Chocolate Cinnamon Flan #SundaySupper

9.16.2012


Hola Méjico! Happy Independence Day! We have a celebration and there´s no stopping today´s Sunday Supper table. Our theme is, of course, mexican food and you won´t be able to stop eating and drinking with your eyes. I can guarantee that. Our host today is the wonderful Heather from Girlichef.
Flan is such a traditional dessert here, it was a no brainer when I had to choose a recipe. And chocolate flan made with condensed milk was on my bucket list,  so it was time. A little cinnamon stick to infuse the chocolate milk and I was on my way to end the celebration with a great, custardy, tasty dessert.

Just in case you think making flan is tricky, it´s really not. It´s probably on a lot of people´s bucket list with the likes of macarons and yeast bread. But every trick or fear dissapears once you make it for the first time.
This recipe has been on the back of the can of condensed milk for as long as I can remember. Let´s just say I can remember way back. When I started baking in my early teens, this unctuous milk held a lot of fascination. I still think it´s well deserved, since the texture and taste it adds is unparalleled in some recipes.


I wanted to make this chocolate cinnamon flan with both bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. I think there´s no better combination to get a deep chocolate flavor. First I infused the milk with a cinnamon stick, and then added a good chocolate both in chips and powder form. The amount of cinnamon can be more if you want a stronger taste, or omit the chocolate and you have cinnamon flan...

The caramel lined tube pan sounds complicated to some but it´s a simple idea. The only thing to watch is that you´re working with caramel. Caramel. Unbelievably hot caramel, the way only caramel can be. Otherwise you just melt sugar directly on the tube pan you´re using, wait until it´s a fairly deep amber color, swirl it to coat the whole pan and that´s it. Be sure to wear oven mitts or thick towels, otherwise you´ll burn your hands when swirling the pan. But then, that´s common sense. I sound like a kindergarten teacher, I know.
I tried it with whipped unsweetened cream, poached pears and then added strawberries. All bathed in some of the flan´s own caramel. It is fa-bu-lous.


CHOCOLATE CINNAMON FLAN
adapted from the can of Nestle´s condensed milk

1 can condensed milk
1 can whole milk
1 can water
1 small cinnamon stick
1/3 cup (65g) semisweet chocolate chunks
1 ½ Tbs cocoa powder
4 eggs
1 cup sugar, for caramelizing the mold
Whipped cream, to serve
Fresh or poached fruit, to serve

Open a can of condensed milk and pour the contents in a medium bowl. Reserve
Using the same can as measure, put water, milk and cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and immediately turned heat off. Add chocolate and cocoa powder, mix well until no flecks of chocolate remain and let everything cool down until it is warm, about half hour.
Meanwhile, put the sugar in the bottom of a 8-inch tube pan and place directly on the burner. Melt the sugar, moving the pan so it doesn´t burn in one place. You can also move the sugar with a spoon. When the sugar is all melted and amber colored, wearing oven mitts or thick towels, swirl the pan so the caramel coats the bottom and sides of the pan. To coat the center tube use a spoon to aid you. Reserve. Caramel will harden.
Preheat oven to 300º F /150º C
Strain warm chocolate mixture into the condensed milk and mix until well incorporated.
On a large bowl, whisk eggs to blend. Gradually add chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 1 hour on a water bath. It will still be barely jiggly. Let cool down in the oven and then transfer to a wire rack. Refrigerate until cold, 3 to 4 hours. I do it the day before.
When you´re ready to serve, put the pan directly on the flame again for about 1 minute, to loosen the caramel. Move the pan clockwise and counter-clockwise a bit to make sure the bottom is loose.
Invert onto a plate. If you have caramel stuck in the bottom of the pan, loosen it over the burner flame and pour it on top of the flan.
Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit. 


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45 comments:

  1. I adore flan and this one is no exception!! Love the deep dark color and the creaminess that comes out in your photo…absolutely beautiful!!

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  2. Oh wow the combination of cinnamon and chocolate together in this flan sounds perfect. And your pictures make me just want to sit down at your table with a cup of tea and help myself. :)

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  3. Paula, I absolutely love flan, and to think that I could make a CHOCOLATE flan has me quite excited! Looks wonderful.

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  4. I love flan! Never made it, got to give it a try, thanks Paula!

