Spanish Sweets for My Sweetie

by Cate on September 3, 2007

Today is The Husband’s actual birthday, and celebration #2. He has been not-so-subtly nagging me to make his favorite entree, Jugged Chicken, and I finally caved today, much to his delight. It really is very simple to make, and I like it, it’s just he would eat it weekly (in rotation with Picadillo, Ropa Viejo and roast chicken) and I happen to like a little more variety. But it’s his birthday, and what kind of wife would I be if I didn’t make his favorite meal.

The Husband is fairly picky with his sweet tooth and very rarely eats cake (usually just as part of other people’s birthday festivities), so a birthday cake for dessert tonight was out. I ended up going with Flan and Rice Pudding, taking a chance on two new recipes, which, surprisingly, ended up paying off. I honestly didn’t think either were going to work and was already making alternate plans for the Breyers’ chocolate ice cream in the freezer. The rice pudding took twice as long to reach the right state than the recipe indicated, and the flan barely fit in the pie plate before going in the oven, but I needn’t have worried, because all worked out.

This flan was a little different than the Kahlua one I made for our Cinco de Mayo feast back in May, but still simple to make and delish. Given The Husband went back for seconds of each, I think he was a happy camper.

Spanish Flan
Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.


1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes. Let cool completely. To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

Cates’ Notes: Only change I made was to poke holes in the aluminum foil and bake the dish in a water bath.

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Claire September 4, 2007 at 2:33 am

Happy Birthday to the Husband! I’ve never had flan…but, Wow!, it’s got to be sweet with a cup of sugar and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Never had rice pudding either.


Anonymous September 4, 2007 at 11:50 am

The Husband speaks … Thank you princess for that wonderful dinner that you made for me; everything was great. I love you.


Anonymous September 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Happy B Day !!!!!!!! I owe you a drink and a cigar.

The neighbor husband.


Deborah September 4, 2007 at 9:45 pm

I have really been wanting to make flan lately! I hope you post the recipe for that chicken, as well!!


Cate September 5, 2007 at 1:18 am

Claire – it’s surprisingly not overly sweet. Hope you try it!

The Husband – anything for you. xoxo

The Neighbor Husband – maybe this is just the excuse to get you guys down to JRs.

Deborah – you can find the recipe and right up here. Didn’t realize it wasn’t in my recipe archives until this weekend. Must.fix.that.


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