Two of the most famous dishes ever to come out of Mexico are hot chocolate and flan. The former is an invention of the Aztec people, an ancient culture that lived in Central Mexico. As The Daily Mail writes, chocolate was invented over 3,100 years ago when the Aztecs were attempting to create a beer-like beverage. What resulted, some would argue, is much better than any beer. Flan, according to holidaycook.com, has its roots in Ancient Rome. Even so, the dish has taken on such new life in Mexico that it’s regarded almost as a native creation.
While flan hasn’t really changed much since its creation, the hot chocolate most of us know and love today uses decidedly different recetas than the classic Aztec version. As Louis E. Grivetti writes in “Aphrodisiac to Health Food: A Cultural History of Chocolate,” Aztecan hot chocolate regularly featured chili peppers and vanilla. In honor of this traditional version of hot chocolate, not to mention our love for flan, we’re going to teach you como hacer flan de chocolate caliente; how to make hot chocolate flan.
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup high-quality cocoa
- 3 cups sugar
- 4 cups 1% milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 egg yolks
- 7 eggs, whites and yolks (preferably free range for flavor)
Let’s Put Together Our Flan Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- In a saucepan, add the water and 2 cups of the sugar together. Over medium-high heat, constantly stir the mixture until it browns. Finally, it will turn to a caramel-like consistency. Remove it immediately from the heat, and distribute the mixture evenly between six six-ounce ramekins.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly, being sure the eggs are properly incorporated with the other ingredients.
- Put two-inches of water into a glass or metal pan deep enough to hold your ramekins. After distributing your flan mixture in each dish, place them into the water-bath pan. Place the pan in the oven to cook for 40 minutes.
- Remove your postres from the oven. After allowing them to cool for 10 to 20 minutes, remove each dish, covering individually, and place them in the refrigerator to cool for at least an hour. Serve when guests arrive.
As you can see, finding out como hacer flan isn’t all that difficult. This recipe combines classic Aztecan hot chocolate with a well-loved custard dessert. If chili pepper isn’t really your thing, remove it from the dish. Instead, try substituting equal amounts of orange zest in the mixture for an orange-chocolate dessert that is sure to impress your taste buds and your guests’. Buen provecho! More like this blog.