The History behind the infamous “Flan”

I grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay in lovely South America! During my youth one of my favorite desserts was “Flan con Dulce de Leche” and to me it was one of our best traditional Uruguayan desserts.

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Surprise surprise when I found out that this wonderful treat is actually a traditional dessert for a lot of places!

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Some people call it  Creme Caramel, it is also similar to the Spanish Natilla or Custart Tarts (which I suspect is where ours came from).

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Now the Norwegians also have their own version which happens to be just like the one we make at home, they tend to make is usually for the Christmas holiday season and call it Karemellpudding!

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A lot of countries in north and Central America make a flan that is a lot heavier than what I am used to, more like a heavy custard. The one from home is nice and light and not too sweet and because its not too sweet, you can pair it perfectly with some Dulce de Leche or some lovely Chantilly Cream.

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Anyway, being that its Easter in hot and humid south Florida, I thought a light flan would be the perfect Easter Dessert.

All recipes are similar so follow any of the above links and enjoy!

Ravioles de Dulce de Leche y Banana

I had some leftover pasta dough from our dinner and decided to put it to good use.

Why not make a dessert out of it? Think its crazy? Well I dare you to try cause the result was totally out of this world!

Got my pasta dough, rolled it out with my pasta maker and instead of filling it with your regular fillings, I put in 1/2 tsp of dulce de leche and a slice of banana.

Also made another batch without bananas for my picky son :-).

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Then sealed them off and dunked them in the boiling water for 3 minutes.

I served them on a bed of grated chocolate and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce.

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This new invention is a total keeper, the saltiness of the dough balances the sweetness of the dulce de leche perfectly and they were just the right final touch to our delicious dinner.

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Thinking next time I am going for apple filling served with caramel sauce and cinnamon!

There are endless combinations you can use if you let your imagination fly!!!!!