Creme Caramel | Flan

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I have always written very long posts for almost all my milestone posts on this blog. I have celebrated the blog birthdays, and then each time I achieved a number of posts on the blog, etc. Of late, I stopped celebrating. It started to make no sense to me. Should I say that they started to mean nothing to me? As this post goes live, the blog has completed 6 years old. I should have posted day before yesterday, but I wasn’t in a mood to clog up the posts on the blog. I wanted to give the posts some time, and myself some time too…

 

Last year was a fight of sorts. I fought to keep my spirit of blogging. I fought to keep going. There were so many reasons to it. I started the blog as a diary of recipes for myself, and then it slowly became an outlet to my thoughts. Even when the thoughts ceased, I still continued to post since I had so much to post in my drafts. I can say confidently even now that I have drafts to finish. But unlike before, I am in no hurry. I can’t take the pressure anymore. I wanted to ease myself. From blogging 243 posts in 2016 to 227 posts in 2017 to 164 posts last year, I have slowly and steadily bought down my pace. This year, I am slowing down further, and you may have already started noticing it in the number of posts done this month. There are so many reasons to it…

 

Blogging is no longer a passion for many. It has become a business. There are so many who are earning handsome amounts in the form of advertisements and endorsement, and what not. SEO, hits, sessions – it is becoming more and more technical than I would like it to be. There was a time when blogging was more about interaction, about camaraderie. Now, it is no longer that way. Comments are seen as a way of pushing up your Google rankings rather than interaction with your readers or fellow bloggers. Each post has to be tagged and re-tagged with God knows how many things so that it can appear on the first page when somebody searches of Google. Believe me, I still don’t understand the “funda”…

 

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Moreover, blogging has become an expensive outlet too. From maintaining a blog to the props to whatever is used, it involves a lot of dollars and is literally draining the pocket. I can’t say I have succeeded, but last year has been more of a control year for me. I have stopped buying props thoughtlessly. A little clean up made me realize how much I had that I hadn’t even used! I have started cooking more with whatever I have and not buying ingredients that I won’t use frequently and may end up expiring. I have just started being more mindful, that’s all… As times are not very favorable, and a lot of things are getting tough. So it is best to tighten up the noose than suffer at a later stage.Β  I guess many of you would agree on this… πŸ™‚

 

My blog has never grown from where it had begun. It is very much stagnant, and sometimes to my agony, it even moves down. I sometimes wonder why do I even keep it going, but then, like I have always maintained, it is the intrinsic factors that pushes me to not give up on it. Each email I get, each DM I get when I post about recipes or my general life on my Instagram stories, each positive comment I get on posts on social media… they all play an important role in why I am still continuing. It just shows that money is not everything. There is something called emotion and thought, and it defines a lot… πŸ™‚

 

So I have decided, I may keep going on, but at a much lesser pace and a calmer mind. There is no competition going on. There is no hurry to move on. I will still stick to participating in challenges that I am a part ofΒ  and also try new recipes, since I feel that something new always nourishes the soul…

 

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So I guess I leave my chatters aside and move on to what is for today… Creme Caramel, Creme Custard, Flan – call it any name but it is one and the same. An eggy pudding, steamed or baked to perfection, firmly placed in a pool of saucy caramel… Who doesn’t like it? This is one of my girls’ most favorite dessert, however I would never get it right. I have no account of how many times I have failed making this. From trying to make it with just eggs and milk to whatever combinations possible, the one I am sharing is the one that has FINALLY worked for me.Β Whenever I have told anybody that my caramel pudding wouldn’t set, I would get very odd looks. “How can you mess up with such an easy pudding?” πŸ˜• Somehow it has never been friendly to me. I got all sorts of tips from many of my relatives. I am planning to slowly try other versions too, from the confidence this one has given me, hehe…

 

I can’t express the trepidation I had from start to the finish, when the pudding was plopped onto the plate in one piece, and the caramel just floating around it. It was a truly eureka moment.Β I have used cream and evaporated milk to make my creme caramel, which makes it extremely smooth and silky, with a very rich flavor and texture. I know that these ingredients are not so readily available in some places, so I am hell bound to try and make the milk+egg pudding a success, InShaAllah… I hope I can share that soon… πŸ™‚ Till then I will leave this one with you…

 

Oh, by the way, just like the blog baby turned 6, our second human baby turned eight yesterday. I don’t have words to say about her. When compared to Rasha, Azza is pretty “bossy” and wouldn’t take anybody’s word. As she is growing, she is getting a way bit difficult to handle. But when she is in a good mood, she is the best person she can be. I guess the youngest one always tends to get carried away a bit. And the eldest one stays in jealousy mood all through out life. πŸ˜€ Here’s wishing her the best the Allah can give and a blissful life ahead… I guess now I will finally move to the recipe… hehe…

 

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Creme Caramel | Flan

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • FOR CARAMEL:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • FOR CUSTARD:
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 x 170 gm can of evaporated milk
  • 100 gm fresh cream

