6 to 8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle 1 cup sugar in a medium-sized heavy saucepan; place over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar melts and turns a light golden brown. Quickly pour hot caramelized sugar into a 2-quart flan dish. Using oven mitts, tilt dish to evenly coat bottom and sides. Let stand 5 minutes (sugar will harden).

Step 2

Whisk together egg yolks, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 3

Process egg whites, cream cheese, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in blender until smooth. Stir egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl; pour custard over caramelized sugar.

Step 4

Place dish in a large shallow pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of one-thrid up sides of dish.

Step 5

Bake at 350º for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove dish from water bath; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Step 6

Run a knife around edge of flan to loosen; invert onto a serving plate.

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