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Pumpkin Flan With Caramel-Anise Syrup

RANDY MAYOR
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups Pumpkin Pureé or canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Star anise (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 164
  • caloriesfromfat 11 %
  • fat 2 g
  • satfat 0.8 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 3.5 g
  • carbohydrate 33.4 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 58 mg
  • iron 0.9 mg
  • sodium 118 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine granulated sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan, and cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until golden, stirring gently. Immediately stir in anise extract; pour into a 6 1/2-cup metal ring mold coated with cooking spray, tipping quickly until caramelized sugar coats bottom of pan. Set aside.

  3. Combine Pumpkin Pureé and brown sugar in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Add cornstarch and next 5 ingredients (cornstarch through egg white); process until smooth. Add milk, rum, and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour into mold, and cover with foil. Place mold in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch.

  4. Bake flan at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove mold from pan, and cool, uncovered, on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

  5. Loosen edge of flan with a knife or rubber spatula. Place a plate upside down on top of mold; invert flan onto plate. Drizzle any remaining caramelized syrup over flan. Garnish with star anise, if desired.

  6. Note: If you don't have a 6 1/2-cup ring mold, substitute a 9-inch round cake pan.

  7. Note: Anise extract can be found in the spice section of your local supermarket.