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Chocolate Flan with Kahl˙a
(Flan de Chocolate con Kahl˙a)
Classic Home Desserts
by Richard Sax, 1994, Chapters Publishing Ltd.
chocolate is native to Central America and was used by the Aztecs
centuries, combining it with a dessert from the Spanish settlers makes
this smooth custard, caramel and chocolate mingle to give a
double-edged flavor. Mexican chocolate includes cinnamon and
you can approximate its flavor with semisweet
directed below. This recipe is from Rick and Deann Bayless..."
Serves 10 or
cups half-and-half, or 1 1/2 cups milk
plus 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 3-ounce tablets Mexican
chocolate (see note)
7 ounces semisweet
very finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Kahl˙a or
other coffee liqueur
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1. Set out 10 small custard cups, plus a roasting pan large enough to
Caramel: Combine the sugar and water in a small, heavy saucepan.
to a boil over medium heat, washing down the sides of the pan
with a brush
dipped in water, until the sugar completely dissolves.
Continue to cook,
without stirring, until the syrup turns an even,
deep amber color, about
8 minutes; the timing can vary.
Working carefully, divide the caramel among the custard cups,
the cups to coat the bottom and sides. Set the caramelized cups in
Custard: Pour the half-and-half or milk and cream mixture and the
into a large saucepan. Add the chocolate, cinnamon stick and
to a simmer over medium heat, cover and set aside to
steep for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
with a rack in the center.
5. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, Kahl˙a, vanilla and
extracts. Slowly beat
in the hot milk mixture. Strain through a
sieve into a pitcher
or large measuring cup; discard the
Pour the mixture into
the caramelized molds,
Place the roasting pan on the center rack of the oven. Pour in
hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the cups. Loosely
the pan with foil. Bake just until the custards are set but still
wobbly in the center, usually 20 to 25 minutes; do not overbake.
Remove the custards from the water bath. Refrigerate until they are
well chilled, at least 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap.
To unmold the custards, run the tip of a knife gently around the
of each custard cup. Place a serving plate over the mold and invert
the two, shaking gently until the flan slips out. Spoon any remaining
the flan and serve immediately.
Mexican Ibarra chocolate is available at many specialty stores and
by mail order from Dean & Deluca, 560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
212.226.6800. Write or call for information.
[Mexican Ibarra chocolate is now available from several online
sources as well.]
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