Col’ Flan River

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Dat Col’ Flan River… He keeps on rollin’ along…Dat Col' Flan River... He keeps on rollin' along... A flan recipe inspired by the musical Show Boat!

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Ol’ Man River is one of the most famous songs from the musical Show Boat, along with Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Massaman. It is sung by Joe and the other dock workers after Magnolia asks him for advice. He says that she ought to ask the river, which doesn’t seem to care about the world’s troubles, and just keeps on going.

Ol’ Man River,
Dat Ol’ Man River
He mus’ know sumpin’
But don’t say nuthin’,
He jes’ keeps rollin’,
He keeps on rollin’ along.

The song has, of course, also been sung by Frank Sinatra. But then, so has every other song that we’ve featured on this blog (his rendition of Cell Block Mango is pretty awesome).

This flan is rather an unusual one, in that it is low carb and sugar free. It is adapted (with permission) from one of my favorite low carb websites, Low Carb Yum.

To make the top layer (which confusingly starts off as the bottom layer until the flan is inverted), heat sweetener and sugar free honey in a small saucepan. I used xylitol but something like Swerve would also work well.

Once it has melted together, pour it into the base of a 9″ non-stick pie pan, and leave to set.

In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream and water to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Lightly whisk eggs, vanilla extract and more sweetener together in a bowl, then add in half a cup of the cream mixture to the eggs. Stir quickly, then add everything back into the saucepan containing the rest of the cream. Mix well, then pour it over the hardened base.

Place the pie dish in a large baking tray, then fill the larger pan with boiling water so it is about 1″ deep. Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes until the center has set (but still wobbly).

Remove the pie dish from the water, and place it on a cooling rack. Let the flan cool completely, then cover and place in the fridge to thoroughly chill.

To serve, slide a small palette knife around the edge then place a plate over the top. Invert everything together so that the flan drops onto the plate. Serve cold (well chuh, otherwise the recipe would be called Warm Flan River, which would be ridiculous), garnished with some fresh berries.

Dat Col' Flan River... He keeps on rollin' along... A flan recipe inspired by the musical Show Boat!

Serves 6

Col’ Flan River
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup xylitol or similar granulated sweetener, divided
  • 1 tsp sugar free honey
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup water to a boil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • fresh berries, to garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the top layer, heat ½ cup of the sweetener and the sugar free honey in a small saucepan. Once it has melted together, pour it into the base of a 9" non-stick pie pan, and leave to set.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream and water to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Lightly whisk eggs, vanilla extract and remaining ½ cup sweetener together in a bowl, then add in half a cup of the cream mixture to the eggs. Stir quickly, then add everything back into the saucepan containing the rest of the cream. Mix well, then pour it over the hardened base.
  4. Place the pie dish in a large baking tray, then fill the larger pan with boiling water so it is about 1" deep. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the center has set (but still wobbly).
  5. Remove the pie dish from the water, and place it on a cooling rack. Let the flan cool completely, then cover and place in the fridge to thoroughly chill.
  6. To serve, slide a small palette knife around the edge then place a plate over the top. Invert everything together so that the flan drops onto the plate. Serve cold garnished with some fresh berries.
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