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Pomegranate Flan

Pomegranate Flan

Flan is a traditional Mexican dessert, a sort of upside-down pudding with a caramel base that turns into a luscious topping. This version calls for heart-healthy pomegranate juice to offset the richness of this pretty pink flan.


1 1/3 cups water
2/3 cup granulated organic sugar
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups half-and-half
1 1/4 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice

1. In a small saucepan with a heavy bottom, heat the water with the 2/3 cup sugar, stirring until crystals dissolve. When sugar is dissolved, lower the heat to medium-high and cook, swirling pan gently, until mixture turns a rich golden-brown, about 12 minutes.

2. Pour the caramel syrup evenly into 4 one-cup individual custard cups, swirling to coat cups evenly. Allow syrup to set.

3. Preheat oven to 325F. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and the egg yolks with the 1/2 cup sugar until blended. Add half and half, beating continually. Add pomegranate juice and beat until well combined.

4. Pour egg mixture evenly into custard cups. Place them in an ovenproof pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake around 1 1/2 hours, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Remove custard cups from the pan of water and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

6. To serve, set cups briefly in hot water, then unmold onto pretty serving plates. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Serves 4.

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3:15PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I think this will be on our Christmas menu! Thanks!

8:32AM PST on Nov 11, 2008

Because of Mexico's proximity to the U.S. and the numbers of Mexican people living in the U.S. a lot of hispanic food/culture gets credited to them. Mexico has wonderful food, and a fantastic culture that certainly has a flavor all of its own but flan is eaten all over the hispanic world- not just Mexico!
Thank you for your recipe, I grew up eating flan and this is a nice twist!

8:28AM PST on Nov 11, 2008

Flan is NOT traditionally Mexican, it is eaten all over the hispanic world!

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