Pumpkin Flan with Caramel Sauce + Giveaway.

UPDATE: CONGRATS, TERRI!  Your name was PICKED–The CD and dish towels are on their way!!!  

Thanksgiving yum is on the horizon.  In the right hand column →→→you’ll see a Holiday Cookbook link next to a Gold Ball under “Find Your Favorite Recipe“. Here, I’ve put together dozens of recipes that might suit your table. Also included is a super-simple segment and there are a few recipes suitable for gift-giving, as well.

Feel free to “regift” my gift, if you win (-:

The recipe for pumpkin flan below tastes like a Thanksgiving dessert should taste, but it’s not super heavy.  I’m in the middle of writing a new book, THE MAIDEN TOWER, which is replete with Cuban cuisine, such as this, so I’ll be working on a number of Cuban recipes in the coming months. Any Cuban favorites out there? Any Abuelos or Abuelas in the group? If so, I’m listening!
So here’s the GIVEAWAY, re-giftaway, if you prefer. While in Portugal last month, I purchased several embroidered kitchen towels, which could be used (or regifted!) in the upcoming holiday season.

It’s not the expected sort of thing you’d find in a Giveaway, but why not? This blog feels at home in the kitchen. I’m also throwing in an Audio Book of my newly released book: THE WELCOME HOME DINER.

I’ll draw from the selection of comments (below link)  to select a winner, and will update this post Nov. 28th  and announce. (If you subscribe to this post, you’ll get the note in your in-box).

Don’t forget your Furbabies this Thanksgiving. Here my pal, JC, serves up sautéed Turkey livers and gizzards to his dogs.

I’ve been hosting a Lake Union Author page this week, which has been enlightening. I’m gaining much insight into our readership. For instance, when starting off this hideous week, reeling from the Texas tragedy, I asked readers  who they received more comfort from:  their furbabies or us humanoids.

Get this: I received over sixty comments, most including pictures of pets. Only ONE PERSON  wrote that human beings gave them more comfort than their pets. Humans VS animals. Whose the “animal”, right?

This group chooses a book each month to read and then discuss. November’s pick was THE WELCOME HOME DINER. I’d love to have any of you join our chat on November 30th–lots of interesting, oftentimes thorny, topics surrounding the plot will be involved. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/2jeMoo5

So here’s my question. Your answer will be entered into the giveaway:

If you could only select one dish to eat on Thanksgiving (BESIDES TURKEY), what would it be???

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Recipe: Abuela’s Pumpkin Flan


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone or cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon crème of tartar (to prevent sugar syrups from crystallizing)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the custard, in a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until combined. Whisk in sugar, milks, mascarpone or cream cheese, pumpkin, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt. (If mascarpone or cream cheese don’t incorporate well, give it a few whirs in a food processor.) Stir to release air bubbles. Reserve.
  3. To make the caramel, place sugar, water and crème of tartar in a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and boil, without stirring, until caramel turns the color of apple cider, 6-8 minutes. Watch carefully as it is very easy to burn caramel. (At this time, you will also want to bring a separate pot of water to a low boil for the bain marie.)
  4. Remove caramel from heat and carefully pour mixture into mold or ramekin. Even a small bit of errant caramel may cause a bad burn. Swirl it around to coat entire bottom and sides. Let caramel cool and harden, 2-3 minutes.
  5. When caramel has hardened, pour custard into mold or ramekins. Pour hot water into the baking dish so it cover 2/3’s of the mold or ramekins.
  6. Carefully place baking dish(es) on the center rack of oven. Bake until the center of the custard is set and firm to the touch, about 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from water bath and transfer to a rack until cool. Refrigerate 4-24 hours.
  8. To make the garnish, if using. in a pre-heated 350 degree oven, toss the pumpkin seeds with cardamom and honey. Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper and spread with seed mixture. Bake until seeds are toasty, 5-7 minutes. Cool.
  9. To plate the flan after it has been chilled: Shimmy a spatula around the sides of flam. Place a plate large enough to incorporate flan and hold firmly over flan. Flip the pan, and let flan slide onto plate, allowing caramel to drizzle over the top. For ramekins, do the same thing.
  10. Garnish with honeyed pumpkin seeds, if using, and serve.

* EQUIPMENT: You will need a pie pan, individual ramekins or another mold of your choice. You will also need a baking dish large enough to accommodate the mold or ramekins. It will be used as a bain marie for baking the custard in hot water.

35 minutes to make the custard and caramel

45 minutes baking time

4-24 hours resting time in fridge

Number of servings (yield): 8-10 SERVINGS

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