Category: World Cuisine

How To Make Easy Baked Flan

Flan or creme caramel is a famous French dessert. The main ingredients are sugar, eggs, and milk. Others call this dessert caramel custard because the custard is topped with caramel sauce.

Ingredients:

• 5 eggs
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup milk
• 1 x 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
• 2/3 cup white sugar

Instructions:

This recipe takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. It makes 8 servings.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Set a non-stick, small saucepan over medium heat.
Add 2/3 cup of white sugar and heat it.
Shake and swirl the pan to evenly distribute the sugar until it dissolves.
When it starts to brown, lift the pan and continue to swirl until sugar caramelizes.
Transfer to a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Swirl the dish around to distribute the liquid on the bottom evenly.
Set aside.

Prepare a blender.
Add sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Blend on high speed for a minute.
Pour into the baking dish with the caramel.
Place the baking dish into a wider baking dish.
Put it inside the preheated oven and fill the wider dish with about an inch of hot water.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until set.
Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Invert the baking dish onto a plate.
Slice the flan into equal servings.
Enjoy!

How To Make Easy Baked Flan
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GymQgf7BQN4

Cream Puffs (Choux Créme) Recipe

A cream puff, or choux pastry, is a pastry that originated from France. The main ingredients are eggs, flour, and butter. A cream puff appears to be a simple pastry recipe but requires delicate preparation to achieve thick yet smooth pastry cream and a crisp pastry. Cream puffs are perfect for breakfast and afternoon snacks.

Ingredients:

For the Batter:

• 100 ml water
• 3 eggs (beaten)
• 60 grams cake flour
• 60 grams unsalted butter
• Pinch of salt

For the Pastry Cream:

• 400 ml milk
• 4 egg yolks
• 100 grams granulated sugar
• 1/3 vanilla bean pod
• 2 tbsp cake flour
• 2 tbsp cornstarch

For the Whipped Cream:

• 100 ml whipping cream (with 36% fat)
• 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions:

This recipe takes about 90 minutes and makes 12 pieces of cream puffs.

For the Batter:

Preheat oven to 200 C.

Set a pot over a burner.
Add water, unsalted butter, and a pinch of salt.
Switch on the burner to medium heat.
Bring to a boil until butter melts.
When it makes a rolling boil, switch off the heat.
Add cake flour.
Stir well to combine the mixture.
Switch on the burner to medium heat.
Continue stirring the mixture for a few minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture into a medium bowl.
Let it cool for a few minutes.
Add the beaten egg into the mixture in portions.
Mix until well combined.
Put the batter in a piping bag.
Set aside.

Prepare a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
Get a 2-inch diameter cup and dust the edges with flour or cornstarch.
Make 12 circles, which will serve as guides for the batter.
Pipe the batter and form a round shape of about half-inch thick in each guide circle.
Damp your finger with water and lightly press each peak of the batter.
Mist the batter with water.
Place inside the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer the pastries to a plate.
Let them cool completely.
Set aside.

For the Pastry Cream:

Set a pot over low heat.
Add milk.

Cut the vanilla bean pod lengthwise.
Extract the seeds by scraping.
Add it to the pot with milk.
Whisk to combine well.
Once it’s starting to boil, switch off the heat.
Set aside.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat four egg yolks.
Add sugar and continue to whisk until color lightens.

Sift in cake flour and cornstarch to the egg yolk mixture.
Whisk until well combined.
Pour 1/3 of the milk mixture into it.
Whisk to dilute the egg yolk.
Add the remaining milk mixture and continue to whisk to combine well.
Strain the mixture into the same pot used.
Switch to low heat.
Continue stirring the mixture until it thickens.
Once it’s starting to bubble, switch off the heat.
Transfer pastry cream to a tray chilled with ice.
Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap and let it cool.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and lightly mix.

In a separate mixing bowl, add sugar and whipping cream.
Whisk using a handheld electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
Add 2/3 of this mixture to the pastry cream.
You can adjust the amount to be added according to your taste.
Mix until well combined.
Place the mixture inside a pipe bag.

Assembly:

Get the pastries and make a diagonal cut on each, but be careful not to cut it all the way across.
Carefully open the pastry and pipe cream into it.
Do this to all pastries.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the pastries.
Serve and enjoy!

Cream Puffs (Choux Créme) Recipe
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHGO4rvelo

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe | How To Make Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Molten chocolate lava cake is a soft and delicious dessert that originated from France. It’s a combination of chocolate, butter, eggs and flour. Lava cake has a firm outside cake layer but a liquid inside layer – like lava coming out of a volcano. 🙂

Ingredients:

• 6 ramekins/molds
• some butter (for greasing)
• some cocoa powder (for dusting)
• some powdered sugar (for dusting)

• 6 oz dark chocolate (chopped)
• 1/2 cup butter (cubed)
• 3 eggs
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp flour

Instructions:

Prepare six molds or ramekins.
Grease each mold with butter.
Dust each mold with cocoa powder.
Place in the fridge.

Meanwhile, make the batter.
Add chopped dark chocolate and cubed butter into a bowl.
Place it on a double boiler.
Stir until chocolate and butter melt.
Once melted, remove from the double boiler.
Set aside and let it cool for a few minutes.

In a separate mixing bowl, add three eggs and sugar.
Season with salt.
Whisk until the mixture is thick.
Add flour.
Whisk until flour is well incorporated.
Gradually add the chocolate and butter mixture while whisking.
Continue to whisk until well combined.

Remove the molds from the fridge.
Fill each mold with the batter.
Place inside the oven.
Let it bake for 7-9 minutes at 180 C.
Once edges are firm, remove from the oven.
Let it cool for a minute.
Remove the mini cakes from the molds.
Dust each with powdered sugar.
Serve with ice cream.
Enjoy!

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD3ZBBXMn4c