Grand Marnier flan
Creamy, cool and good
I have always been partial to flan and I have been making this orange-scented flan for a good 25 years. I do not know where I got the original recipe, nor how much I have tinkered with it over the years, but I do know it is easy, reliable and always good.
The magic sauce
The magic of this recipe is when you invert the flan to serve, the sugar-coating on the inside of the bundt pan has turned into a delicious sauce.
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Equipment and special ingredients needed
- 10" bundt pan (2 quarts)
- Offset baker's spatula to help release the edges of the flan
- Large roasting pan to cook the flan in a water bath
- Fine microplane zester for the orange zest
- Grand Marnier or other orange liquor
- Orange flower water (you can also use this in Ramos Gin Fizzes)
- Vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
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- 2½ cups sugar, divided
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 T vanilla paste or vanilla extract
- 2 t orange flower water
- 1 t fine orange zest
- 6 eggs
- 6 egg yolks
- 6 T Grand Marnier
- 2 - 3 tangerines, sliced and halved
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Warm the bundt pan in the oven for at least 5 minutes while you make the syrup.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir 1 cup of sugar until it melts and turns a deep golden. Remove the bundt pan from the oven and pour in the syrup. Using heat pads to protect your hands, gently swirl the syrup until it covers the entire inside surface of the bundt pan. Set aside to cool.
- In a larger saucepan, heat the milk, cream and vanilla paste until hot and just beginning to bubble around the edges. Do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in the orange flower water and orange zest.
- Briefly whip eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Beat in remaining 1½ cups sugar until mixture is lemon-colored, about 3-4 minutes. Slowly add in cream mixture. Stir in Grand Marnier.
- Pour custard into the syrup-coated bundt pan. Place the bundt pan in a larger roasting pan filled with very hot water, so that the water comes up half-way to the top of the bundt pan. Take care as you are lifting the pans and putting them in the oven. It may be easier for you to put the larger pan on the oven rack inside the oven and then pour the hot water in. Bake about an hour, until a knife inserted in the middle of the flan comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight before serving.
- To serve, remove from the refrigerator and run the offset knife around the inside of the pan to help it release from the sides. Place a serving plate on top of the bundt pan and invert. Garnish the edges of the platter with slices of tangerine.
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