How to make it

  • Prepare pastry cream:
  • Heat the half-and-half, vanilla bean, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 20 seconds.
  • When the half-and-half mixture reaches a full simmer, remove the vanilla bean and scrape out all the "caviar" back into the cream mixture. Gradually whisk the simmering half-and-half into the yolk mixture to temper. Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula; return to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.
  • Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla. Strain the pastry cream through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl. Note on straining: This is key step because it will ensure that your finished pastry cream will be silky smooth with no lumps or bumps.
  • Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.
  • Make the flan cake:
  • Beat butter, sugar and yolks until fluffy. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with flavoring and milk. blending well. Pour into greased and floured flan pan.
  • Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool on rack for 10 minutes and invert cake onto plate.
  • Spoon onto flan cake and spread with an offset spatula. Arrange cut strawberries on top. Brush strawberries with raspberry glaze. Cover and chill until ready to serve

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    " It was excellent "
    AMBER6954 ate it and said...
    Oh, MY !!!!! Light , fresh and heavenly !!!! THANK YOU !!!!!
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  • DetroitTokyo 6 years ago
    Wow, gorgeous!
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  • optimistic1_2 6 years ago
    this sounds wonderful! My mother used to make a cream cheese flan topper, line it with berries and kiwi,then cover it with a gelatin based glaze. Will be trying this one when we get are local strawberries in!
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