We went apple picking twice already this season. It is such a great activity to do with the kids. The place we go has a great playground and some animals, kids love it!
There are many things you can do with the apples: eat them fresh, make apple juice (I blend apples with water and orange juice- delicious!), apple pie, apple crisps, and apple sauce. I have also cooked apples with some pork dishes. Apples are the best!
Although I love all the options above, I wanted to make something different.
After a quick internet search, I found a couple of recipes for apple flan. The one I decided to follow is a recipe from a Brazilian website – no bias here ;-).
It was my first time making it and I didn’t have a proper flan dish but I improvised and it worked out just fine 🙂
This apple flan is very delicious, smooth and we couldn’t stop eating it! If you have a few extra apples you should try it! My husband wants to go apple picking again so I can make more apple flan. 🙂
Fist step, if you have kids at home, is to keep them busy. I gave J some papers to color and L was happy enough to be around her sister.
To be very honest, this didn’t last too long, I had to stop the process to give them some milk/food and get them to take a nap… If no kids are around, you should be able to get all prepared in in half an hour plus the baking time.
700g of apples (I used Gala and Cortland, and the weight before peeling and cutting was closer to 800g – I am not great about following recipes!)
1/4 cup of water
Juice of half orange (not in the original recipe, I added it for flavor and to help avoid oxidation of the apples)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
Cloves and Cinnamon to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 5 cloves – the final taste was quite light, so if you like it spicy add more)
Peel and cut the apples
In a saucepan, add the apples, water, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. Cover and cook until the apples are soft.
Let the apples cool down,then process it in a blender until smooth. Add eggs and condensed milk and process it for a couple of minutes. (I removed some cloves from the apple mix before blending it – only 2 were blended because I wasn’t sure how strong it would come out)
Caramelize the sugar and pour it (while hot) on the dish you will use for the flan. This video seems to show a professional way to do it. I did not do like that – I added 5 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water to a pan, mixed it and heated it on the stove top until the sugar turned light brown, mixing constantly.
I split the caramel into 8 little dishes, then poured in the apple mix from the blender.
Place the dish you chose on hot water (the ones I used are proper for this type of application) then put it all in the oven (preheated to 350F) for 50min.
Let it cool down and refrigerate it. Before serving, run a paring knife around the edge of the baking dishes, invert a plate over flan and quickly but carefully flip the whole thing over so the flan rests upside down on the plate.