Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(Flan)….

One of my culinary confessions in life is that I love those stupid from a box, Funfetti cupcakes. I think I am allured by the birthday cakey flavor of the cake and the festiveness of all the colors of the Funfetti. So when I was making a cake the other day that required 8 egg whites(it will be on the blog later), I could not bring myself to throw out 8 egg yolks. I hadn’t planned on making anything else that day, but my plans changed. During the move, I found many a lost treasure lurking in my cupboard. One of those were my colored sugar crystals that I used for my homemade Pop Tarts. I decided that I would pay tribute to my favorite boxed cupcakes in the form of flan, yes flan. You can add just about any flavoring you want, I didn’t add any this time around, but a dash of vanilla would have been nice.
I think little kids would be drawn to these. I think they are a lot of fun(as the name would imply). As you can see, the crystals do melt and form a sauce(I wasn’t sure if they would or not) and it turns a festive pink color.
In house news, I just sold my left arm to buy some window treatments. Not to worry, I kept my mixing arm. :) Who knew stupid blinds could be soooooo expensive. They joys of home ownership. We also get to do battle with Comcast again…one of the cable boxes doesn’t seem to think we want sound half of the time…special. Other than that, I am loving it.

Funfetti Flan

4 large egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups heavy cream
pinch of salt

colored sugar crystals(I didn’t measure but I would say about 1/3 of a cup)

Take ramekins(this recipe made 4-6 ounce ones) and divide crystals among them. Press the sugar down making sure it is evenly distributed. Place cups in a baking pan large enough to hold them and a water bath.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt. Warm cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it is warm, almost hot to the touch but not boiling! Ladle some of the cream into the egg mixture, whisking the whole time. Then slowly add the rest of the cream, again, whisking the whole time. Strain the mixture through a sieve to avoid any egg bits that might have formed.
Pour mixture into ramekins. Don’t panic if some of the crystals float up, this will most likely happen, but the majority of them will not rebel and will stay where they are suppose to. :) Place them into the baking pan and place in the oven. Then pour HOT water(boiling if you’ve got it) into the pan so that it comes half way up on the ramekins. Bake flan for 25 minutes,until the custard is set but just a little jiggly in the middle. Remove from water bath(thongs work good for this). Let cool for 20 minutes and place into the fridge for at least 6 hours(I did overnight).
To remove the flan, run a knife around the edge of each ramekin and invert onto a plate or whatever you are serving it on. 

Comments

  1. Hehehe how cute!
    And I knew how expensive blinds could be – that’s why I don’t have very many of them! :-)

  2. Oh my! They do look fun! And all window treatments are expensive. I wish I knew how to sew, I would make my own. But I dont. Damn the man.

  3. Such a fun use for those multi colored crystals…like a party for the new house.
    It is amazing how much any window treatment costs, even the small amount of fabric needed for a cafe’ curtain. Glad you are enjoying the new home.
    Repeat after me: Comcastic is NOT fantastic, Comcastic is NOT fantastic… :)

  4. haha!! this funfetti flan is so vibrant and, well, fun!! despite the issues you’re running into with Comcast, I’m happy to hear that living in your new home is turning out to be quite enjoyable :0)

  5. totally cute. i love the colored sugar!

  6. WOW, you are so creative! first of all, i would never think of make homemade pop tarts?! i have to confess that we have a box in my pantry right now and i am so addicted to them :) my favorite is the strawberry too!

    your funfetti flan looks great! so creative :)

    glad you are getting settled into your new home nicely…

  7. How fun! Not so about the curtains, I called mom and we ended making them ourselves one time they were visiting, very Martha…! Very creative with the sprinkles, almost looks like stained glass!

  8. As soon as I saw this I thought of the poptarts, I loved them immediately! And of course, anything with egg yolks is good in my books because if something goes wrong, it goes in the ice cream machine and all is well again!

  9. WOW! I am usually not a flan-fan, but I do love funfetti- this looks fun & yummy!!

  10. Gorgeous flans….I need to make some soon to stop these cravings

  11. How festive! :-)

  12. Love the colorful details – a fun flan, Pea!

  13. I was passing through and the blue colored funfetti caught my eye. I love it! And the flan looks so creamy good :)

  14. What a great idea!! So creative. I love it!

  15. Funfetti flan? Only you would think of that. So ingenious.

    Window treatments are ridiculously expensive. Its just fabric, what gives.

    We just changed over to Comcast last month, so far no problems. But now I’m scared.

  16. I love the way the colored sugar came out thank you sharing such a great idea and yes I think the kids would love the way it looks, they always want to eat colorful stuff.

    Shayne

  17. I can’t believe you like the funfetti. I used to have that as my birthday cake when I was a teenager, with the funfetti icing of course. I still think about making it every year, but I don’t because it’s a boxed cake. I’m just going to do it sometime. It’s so yummy…I don’t even know if they still make the matching icing…hmmm.
    Julie

  18. So pretty! Great spin on flan :)

  19. So cute! I’m a sucker for anything colorful, too!

    I’ve found pretty and reasonably priced window treatments at Lowe’s Home Improvement and J.C. Penney – if you have those stores where you live you should take a look!

  20. Oh yes, this is a fun fun flan! Love it!

  21. Hell yes! Blinds are outrageous. When we bought our house, the window treatments (love that phrase) blew our decorating budget to bits–and we didn’t get anything fancy. I’m glad you made those adorable little flans. Wonderful pictures.

  22. Pure brilliance! I love flan and never ever would have thought of this. Would be perfect for a mexican themed birthday or Cinco de Mayo festivities~ I can’t wait to steal, errr, share your idea. HEH! no, seriously.
    And my poor husband still calculates extra money for curtains and blinds every time we move (we’re military). He sounds like such a battle weary soldier- “and then we’ll want to budget money for all the window treatments…” ;-)
    Thanks so much for the really creative idea.

  23. My kids have a special relationship with Funfetti cake mixes. It’s what they pick for cupcakes every time. I love your flan – so fun!

  24. I am denied the pleasure of Funfetti on my side of the pond but I can’t think of a better word right now…or a better flan.

  25. Oh, my! I want to like my computer screen. Looks delicious and something fun to eat.

    Paz

  26. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who craves those darn funfetti cup cakes!! You flan is so cute and fun.

  27. Weeee! Party flan! So cute.
    Your pics are turning out lovely in your new house : )

  28. Wow – these are beautiful!

  29. You just crack me up sometimes. I love your “true confession” of liking the Funfetti cupcakes!!

  30. It’s not just girls who love flan, you know?

    Glad you’re settling in – welcome to the wonderful world of home ownership!

  31. Now those are pretty cute. They could possibly make me rethink flan. And I couldn’t stomach the cost of custom window treatments for my 15-ye-old’s bedroom, so went to Home Depot, bought some decend bamboo shades and put’em up myself. Of course with the money I saved, I’ll be able to get the custom treatments for the familyroom and kitchen. You’re right about the home ownership thing.

  32. This flan is the bomb! I love it!

  33. Everything in your blog always looks so decadent! I love visiting here!

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