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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

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

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