Creamy flan gets a Southern-style twist in this crowd-pleasing dessert. As elegant as it looks, it's actually a snap to make.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 12 servings
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/4 cup water
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cups PLANTERS Pecan Halves, divided
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 350°F.
Bring 3/4 cup sugar and water to boil in small saucepan on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook 6 to 8 min. or until deep golden brown. (Do not stir.) Pour into 9-inch round pan; tilt pan to evenly cover bottom with syrup.
Blend milk and cream cheese in blender until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, 1 cup nuts and remaining sugar; blend just until smooth. (Do not overmix). Pour over syrup in pan; cover. Place filled pan in larger pan; add enough water to larger pan to come halfway up side of smaller pan.
Bake 50 min. to 1 hour or until knife inserted near center of flan comes out clean. Cool 10 min. Carefully transfer flan from water-filled pan to wire rack; cool completely.
Refrigerate several hours or until chilled. Unmold flan onto plate. Garnish with remaining nuts. Serve topped with COOL WHIP.
How to Unmold
Run sharp knife around edge of flan. Invert onto plate; shake gently to loosen. Gently twist to remove pan. To soften any remaining caramel in pan, dip bottom of pan in hot water; spoon caramel over flan.
Savor a serving of this crowd-pleasing dessert on special occasions.
Flan batter can be prepared ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 30 min. before pouring into pan and baking as directed.
If necessary, pour flan batter through fine-mesh strainer to remove any lumps before pouring over sugar syrup in pan.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.