Tres Leches Pumpkin Flan


From Linda Cicero’s Cook’s Corner Column


Tres Leches Pumpkin Flan

1/2 cup sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 egg yolks, at room temperature

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

11/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup pumpkin puree (preferably fresh or canned organic)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray.

Cook sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes or until melted and medium-brown in color. Drizzle the sugar mixture into the Bundt pan and swirl to coat the bottom. (Because of the temperature change, the sugar may harden quickly. Don’t worry; once the flan is baked it will liquefy into a beautiful golden syrup.)

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and add eggs and egg yolks; beat until well blended.

Slowly add all three milks and the vanilla, and beat at low speed for 1 minute. Add pumpkin puree and spices and continue to mix for 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour mixture into prepared pan. (Mixture may be slightly lumpy. If you want a smooth flan, strain the mixture before you pour it into the pan.)

Place Bundt pan in a roasting pan. Place roasting pan on the center rack of oven and add hot water to the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until edges are set (the center will not be set).

Remove roasting pan from oven and remove Bundt pan from water. Place on a wire rack and let cool completely for at least 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 8 hours.

Carefully run a butter knife around edges to loosen, and invert flan onto a serving platter. Makes 12 servings.

Per serving: 328 calories (41 percent from fat), 15.3 g fat (8.7 g saturated, 4.3 g monounsaturated), 110 mg cholesterol, 9.4 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g fiber, 178 mg sodium.

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