Saturday, September 25, 2010

Project Food Blog Challenge #2: " Flan de Vanilla"

First of all,thanks for everyone for voting me so that i've been admitted to the second round of this challenge.
Here i am again,and this time it's getting tougher...because a tuscan farmer like me doing classical ethnic recipes..?! are you really sure you want to see that ? :-)))
When i was in Honeymoon in French Polynesia on July I bought some vanilla  sticks from the island of Taha'a ,a place full of Vanilla Trees where you could really feel the smell everywhere !
Then...i was wondering what could i do with this wonderful vanilla ? and then i remembered that i ate a Mexican Dessert in Tijuana made with vanilla, so i've been collecting some datas on it and now i'm presenting it to all of you,
From Polynesia to Mexico,we could really say that this recipe have travelled a lot :-)
Enjoy !

Flan de Vanilla

As i've said before this is a typical mexican dessert,we could say that for the countries of central america this is the equivalent of the italian "budino",this one is really aromatic with vanilla,cinnamon,lemon and orange.

Ingredients :

Skin of half a orange
Skin of half a lemon
1 Stick of Vanilla
1 Stick of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Cornstarch
150g. of Sugar
500ml of fresh milk
2 Eggs Yolks
Topping Ingrendient : Caramel Sauce

Preparation :

1) Beat the eggs with sugar,cornstarch and a bit of milk.

 2) Put the rest of the milk on the fire and add the cinnamon and the stick of vanilla (cut it in the lenght and open it as in the picture) add the skins of lemon and orange as well and let everything gently boil.

 3) When it's boling strain the milk to remove the skins and the sticks then add the previously beated eggs in the milk and stir using a whisk.

4) Put the mixture back on the fire and,stirring continuously,until it starts simmering then take it away from the fire and,using a strain,pour the mixture into six molds
Let the flan chill to room temperature and then put the molds into the fridge for at least 2 hours.

At the moment you want to serve it,cover it with some caramel sauce.
If,after reading all of this,you still think i deserve your vote...:-)

Voting Open: 6AM Pacific Time September 27th through 6PM Pacific Time September 30th


Chef Chuck said...

Hello, This sounds Delicious ~ Thank you for sharing!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

So glad to have found your blog through the contest! Good Luck, I will be following, I'm a lover of all things Italian! The flan sounds wonderful.

Karen said...

The flavors in this sound great...I love the citrus with the vanilla!
Good luck on the contest!

Aurelio Barattini said...

@ChefChuck @whatsfordinneracrossstatelines @Karen
Thank you my friends!

FlyingRoo said...

Ciao Aurelio, great little blog you have here, I love the concept of simple, fresh, local food with no fuss - for a while it seemed like a lost art but it's making a big comeback.

Keep up the good work, I've just voted for you on the second challenge, I'd like to see you at the next one!

Tanti auguri!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy but where's a final picture? I was dying to see the final product.

Lick My Spoon said...

If anything, reading this post increased my desire to vote you into the next round. I can't eat flan these days without thinking of this video, or this equally adorable video

Lick My Spoon

Amanda (The Culinary Passport) said...

Looks great! I love flan (even the kind made my a Tuscan farmer :)