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How many types of flan are there?


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How many types of flan are there?

rworange | Aug 10, 2007 09:41 AM

... and how does it differ in each country.

Last night at an authentic Mexican restaurant ... not dumbed down or Americanized food ... I had a flan that was different than anything I had ... dense and like a piece of cheesecake.

A poster suggested it might be flan Napolitano. While looking up information on that I came across many types of flan some of which were mentioned in this blog which has a recipe for flan de queso ...

"There are as may variation of flan as there are households and countries ... Then there are the modified versions of flan: coconut flan, flan de dulce de leche, flan de queso de cabra, pumpkin flan, pineapple flan, flan de naranja ... Then there are the modified versions that include Queso Caraqueño or Flan Napolitano"

On another site someone said of flan de dulce de leche that " It was godly"

In the SF thread Eat_Nopal writes ...

"As far as I can tell, Flan variations become popular in the late '80s. Of all the variations the only ones that have really become classics (at least in Mexico) are Coconut, Kahlua & Chocolate (Napolitano goes back much further... and is definitely a classic)."

That must have been the influence on the pretty rose petal flan that sounds lovely.

This site has recipes for a lot of types of flan including a microwave version. Though I'm thinking the Caramel Kisses Flan would be a killer given what sounds like sugar overload.

Nice little history of flan here and some recipes for savory flans.

The food timeline has some history too and mentions eel flan ... yikes. In Britain it is a totally different thing ... "an open pastry or sponge case containing a (sweet or savoury) filling."

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