Thursday, January 14, 2016

A New Dessert for Us

I see my header photo is already out  of date..  Today the last of the snow in the shade will be gone before another cold front arrives.  DH likes it when the soft  wet ground freezes and stays frozen.  It makes his navigating the farm much easier.  We now have new mud tires for the rear of the feeding truck (it never ends......) so that will help too.

I am waiting for a repairman to call.  My ice maker on the very new Samsung is not working.......I have learned my lesson and it is under an extended warranty until 2018!.  You have to buy them  with these new  throw-away-appliances.

It forced me to clean out the bottom freezer and I found  diced pieces of apples and bags of peelings.  I have them cooked down and will be making apple jelly soon.  Also found my last bag of strawberries and will do the same with it.


Over the holidays I made a dessert especially for  our Honduran SIL.  It was Spanish Caramel Flan.  Turns out we all liked it very much.  It is a simple easy to make dessert.  I made it for us again yesterday.

It should be made way ahead, even the day before because it needs to be well-chilled and set.

Spanish Flan
Preheat oven 350°

The slowest and most tedious part is making the caramel syrup to pour into the baking dish.  It is very easy to burn so err on the side of very light brown not dark brown and pour quickly because it will keep cooking.  If too dark will taste scorched.

Spanish Flan

1 cup sugar

Melt slowly in saucepan and cook until dissolved and then let slowly turn golden brown.  Do not leave the stove!!!

Immediately pour into dish  and turn to coat bottom and  sides.

Let cool 15 minutes.  While cooling make filling:


Pour into blender:

l can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz size)
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
pinch of salt.

Blend for 3 minutes

Pour into dish (with caramel glaze)

Bake in preheated 350° oven in water bath.

Some recipes don't call for a water bath but I always do with a custard type dessert.  When cooled completely invert onto serving plate  so the caramel sauce which is now more liquid runs down sides.


I added coconut  to the blender for this last one and it was delicious.


  1. Replies
    1. It is now more desserts for a while.

  2. Sounds wonderful, looks wonderful!

    1. It was tasty. I wish the recipe were smaller.....wonder if I could downsize it?

  3. Oh my, that looks and sounds delicious!

    Have a nice weekend dear Glenda ~ Love & hugs to you and your DH ~ FlowerLady

    1. Thank you. Weekend is here and it is cold! I will be staying inside.

  4. Glenda,

    Spanish Flan is delicious, I make it often. It reminds me of living in Spain as a kid. My husband begs me to make it, and of course I must spoil him :-)

    1. Spoil away. I consider it a 'healthy' dessert because of the eggs.

  5. Those are beautiful. We had flan in a Mexican restaurant many years ago that was much like that. Your new header picture is gorgeous, with the snow fresh on the tree and the Cardinal perched within. I was doing dishes yesterday and noticed a Cardinal in the Honeysuckle vine just outside the window. He seemed to be "looking in". I love the birds, as I know you do. We have lots of Robins and Cardinals, certain times of year there are Scissortails, House Wrens, Goldfinches and an occasional Bluebird. I could do without the Mockingbirds, Bluejays and Common Sparrows, but I guess they do their share of bug control.

  6. I share your feelings especially with Blue Jays I resent when they eat my sunflower seeds and then I remind myself they have to eat too! Also we have zero control over them. I have a Caroline Wren eating at the window this year which is a first, black capped chickadees, Purple Finches, American Gold Finches, Cardinals, and White Crowned Sparrows....Juncos and doves are the ground feeders.

  7. The flan does look wonderful...almost as good as your header, Glenda!...:)JP

  8. I have never had flan but always thought it looked tasty. I'll have to try this recipe. I love seeing the cardinal in your pretty header photo. They are bright spots of color these wintry days. We had about 2 1/2 inches of snow yesterday, the most we've had so far this winter. I'm ready for spring! :) Enjoy your week!