27 March 2013

French Dessert: Flan aux Oeufs (Low Fat, Gluten Free)

One of my best childhood dessert memories is mum's home made "Flan aux Oeufs". It's similar to a Crème Caramel but without the caramel (so has less calories). What I like most about this dessert is that it is very simple: only 3 main ingredients are required. Everybody have milk, sugar and eggs at home so you won't need to run to the grocery store with a list of things impossible to find to be able to make this dessert.

Home made crème or flan are so much healthier: less sugar, no fat, no preservative, no GELATINE! 

Ingredients
  • 3 farm fresh eggs
  • 500ml of (skim) milk
  • 80 g raw sugar (less processed than refined white sugar)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence  
I used 3 eggs, not 4 sorry! 
  Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring until small bubbles form at edge of pan. 
  3. Whisk eggs in a bowl.
  4. Remove milk from heat and add to the omelette like mixture slowly, stirring constantly. Tip: if the eggs start to solidify whisk for a few minutes.
  5. Divide between small oven proof dishes or verse into a larger baking dish.
  6. Place dishes in a large baking dish or deep tray and pour boiling water into tray until halfway up the sides of the smaller dishes. 
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until set. 
  8. Set aside to cool. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Heat the milk with sugar and vanilla essence
While the milk and sugar cooks, whisk the eggs in a bowl
The kitchen in my new home 
Add water and place in the oven for 45 minutes

Serve very cold!


Bon appetit! 



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