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Chocolate Cream Cheese Flan

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Exclusive recipe from our Gluten-Free Gourmet Desserts Cookbook collection (pages 186-187)

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Cheese Flan: A rich and thick chocolate custard drizzled with a traditional caramelized sugar sauce.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Flan — a delicious creamy alternative to our traditional style Mascarpone Cheese gluten-free Flan recipe.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cream Cheese Flan
Caramelized Sugar Ingredients
½ Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Water
Flan Ingredients
2 Ounces Cream Cheese
2 Eggs
7 Ounces (½ can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
6 Ounces (½ can) Evaporated Milk
5 Ounces Dark Chocolate
Four 1-cup custard dishes.
Baker’s Tip
Recipe is easily doubled to serve 8. For a lighter variation, use mascarpone cheese (vs. Cream Cheese).

Flan is baked in custard dishes that are placed in a water-bath to ensure slow, even cooking. So, begin by spraying 4 oven-safe/Pyrex 1-cup custard cups lightly with cooking spray (to ease removal of flan later) and arranging them in a 2"  or deeper cake pan or roasting pan (do not  add water to pan yet, or cups will float).

Caramelized Sugar Directions
  1. In a saucepan combine the sugar and water.
  2. Over high heat, stir regularly for about 3 minutes until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking on high heat, occasionally agitating pan in a circular motion to mix. As the mixture approaches a total cook time of 10-12 minutes, it will turn a deep golden brown. Do not overcook (or it will acquire a burnt taste).
  3. Once desired color is reached (as shown next) remove from heat and quickly pour into custard dishes.
  4. Flan - caramelized sugar step
Flan Directions
  1. Place the cream cheese, milks, and chocolate in a microwave-safe 2-quart bowl. Microwave this mixture only enough to melt chocolate completely and mix until smooth. Add the eggs, and mix until evenly distributed — simply beating mixture with a fork works well.
  2. Divide custard evenly between dishes containing the caramelized sugar — filling each cup about ¾ full. Add water to the pan holding the custard dishes until water reaches half way up sides of custard cups (pictured below, from our traditional flan recipe images).
  3. Flan - water bath step picture
  4. Carefully (to prevent water getting into custard dishes), transport custard to the stove and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350°F. When completely cooked, only the custard centers will jiggle slightly if agitated. Remove from oven.
  5. Carefully remove cups from pan (use oven mitts to prevent burns), and cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  7. Run a knife around the edge of each flan, then invert the cup onto a small plate — shaking slightly to release flan from cup. Drizzle caramel sauce (from bottom of cups) over flan and serve.

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