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Are you a fan of flan?

Okay, how ridiculous does that sound?

I am, and once I catch a glimpse, it's useless to resist temptation. When I lived in New York, there was a borderline sketchy Spanish restaurant down the street from my apartment that served the best flan. It was a regular treat, and so good that I was able to overlook the crummy floor and skeezy clientele.

When we moved to Paris, I fell in love with the French version of flan, which is less like a caramel-topped panna cotta and more like a gelatinous pie. There's a bit more structure to it, which allows you to scarf it on the street - something I did often without reservations.

Last night, I visited our favorite bakery here in Glen Ridge, and noticed right away that they had just wheeled out a baker's cart full of flan that resembled the version I had come to love last winter. Score! I snapped up six pieces and ate two before I made it back to the house.

This morning I'm surfing for recipes, as I imagine it's not that difficult to make. If you have a good one, I'd love it if you shared.

The above photos are of the flan in the patisserie next to our old apartment.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Fog and Thistle

Sans flan. I am not a fan of flan.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Vana

yumm..I am going to check it out and see if i can make it one of these days.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by christina

My husband loves flan…so if you find a good recipe, do share. For me, it's a bit too wiggly.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anonymous

flan is so very latin….hence why the french have it as well. hope you find a good recipe!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by a taste of madeleine

My friend who is 'challenged' in the kitchen makes amazing flan. I should give it a try.

Really yummy picture, mmm…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

LOL, Rachel. I see you are into the rhymes this morning. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Thanks Bree! I am going to try this for dessert tonight. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Melita

i love flan. i think the french version sounds even better (as it usually does lol)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle | Cicada Studio

Love flan. LOVE. I think I see almonds, too? Yum…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by bree

love flan.

i use this recipe from epicurious.com

i always have the ingredients on hand, it's easy, and delish. i've done it both in ramekins and in a single pan with success. the single pan is a bit easier, though, in regards to the caramel.

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