared cake pans. Place pans in a jelly-roll pan; add hot water to baking pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove pans from water. Cover and chill 3 hours.
Loosen edges of flan with a knife or rubber spatula. Place a large plate, upside down, on top of each pan; invert onto plates. Drizzle any remaining caramelized syrup over flans. Cut each into 8 wedges. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
Made this for a Cuban theme dinner party for my husbands Jan 1st birthday for 30 guests. Everyone loved it. One guest said, this is awesome, it's the best flan I've ever eaten". Others thought I bought it from one of our local Cuban restaurants, and couldn't beleive it was homemade. Easy to make for any occasion. Will make again and again!
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