Mexican Chocolate Flans

Blending chocolate and cinnamon puts a Southwest spin on cool, creamy custard.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 6

Ingredients

Topping

3/4
cup sugar
1/2
cup water

Flans

1/2
cup milk
1/2
cup sugar
1/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
3
eggs, beaten
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. In heavy 1-quart saucepan, mix topping ingredients. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Cover; boil 1 minute. Uncover; cook until sugar becomes golden brown. DO NOT STIR. Very carefully pour and swirl sugar into 6 (6-oz) custard cups.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, mix 1/2 cup milk, the sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk. Continue to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Using wire whisk, beat in evaporated milk, vanilla and eggs. Pour mixture evenly over sugar in custard cups.
  • 3 Place custard cups in 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Place baking dish on center oven rack. Pour hot water into baking dish until it is halfway up sides of custard cups. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted near edge of custard mixture comes out clean. Carefully remove cups from water; cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 50 minutes.
  • 4 To serve, unmold flans onto individual dessert plates. If desired, top each with chocolate shavings. Cover and refrigerate any remaining flans.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    280
    (
    Calories from Fat
    70),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    8g
    8%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    115mg
    115%;
    Sodium
    65mg
    65%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    47g
    47%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    45g
    45%
    ),
    Protein
    6g
    6%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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