apple pickingWe 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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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.

 

Ingredients:

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)

5 eggs

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)

Directions

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.

Enjoy it!