A New Star Attraction
When I was at a bridal shower not too long ago, I was chatting with the hostess Maria Dominguez and her mother Silvia Cardenas, who is from Columbia. Shocking as this is (wink, wink), I began asking about Columbian desserts.
Unfortunately for all of us, Silvia does not bake. Fortunately, she did tell me about one very popular dessert that sounded too easy to be true.
I mean, really, when four eggs get mixed with a cup of milk, cup of evaporated milk and cup of sweetened condensed milk, even a non-baker can successfully make this! I did wonder what was going to happen once I had to transfer the batter into a glass baking dish and jiggle it into the oven, but no problem.
The recipe reminds me of flan, but it bakes differently and more quickly. Plus, it does not bake in a bain marie, so less chance of burning fingers. There was one challenge that I had: Silvia did not know how long to bake the dish. The first time I baked it for 40 minutes but decided that was too long. 30 minutes was perfect.
After cooling and refrigerating, the dessert slices beautifully. Present this on a plate with fresh berries and you will have a gorgeous, delicious dessert.
There is one itty bitty problem, I do not know the proper name for this dessert. I left a message for the bride, but then decided to make one up…Flan Wannabe. I am sure it is not even close to the actual name, but it suits it perfectly.
I am also pretty confident that a Columbian dessert is probably not what many Americans bake for July 4th, but Flan Wannabe should be on your menu. It is creamy, cool and when topped with strawberries, raspberries and/or blueberries, Flan Wannabe looks like a star attraction for this wonderful holiday.
|Flan Wannabe|| |
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- raspberries, blueberries and/or strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside a 8” x 12” glass baking dish.
- Gently beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl, using a whisk. Add milk, evaporate milk and sweetened condensed milk and whisk until well combined. Pour mixture into glass baking dish.
- Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on cooling rack. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Slice and use a cake server to transfer the Flan Wannabe to serving plate. Top with raspberries, blueberries and/or sliced strawberries.
A funny footnote…after I fell in love with Flan Wannabe, Maria messaged me that the name is Leche Asada that translates to Grilled Milk. The original recipe is 1 cup milk, 1 cup evaporated milk, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk and 6 eggs. It is baked in a 375° oven until it becomes golden brown. Who would have guessed?!?! I have not tried this recipe, but will report back once I do!