Some people go CRAY over chocolate desserts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed people lose it over chocolate. It’s like a cartoon when the eyes pop our from their heads. I totally get why it’s an aphrodisiac. Personally, I get that excited when there’s flan. Not chocolate-excited, but pretty damn excited. Now I know many countries have their own rendition of the jiggly dessert, however, in my humble opinion Filipino leche flan is the BEST. Not biased or anything it’s just that the texture and flavor is just how I like it: thick&creamy.
At a good Filipino party, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of food prepared for the guests. You could go around the table getting a little bit of everything and somehow manage to not have room for everything, forcing you to get a second plate. It happens to the best of us. The strange thing is that the same phenomenon happens when you go back for dessert. Usually there will be trays and trays of Pinoy delicacies including my personal favorite, leche flan.
I’m really picky when it comes to desserts, I know exactly what I like and don’t like. Which is why at most parties I pass on the dessert because I know they’re all going to be pretty crappy. So when I see something I like I get excited but trust me it doesn’t happen often. Flan is one of those things that excites me because though I know how to make it, it’s incredibly indulgent so I don’t make it often. When it’s made right, you won’t want more than just a little sliver because it’s incredibly sweet and thick.
When making flan take the time to make sure the caramel is the right consistency, beating the mixture thoroughly – NO EGG WHITES SHOWING, and strain the mixture. These three steps will give you the dense creamy texture we all want but never achieve.
If you don’t have molds you can get these custard molds from Amazon, I find that these are better for getting the cute trapezoid shape. Otherwise, you can always bake it in a small baking dish and placing that in the larger one. It’s all about presentation at this point. Leche flan is eaten by itself or served on icy desserts like Halo-Halo. I like making flan for dinner parties. It’s always funny when everyone says they’re too full but somehow the flan disappears when I’m not looking. Guys, there’s no shame in loving flan.