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Individual Amaretto Flans

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 flan)
These make-ahead custards take on a lot of amaretto flavor. Resist the urge to stir the sugar-water mixture, as doing so can cause it to crystallize.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 271
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 6.6 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 6.6 g
  • carbohydrate 45 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 182 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 122 mg
  • calcium 103 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves, and continue cooking 5 minutes or until golden brown (do not stir). Immediately pour into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups or ramekins coated with cooking spray, tipping quickly until caramelized sugar coats bottoms of cups.

  3. Combine 2/3 cup sugar, salt, eggs, and egg yolks in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

  4. Heat milk over medium-high heat in a small, heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Gradually add hot milk to egg mixture, stirring with a whisk. Stir in liqueur. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Divide mixture evenly among prepared custard cups. Place cups in the bottom of a broiler pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until flan centers barely move when custard cups are touched. Remove cups from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

  5. Loosen edges of flans with a knife. Place a dessert plate, upside down, on top of each cup, and invert onto plates.