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The perfect pumpkin flan for fall

Stephany Sánchez
6 min read
The perfect pumpkin flan for fall – Recipes – WebMediums
Pumpkin flan

Pumpkin flan is a dessert commonly eaten in the United States during the fall, when the pumpkin harvest is bountiful. Its sweet and creamy flavor is accompanied by melted caramel, being a delight to the palate.

It is usually made to consume during the afternoons as a snack, to offer to visitors, or as a dessert after dinner. That is why below we will explain its elaboration step by step.

Likewise, we offer some recommendations and tips so that your flan is perfect.

Pumpkin flan ingredients

  • 400 grams of squash cut into squares (this equals 3 cups).

  • 4 large fresh eggs.

  • 200 grams of sugar (this equals one cup).

  • 300 ml of milk (this equates to a cup and a half of milk).

  • Liquid caramel for the mold, quantity required (optional).

  • 10 ml or a tablespoon of vanilla essence (optional).

Recommendations and tips for a perfect pumpkin flan

  • Another option to prepare the pumpkins, in case you do not have an oven, is to place the pumpkin pieces in a saucepan with a little water and wait until it boils and the pumpkin softens. Next, it is crushed and taken to the blender.

  • Always mash while the pumpkin is still hot, as this makes the process easier.

  • If you use a flanera or plastic mold, which is easy to remove, it is not necessary to place caramel, and this is optional. But, if you use a metal flan, the ideal is to place caramel so that it does not stick.

  • If you like, you can make your homemade caramel by placing sugar in a pan, a few drops of water and a little lemon juice to taste, and taking care that it does not burn. It is heated over low heat, and then you let it rest.

  • You can add the mixture directly to the flan without straining, but the process of straining it will allow the texture of the flan to be smoother and with a professional finish.

  • The ideal is to cook the flan in a double boiler with a tray that allows you to place three to four fingers of water.

  • This type of dessert is ideal to be chilled for at least 24 hours before consuming it. Subsequently, it must be kept refrigerated for conservation.

Steps to make pumpkin flan

Note: We will divide the preparation of the recipe into several phases.

Preparation of the pumpkin mixture

  1. Cut the pumpkin into chunks and place it on a flattened tray, without one chunk being on top of the other. Take the tray to the preheated oven at 180º C and let it bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

  2. Make a purée with the pumpkins with the help of a fork, and take to the blender to make a smoothie with the pumpkin pieces. The ideal is to do it with the hot pumpkin, because this way it is crushed more quickly.

  3. After mashing the pumpkin, add the sugar and milk and continue blending at high speed so that all the ingredients are well integrated.

  4. Next, add the eggs and continue blending so that they integrate into the mixture.

  5. Add a tablespoon of vanilla essence if you want the flan to be with a more delicious touch. Continue beating for one more minute.

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Pumpkin flan mix

Cooking the mixture

  1. Put some liquid caramel in the mold (only if it is metal) and spread all over the base and edges.

  2. Strain the previously made mixture and let it fall into the mold or flan where you spread the caramel. Use a spoon to help the liquid drain out more quickly.

  3. Cover the mold, either with its lid or with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven at 180º C, with a tray of water inside to cook in a water bath.

  4. Wait for it to bake for 60 to 90 minutes depending on whether your oven has low or high power. The heat of the oven should be uniform above and below, and preferably without a fan.

  5. To know if the mixture is ready, click with a toothpick and if it comes out dry, your flan will be cooked.

  6. When the pumpkin flan is ready, take it out of the oven and let it rest until it is warm.

  7. When you notice that the flan is warm, it will be time to put it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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Pumpkin flan cooking in the oven

Unmold and serve the pumpkin flan

  1. Remove the lid or the aluminum foil and with the help of a knife, peel the edges of the flan from the mold.

  2. Beat the mold a little so that the flan comes off at the base. If you notice that the flan moves while you beat it, it will be ready to unmold, but if it stays fixed, you must run the knife around the edges again.

  3. Cover the mold with a plate and turn very carefully so that the flan is served on the plate. Press the plate firmly against the mold to prevent the caramel from overflowing when you turn it over.

  4. Cut a piece of the flan and serve on a plate.

The perfect pumpkin flan for fall – Recipes – WebMediums
Unmold the pumpkin flan

Optional decoration

  1. If you like, whip a little whipped cream and with the help of a pastry bag and a star beak, make decorative spirals at the base.

  2. On the spirals you can add a little more caramel on top.

  3. You can also add fruits in syrup, cherries or strawberries to decorate.

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Decorated flan

How to preserve the pumpkin pie?

This is a cold dessert and therefore must be kept in the refrigerator or refrigerator. However, it is best to keep it in a covered glass or plastic container in the refrigerator.

This can be kept for up to a week under these conditions without damage and kept as freshly made.

Conclusions of the pumpkin flan recipe

Pumpkin flan is a perfect dessert for autumn, where you can enjoy it with a good cup of coffee in the afternoon. It is also perfect to surprise children with a delicious dessert and ideal for them to enjoy the benefits of pumpkin.

Therefore, we recommend you try this delicious and simple recipe and surprise your family.

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