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Quinoa and Apple Flan

Quinoa and Apple Flan

Less silky and more grainy than the usual flan, the Quinoa and Apple Flan is made partly with eggssweetened condensed milk and one Granny Smith apple - which gives the dish a light fruit flavor.


Ingredients
1/3
cup
Quinoa
1
Granny Smith apple or any other acidic apple, peeled and chopped
1
cinnamon stick
1 1/2
cups
water (plus 2 tablespoons)
1
cup
sugar
1
can
sweetened condensed milk
1
can
unsweetened evaporated milk
1
can
cooking liquid of the quinoa
4
eggs
1
teaspoon
vanilla essence
*
whipped cream, for garnish
*
fruits, for garnish
*
mint leaves, for garnish
Directions
Cook quinoa with apple, cinnamon stick, and 1 ½ cup water, over medium heat for 15 minutes or until soft. Let cool. Strain, reserving the cooking liquid, and measure 1 cup of quinoa with apples.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt sugar with 2 tablespoons water, and cook over high heat until lightly golden.
Turn off the heat and pour a small amount of caramel in six ramekins, or one round cake pan (be careful, the caramel is extremely hot and may cause bad burns in the skin).
In the blender, process quinoa, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened evaporated milk, vanilla, and 1/2 can of the reserved cooking liquid.
Pour in the ramekins and accommodate all in a large baking pan, with at least a 2-inch rim because we are adding 1 inch hot water, so the flans can bake in a water bath.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Turn off the oven, take out the flans, and let them cool at room temperature. Chill overnight.
Unmold and garnish with whipped cream, fruits, and mint leaves.

The base number of servings for this recipe is 6
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