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Classic Leche Flan Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 12 egg yolks
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water

Special equipment needed:
- 9-inch round cake pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Whisk
- Fine mesh strainer
- Aluminum foil
- Steamer or large pot with steaming rack

Step-by-step instructions:
a. Preheat oven to 350°F.
b. In a saucepan, melt sugar over medium heat until it turns into a golden brown caramel. Pour the caramel into the bottom of the cake pan, tilting it to cover the entire bottom. Set aside.
c. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and water. Whisk until well combined.
d. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps.
e. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan with caramel.
f. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it in a steamer or large pot with steaming rack. Steam for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
g. Remove from the steamer and let it cool to room temperature.
h. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
i. To serve, run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the flan. Invert onto a serving plate, allowing the caramel to drizzle over the top.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
5. Temperature:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 320
Fat: 14g
Carbohydrates: 41g
Protein: 9g
Sodium: 130mg
Sugar: 40g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar for the caramel.
- You can use almond or coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.

- You can add grated lemon or orange zest to the mixture for a citrusy flavor.
- You can add a pinch of salt to the mixture to balance the sweetness.
- You can top the flan with whipped cream or fresh fruits.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to strain the mixture to remove any lumps for a smooth texture.
- Be careful when making the caramel as it can be very hot.
- To prevent the flan from cracking, make sure to steam it gently and avoid overcooking it.

Storage instructions:
Store the flan in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the flan, place it in a steamer or microwave for a few seconds until warm.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the flan on a decorative plate and garnish with fresh fruits or whipped cream.

Fresh fruits, whipped cream, mint leaves, caramel sauce.

Coffee, tea, or a glass of cold milk.

Suggested side dishes:
Fresh fruit salad, vanilla ice cream, or a slice of cake.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the flan cracks, it may have been overcooked or steamed too vigorously.
- If the caramel hardens, it may have been cooked for too long or at too high of a temperature.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to use fresh eggs and store the flan in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.

Food history:
Leche flan is a popular dessert in the Philippines and other Latin American countries. It is believed to have been introduced by the Spanish colonizers during the colonial period.

Flavor profiles:
Sweet, creamy, and caramelized.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the flan chilled for a refreshing dessert.

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Taste: Creamy, Sweet, Rich, Caramelized, Vanilla