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Cream Cheese and Lemon Flan

By Joseph Yacino

The original recipe calls for a pastry crust. You can use one if you want. Make it yourself or even buy one. This is crust-less which in my mind makes it just a bit healthier for you.

creamy lemon brulee

cream cheese and lemon flan

Serves 4-6

1 package (8 ounces/225g) softened cream cheese
4 large eggs
½ cup/125ml heavy cream
Juice of 4 lemons (about ¼ cup/60ml)
Grated rind of 1 lemon
¼ cup/59ml sugar
1 teaspoon/5ml pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon/1ml salt
⅛ teaspoon/.5ml nutmeg
1 tablespoon/15ml softened butter
1 tablespoon/15ml sugar, for sprinkling on top

In a mixing bowl place cream cheese and beat until soft and airy (about 2 minutes on high with a stand mixer/200 strokes by hand). Add in eggs, heavy cream, lemon juice and rind, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and nutmeg. Mix until well combined.  Butter glass or ceramic custard cups. Pour cream cheese mixture into the buttered cups. Place on a baking sheet to catch any spillage. Put the baking sheet in a preheated 425F/218C/Gas Mark 7 oven. Pour hot water to into the baking sheet to come part way up the custard cups (this is now a bain marie).  Bake for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 350F/176C/Gas Mark 4. Sprinkle the custard tops with sugar and bake for another 10-15 minutes. The custard should be puffed and slightly browned. Remove from sheet pan and let cool. You can do this in advance. Place cooled flan in the fridge. Bring out to come to room temperature before serving.


Los Trés Papas: Sending Your Daughter Off to College


So your daughter is headed off to college.  Aside from making sure she’s got enough food, and that you’ve bought out every store in a 25-mile radius so that she won’t have to buy any school supplies, toiletries, linens or cute dorm room decorations for at least 100 years, what else do you do?

We asked Lance Irvine what he’d recommend.  Lance’s daughter just graduated this past spring with a degree in Accounting and is gearing up for the CPA exam.  Even in this economy, she was able to get a job shortly after graduation.  So it looks like Lance did a pretty good job launching this daughter.

“Don’t go anywhere alone at night, even when you’re in a rural area!” cautions Lance, noting that there really isn’t anywhere that one could call “totally safe.”

“Always go with a group of friends,” he continues.  “We actually had a tracker on her cell phone. . . . we could tell where she was within 10 feet.”  Contrary to being mortified, their daughter was relieved.  “This way, she knew that if God forbid anything happened we could find her, or at least her phone, quickly. . . . they are still just so naive at that age.”

So send your daughter off to school, with a group of friends, a phone that can find her, and the best advice of all . .  .there’s safety in numbers.

Lance Irvine, 40, is the proud dad of a brood of kids – from seven-year-old Hunter to 23-year-old Harrison, with a few boys and girls in between!  He and his wife Becky have run Atlantic Boat & Jet Ski Rentals in Pompano Beach (east of the Intracoastal, north side of Atlantic Boulevard) for the past eight years.

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