Instructions

  • Keep 6 ramekins ready.
  • To prepare the caramel, add the sugar into a saucepan and sprinkle the water.
  • Keep on low flame, swirling the pan occasionally till the sugar melts and becomes amber color. Do not stir! It will burn quickly, so switch off as soon as the dark color is achieved.
  • Immediately distribute equally into the prepared ramekins.
  • In a large bowl, break the eggs and whisk well along with the sugar and vanilla, till the sugar is melted. Use your hands and balloon whisk for this process.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the evaporated milk and cream and whisk well. Scald the mixture - only heat, do not boil!
  • Now slowly pour this mixture into the beaten eggs while simultaneously whisking it to avoid the egg from curdling. Beat well for a couple of minutes.
  • Strain the mixture. Divide equally into the ramekins.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place the ramekins into a larger pan and pour boiling water halfway to the ramekin.
  • Bake for 25 minutes till the top looks set. Switch off the oven and leave it for 10 minutes.
  • Take out the ramekins from the pan and let it come to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours till set.
  • To serve, run a knife on the edges of the ramekin. Reverse on a plate and slowly tap for it to fall off. Pour the caramel. If the caramel is stuck to the ramekin, slightly warm it till the caramel melts and pour over the custard. Enjoy!

 

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  1. Mabrook dear… eager to see more interesting recipes up😍😍

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Niloufer… πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations dear!!! MashaAllah 6years is gr8 with lots of post!! Ireally love ua spirit and ua an inspiration for many so pls don’t give ul! The flan looks so creamy and dreamy def tryung this😍😍

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Shazia… πŸ™‚

  3. It turned out really great! Well done πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie… πŸ™‚

  4. 5 stars

    Many congrats Rafeeda!!
    6 years and those number of recipes every year??!! Hats off!!! You are an inspiration for lot of bloggers and I am sure you will always be!! I used to wonder how you manage to post those number of recipes, when i struggle to do atleast once in a week!! (lazzy me!!)
    Keep up the good spirit dear!!
    By the way….. that flan look soo yummm πŸ˜‹

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I hadn’t felt it much tougher earlier but now it does feel so, therefore I guess the way going forward is slowing down so that I don’t stress myself… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much dear…

  5. Rafee, pls do post ur yummy recipes ..don’t lose heart dear, the biggest happiness is to prepare and serve with our family many new recipes which otherwise we wouldn’t have given a try if there wasn’t a blogging platform(to me this holds true).. I too was in a hurry in the initial years of blogging to post more frequently but gradually did I realize that its more of a passion than a job to finish by deadline..so its good to slow down a little and to post at your own pace, Keep up the good work… the flan looks mouthwatering, happy blog anniversary !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The problem is now that my family is not very keen on eating anything new, and I am not keen on cooking as well… hehe… anyway, I know it is a passing phase and it will all finish… Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Julie…

  6. Flan looks delicious Radeeda!! Congrats for clmpleting6 urs of blogging.. wishing you many more to come..loved your whole write-up

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati…

  7. 4 stars
    I won’t be surprised to 10 years of your blogging and I hope I will come by even that time to take part in your joyful moments. I understand when you talk about the current scenarios in blogging but it may just be one perspective. Your audience is yours and they will be with you as long as you feed them what they love. There are so many blogs that are not even on self-domain but yet very successful. So don’t underestimate your work comparing to current bloggers. You do you because to us you are and always will be the superwoman πŸ˜› Whether you post 1 to 30 or 365, no one can be you or The Big Sweet Tooth!

    The younger ones are always the smarter ones! πŸ˜›

    The creme caramel is the only fancy dessert my mom makes with eggs and milk. I made this only once at my inlaws with my mom’s guidance over phone and it came out perfect! Never attempted again πŸ˜€ Yours looks perfect! It is so soft and you can finish it off in seconds πŸ˜› Keep this blog alive for yourself… please.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      πŸ™‚ I have no words to say… I have no plans to bury this blog, at least not in the near future… hehe… Thank you so much Fami…

  8. Wow, The creme Caramel looks so irresistible and tempting.I an drooling over your pics. Beautifully presented.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  9. Congratulations on your blogversary. Wishing you many more wonderful years here. The fllan looks super yumm.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  10. Congratulations to you….even mine is also 6 years…I never do competition it’s just a passion and learning new things and skills… you are inspiration to many… keep going…flan has turned out yumm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely words Amrita…

  11. 5 stars
    Congratulations Rafeeda. The flan looks absolutely scrumptious. I wanna grab it whole.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lata…

  12. I hear you girl! But such are the ways of the world now.
    Anyhow, big congrats for this milestone. Each and every post counts and is the labor of our love. So celebrate each one of them and wishing you manyyyy more years of happy blogging and sharing πŸ™‚
    Love and Hugs

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We kind of live with it, right? Thank you Taruna… πŸ™‚

  13. Your creme caramel looks purrfect and it is one of my favorite firang dessert to have πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I guess we all love it… πŸ™‚

  14. Kalpana Sareesh says:

    I hear you completely, but we do this for the love of cooking, food.. So just keep rocking it.. BTW this is a perfect looking flan and id love to dig in..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalpana…

  15. Beautifully shot Sweets

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Tuma…

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