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In search of the best 'Flan' on the Camino?

RENSHAW

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So , most of the time when feasting on a pilgrims menu , it ends off with a small tub of yogurt or an ice cream? my advice is ask for an alternative , a flan which most restaurants and bars have.
My best flan ever was in a small town 10 miles from Burgos , a goat's milk flan - I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
In Viana I was presented with a form of a 'whole wheat' flan which had more body to it. it was the equivalent to brown bread or brown rice - does anyone have a recipe for it? I am just one of these people that think that white bread or rice can be second best russia and camino 2014 026.JPG
 
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You’ll probably disqualify my entry: either on the basis that it was not on “The” Camino (but it was on “A” Camino - Le Puy...), or on the basis that it was not part of a Pilgrim Menu (but it was on a menu...), or on the basis that it wasn’t described as a Flan (described as a Tarte), or maybe all of the above...🙃

I any event, I submit the Tarte aux Fruits Rouges, sampled in Aubrac in 2019 BC...

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RENSHAW

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You’ll probably disqualify my entry ....

Not a chance , it sure looks GOOOOOD!
Edit - this keeps in line with the simplicity and history of food? Like my flan . was probably made the same 100 years ago , so your Tarta has been made the same way with the same ingredients for generations?
 
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RJM

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Ate a lot of flan(s) on the Camino. Some good, some processed but none really all that bad. Besides, I'm always hungry when walking the Camino. Everything tastes good to me.
Personally I feel I make the best flan. Have made several recipes but the one I like the best has coffee included in the recipe. Yum...
 
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I'd never seen 'Flan' till I went on my first Camino.

I think the closest Brit equivalent would be Creme Caramel?

But I had a very yummy one in Fonfria!

I buy my " Custard tarts" in the supermarket and just pretend! OK so flans they aint
but hey who cares, my stomach still thinks its on Camino :)

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If there is a "best" flan I've never had it. In fact, I've never had a good flan. 😂
I've had plenty of "not so good" flans on the Camino. They are made from box mixes like our "instant" powder pudding mixes in the US. However, when you hit a Pilgrim meal jackpot and the included dessert is a home-made flan, it is definitely the very "best"...yum!😋
 

jflorez

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Having just returned from the CF just last week, I can agree that most flan found on menu's is mostly mediocre. But, as previously mentioned, when you get that home-made flan it has you searching for more, as was the case in Melide at the restaurant Pulperia Garnacha. The pulpo there was the second best I had on the Camino (best was in Finisterre at El Puerto de Fisterra on Paseo Ribeira at the port), but the flan was excellent, as was several other home-made postres that night. Definitely recommend both the pulpo and flan at Pulperia Garnacha in Melide.
 

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Ohhh, I just located he photo I'd taken of one of my favorite flans on the Norte at a restaurant in Cornellana on the main street, but I can not recall its name.
Notice all the whip cream and yummy sauce and the flan peeking out...I think I'd already had a bite or two.😋
P.S. The texture of homemade flan is entirely different than those package mixes, which are smooth and rather slimy.😝
Edit- That said, I am happy and thankful for any meal put before me on the Camino...grateful is the word.

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Here's the recipe.: Make caramel: Melt a cup of sugar in very little water in a heavy pan until it turns brown. Pour a little into the bottom of 12 ramkins (depends on size). Cool until set.
Flan: beat 10 eggs in 2 litres of milk, if you like it sweet, add one tin(300ml) condensed milk. Strain twice. Pour into the ramkins: cook in a bain maire for 90 minutes at 150C. You can cook this in a microwave if you don't use the caramel, or pour the caramel over the set egg custard after. In Portugal, they make a single big cream caramel in a streamer (Like the English use for steam puddings) and cut slices.
Spanish and French cooking does not believe that cholesterol is a bad thing.
 
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RENSHAW

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Here's the recipe.: Make caramel: Melt a cup of sugar in very little water in a heavy pan until it turns brown. Pour a little into the bottom of 12 ramkins (depends on size). Cool until set.
Flan: beat 10 eggs in 2 litres of milk, if you like it sweet, add one tin(300ml) condensed milk. Strain twice. Pour into the ramkins: cook in a bain maire for 90 minutes at 150C. You can cook this in a microwave if you don't use the caramel, or pour the caramel over the set egg custard after. In Portugal, they make a single big cream caramel in a streamer (Like the English use for steam puddings) and cut slices.
Spanish and French cooking does not believe that cholesterol is a bad thing.
I will try this someday and post a pic . PS. there is no cholesterol , vegetarians or vegans in Spain.
 

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Here's the recipe.: Make caramel: Melt a cup of sugar in very little water in a heavy pan until it turns brown. Pour a little into the bottom of 12 ramkins (depends on size). Cool until set.
Flan: beat 10 eggs in 2 litres of milk, if you like it sweet, add one tin(300ml) condensed milk. Strain twice. Pour into the ramkins: cook in a bain maire for 90 minutes at 150C. You can cook this in a microwave if you don't use the caramel, or pour the caramel over the set egg custard after. In Portugal, they make a single big cream caramel in a streamer (Like the English use for steam puddings) and cut slices.
Spanish and French cooking does not believe that cholesterol is a bad thing.
Too much work for me, but it sounds delightful and I'm sure that is exactly the reason that home-made flan is so awesome!
 

DyanTX

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Not sure how you would get a whole wheat flan as there is no wheat component to any recipe I've seen? I probably ate flan at least a dozen times across the CF. I've made it at home as well - 😋
 
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I think I may have had thé tarte aux pommes. When on the French caminos, I feel it’s just as well I’m walking 25-30 kms a day. 😎
Don't know how I missed this bakery on the Aubrac with the colorful fruit tarte shown earlier and now this new tarte...excellent!
 

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Hands down the best flan you can find on the Camino is a proper Flan Catalàn, but that's to be found really only on the Via del Ebro and the Camì Catalàn/Camino Ignaciano, and then only in Catalonia, and even there you have to get lucky.

A good Castilian flan is acceptable, but it pales in comparison to a properly prepared Catalan one.
 
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Hi Jabba, I'll take any flan prepared properly with a tried and true recipe. Perhaps the Catalan recipe has found its way to other areas of Spain.🙂
I had a friend who made made flan from scratch; a recipe from her grandmother in Brazil. It was outstanding and was my first experience.
 

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Hi Jabba, I'll take any flan prepared properly with a tried and true recipe. Perhaps the Catalan recipe has found its way to other areas of Spain.🙂
Doubtful, though there is a version of it in French Catalonia. Maybe in Valencia ? It really is different from even other good flans.
 

RJM

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Many really good flan recipes out there and most are very easy and quick to make. The longest part of the process is the chilling to let it set properly. A good flan pan also helps. You can find them online.
 
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In Michener’s book Iberia he devoted some of the chapter Madrid on flan. A man known as Don Manalo was the master of making flan. His recipe is part of that chapter. Very detailed.
 
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You’ll probably disqualify my entry: either on the basis that it was not on “The” Camino (but it was on “A” Camino - Le Puy...), or on the basis that it was not part of a Pilgrim Menu (but it was on a menu...), or on the basis that it wasn’t described as a Flan (described as a Tarte), or maybe all of the above...🙃

I any event, I submit the Tarte aux Fruits Rouges, sampled in Aubrac in 2019 BC...

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