Cooking with friends seems like a long forgotten luxury. Nowadays the only ‘activity’ friends seem to do together is to start a whatsapp group about the activity they want to start together. Soon that group becomes yet another place to share multitudinous jokes and ‘deeply personal’ stories telling us how to live life (from a friend of a friend of a friend).
However, I got lucky. A few months ago a friend from Bolivia offered to have us over for a flan making date. Every group of friends has a unique dynamic. We have a very effective COO, a therapist, the creative and the one who single handedly brings up the fitness quotient of the group. When you get together to cook a meal, you can safely establish that the group has now moved to the ‘intimate’ friends category. But when your kids join your date, you’ve officially become family (cringing right now at the risk of sounding like the #fambam #friendslikefamily posts I see these days)
Prep time: 20 m, cook time: 1 h, serves 6
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or 1.5 cup evaporated milk. Alternately, simmer 3 1/4 cups of regular milk down until it becomes 1.5 cup.
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in colour. Move the saucepan around very gentle to prevent lumps from being formed at this stage. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes. Let cool completely.
- To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.
Chef’s tip: To make sure that the sides of the flan do not cook faster than the centre of the flan, set the baking dish (with the mixture) into a water bath where the pan is filled halfway up the sides of the baking dish.