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Fruit flans are wonderful in the spring or summer, or whenever you fancy a light, refreshing dessert. This passion fruit flan recipe is especially good and it is very easy to make. The passion fruit juice gives it a lovely pale orange color and the passion fruit seeds make an exciting topping. Serve this flan with raspberry syrup, for a color contrast and an extra fruity dimension to the flavor. Flan de maracuya is a popular dessert in Mexico.
This flan is unusual in that it does not contain vanilla extract or the seeds from a vanilla bean. Flan is well known for having a vanilla flavor, even when there are other ingredients used to flavor it, like coconut, coffee, chocolate, or banana. This passion fruit flan, however, is tasty enough with the passion fruit juice so it is best to keep the flavor simple. The fruit combined with the milk and egg mixture makes a simple yet delicious and well balanced dessert.
The caramel layer on the top is typical of flan and the raspberry syrup makes the perfect garnish for this dish. You can serve this after any kind of entree, to the family or to dinner guests. This dessert looks very elegant.
1 ¼ cups white sugar
1 ¼ cups passion fruit juice
1 can condensed milk
4 tablespoons water
Seeds from one passion fruit
Raspberry ice cream syrup, to serve
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the sugar with the water in a small, heavy pan over a medium heat, until it turns golden brown, then pour it into a flan mold, tilting it so the caramel covers the base and runs partway up the sides.
Mix the eggs, passion fruit juice and condensed milk together in a food processor or blender, and then pour the mixture over the caramel in the flan mold. Put the flan mold in a roasting tin and pour an inch of boiling water into the roasting tin.
Cover everything loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil and cook for 30 minutes or until the flan is completely set.
Let it come to room temperature, and then chill it in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
To serve, pour a couple of rings of raspberry ice cream syrup on a plate and pull a knife tip through to make patterns.
Unmold the flan and decorate it with passion fruit seeds.
This is one of the most elegant looking desserts, although it is so simple to make. The raspberry ice cream syrup is easy to get like the photo. Just drizzle it over the plate and use the tip of a knife to make the patterns. Drag the knife outwards or inwards (or both, like in the picture) to get the spiky effect. The flan is easy to make and the passion fruit seed topping is really good. You might like to substitute some of the passion fruit juice in the recipe for prickly pear juice. The prickly pear, which is also known as cactus pear or Indian fig, is known as "tuna" in Mexican and the flavor of that complements the other fruity flavors in this tasty Mexican flan dessert recipe.