A real treat to Rancho La Puerta guests, with or without the caramel topping.
If making the topping, heat the brown sugar in a saute pan set over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sugar melts.
Raise the heat and using a dry wooden spoon, stir until the sugar is very hot and looks medium brown in color (taking care to make sure it doesn't burn).
Spoon equal amounts of melted sugar into eight 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups and set aside to cool completely.
In a saucepan or the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, combine the milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla bean and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly, until smooth.
Set aside to cool.
Remove and discard teh vanilla bean or save for other use.
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a bowl, whisk the egg whites and yolk until frothy.
Stir into the cooled milk mixture.
Pour into ramekins, filling each about 3/4 full and set the ramekins in a roasting pan.
Pour hot water into the pan.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil (this will prevent skin forming on the custard) and bake on the lowest rack of the oven for about 1 hour, or until set and a toothpick or sharp knife inserted in the center of a custard comes out clean.
Let the custards cool in the water bath and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Unmold each flan by lightly pressing around the edge of each flan to break the seal.
Invert onto a dessert plate and garnish with cinnamon sticks and mint sprigs.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (356g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8|
|Calories from Fat: 9 (3%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 1g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.1g|
|Cholesterol 26.2mg||8 %|
|Sodium 345.6mg||12 %|
|Potassium 442.4mg||12 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 57.8g||17 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.5g||18 %|
|Sugars, other 53.3g|
|Protein 22.4g||32 %|
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Calories per serving: 315
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