I am so excited to be in Brazil! And guess what, I'm still cooking! Yesterday, my lovely "Brazilian mom", Diane and I made this flan. We had no idea how it would turn out as we just kinda threw things in. It was so much fun, and to make it even better, it turned out amazing!!! It tasted just like a pumpkin cheesecake and wasn't too sweet. I can't wait to try out all the new and different foods they have here. I almost passed out with excitement when we went to the grocery store :) I can't wait to go back when I'll have more time!
Pudim Abóbora (Pumpkin Flan)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup of heavy cream (or one box of crema de leite)
5 oz cream cheese
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar (for caramelizing)
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small skillet, over low heat, melt the sugar. Stirring constantly so it won't burn, smooth out all the lumps until it turns a deep golden color. Once sugar is melted, pour into a round cake pan or traditional flan mold. Set aside
In a blender, combine remaining ingredients. Once blended, pour over the top of the melted sugar. Place cake pan in an water bath and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for several hours. Once cool, run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to loosen flan. Place a large plate on the open end of the cake pan and flip quickly so the flan will land nicely on the plate. Serve chilled or at room temperature.