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  5. Yum! I love flan too, but have never had chocolate! Yours looks amazing! Sign me up!

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  6. I've never made flan but you always make your recipes sound so approachable! This looks beautiful, I love desserts made with sweetened condensed milk.

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  7. I hope you saved me a piece because I'm on my way!

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  8. Your flan is stunning! I love Chocolate Flan! I make one with Mexican chocolate, but will have to try with bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon next time. :)

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  9. You had me with these four letters -> flan. And then you went and added cinnamon and chocolate and now I'm dreaming about this dessert. YUM X 10.

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  10. Flann is so, so good. This recipe looks delicious.

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  11. yum, a perfectly made flan is one of my favorite desserts (I like them better than creme brûlée, which seem to be too rich for me). in fact I have one last night at our favorite little local Mexican taqueria. Delicioso!

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  12. Your photos are absolutely spectacular. I've never heard of chocolate flan before, but it looks delicious.

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  13. There are not a lot of Mexican dessert out there but this one looks divine. Great recipe!!

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  14. Chocolate flan!! HEAVEN! I seriously need to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. I have not been brave enough to try making flan yet, but thanks to your encouragement and this gorgeous recipe, I think I will now! Thank you!

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  16. Chocolate flan = sold :D
    This looks fantastic!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Oh, my! I think I need this now! Did you melt the caramel in a saucepan and then transfer it to the tube pan?

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    1. Just sugar in the tube pan and put it directly over the flame. I´ve been doing it like that forever and everyone before me in this country. No need to add water either, since the baking itself adds moisture to the caramel. When you unmold it, most of the caramel is liquid.

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  18. Gorgeous! Love the chocolate and cinnamon together. Never thought of making flan at home - now you are making me think twice!

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  19. wow.just.wow. This seriously looks amazing.

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  20. This is such a wonderful dish. Flan is amazing and something we all should learn how to make.

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  21. What a gorgeous flan! And chocolate to boot! And are those our famous pears making a reappearance? Happy #SundaySupper~

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  22. I have a spanish friend who makes the best flan. I never could duplicate it. I will have to try yours and see how it goes. It looks pretty straight forward.

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    1. This is the easy recipe with condensed milk, can´t go wrong!

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  23. I have to be honest: I have never been a huge fan of flan...but a chocolate and cinnamon version is one that definitely has my attention! I would totally give this a try!

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  24. Paula - this is STUNNING!! Totally my kind of flan...creamy and silky and absolutely gorgeous. I will be trying your version very, very soon!

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  25. Yummy! Chocolate and cinnamon flan sounds fantastic!

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  26. This looks delicious-what a wonderful dessert!

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  27. Wow!! What a gorgeous dessert, and I love the flavors. I've never made flan before, I just might have to try this!

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  28. Wonderful dessert! Never try flan before, will try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead!

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  29. Flan is the best!! I love it and yours turned out so beautifully! Great post, Paula!

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  30. WOW! I sent this to my Mom. We always made flan with our Mexican dinner nights. We have to make this together next time I am in town to visit her!

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  31. Your flan is gorgeous and the cinnamon flavor with chocolate sounds spicy and wonderful;-)
    I like these Sunday Supper recipes, they all sound delicious;-)

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  32. Beautiful flan, Paula! I love the flavour combinations too - chocolate and cinnamon is a definite hit. I am too intimidated to make flan but if you say it can be done, I believe you. I'll start with this fabulous recipe!

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  33. Paula, one dessert I would walk very long distances for in order to get a small portion - cannot put it any other way, just fabulous! And the poached pears were probably a delctable additio too!

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  34. I'm not a fan of flan (it's a texture thing) but the flavor sounds wonderful!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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  35. I've made custard and mousse before so I suppose I shouldn't be affraid to make flan. The flavor combination in this flan sounds fantastic! Poached pears and Strawberries? Wow!

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  36. I love flan but have never made a chocolate version! We usually make it in the little custard cups and so do not end up with as much caramel. I will just have to melt some sugar to pour over next time because this recipe sounds delish.

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  37. OMG ! I love chocolate flan and spiked with cinnamon sounds heavenly. Love the idea of adding fresh fruit. Beautiful pics !

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  38. Chocolate and caramel..........probably one of my favorite combos ever!

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