Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Recipes and Food

October 31, 2012

Ginger flan _ rich, creamy and worth the wait

A dessert this great is worth the wait. A rich, creamy custard with caramelized sugar is topped with sugared rolled oats and dried cranberries that take a long bath in apple brandy.

Though the recipe comes together easily, the first step begins the day before. Just dump the dried cranberries in a bowl with the Calvados, then go on with your life.

By the time the cranberries are ready the next day, you've got just an hour of work left. Just be sure to let the flans cool completely before trying to unmold; they slip out of the ramekins more easily when cool.

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GINGER FLAN WITH CARAMELIZED OATS AND CALVADOS CRANBERRIES

Start to finish: 24 hours (1 hour active)

Servings: 8

For the Calvados cranberries:

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy)

For the caramelized oats:

3/4 cup extra-thick rolled oats

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the custard:

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

12-ounce can evaporated milk

Pinch of salt

2 whole eggs

3 egg yolks

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2/3 cup sugar

In a small bowl, combine the cranberries and Calvados. Cover and let soak overnight.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium skillet over the medium-high heat, toast the oats, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and the salt, then stir until the sugar melts and turns golden brown. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the butter. Spoon onto the prepared baking sheet and set aside to cool.

Heat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with a kitchen towel. Have ready eight 4-ounce ramekins that will fit in the pan.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream and ginger. Bring to a simmer, then turn the heat off and cover. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

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