Is it Cinco de Mayo yet? Because I’m ready. I made this luscious, low-fat maple flan with berries, thanks to my new ramekins. But you could probably use a 9-inch cake pan instead. Just promise me you’ll try this; without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite desserts on Cooking with Mamma C.
Don’t you just love flan? I get giddy with excitement whenever I see it on the dessert menu. I’d never tried making it though, until I was thumbing through The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook the other day, and this recipe was calling my name. I was hooked by how easy it sounded, and the fact that it uses pure maple syrup instead of any refined sugar. Plus there’s 2% milk and no heavy cream.
I was already feeling psyched when I suddenly remembered that Cinco de Mayo is coming up. Perfect timing! (See, there’s no need for me to plan content for months! I can just fly by the seat of my pants. It’s all good.)
So, I simply added a pinch of salt and berries to the recipe and went with it. I’m so glad I did. I’m in custard heaven, and don’t miss the fat at all.
Plus, my hubby is happy with this dessert, which works out well, since it was our 23rd wedding anniversary Sunday. I have to tell you we’ve really evolved as a couple. We’re so much more easy and relaxed (for Italians). Here’s what I mean.
I woke up Sunday, glanced at Facebook, and was reminded by a memory photo that it was our anniversary. “That’s right,” I thought, and posted a loving note to my hubby on his Facebook page.
He walked into the room, and I wished him “Happy Anniversary!”
He stared at me. “It’s today? I thought it was next week.”
I made us Our Favorite Pancakes, and my hubby told me he would head to my parents’ house early so he could do some plumbing repairs for them before my birthday dinner. (I was sick last week, so we postponed our celebration.) And, while a younger, more selfish, immature me would have wondered what he was going to do for me on our anniversary, the woman I am today couldn’t imagine anything more thoughtful than for him to help out Mom and Dad. I vowed to buy my hubby a nice card when I went grocery shopping.
A few hours later, I stood, puzzled, in the greeting card aisle. “Was I supposed to buy a card for someone?” I asked myself.
Self: “Well, you’re going to Mom and Dad’s for dinner. Is it a special occasion for anyone there?”
“….No. We’re celebrating my birthday and anniversary, so I’ll probably be the one receiving cards.”
Self: “So, you’re good then.”
Several hours later, after devouring Mom’s scrumptious feast that included clam chowder, breaded scallops, her caponata, sautéed broccoli, salad, bread, fruit, and her to-die-for cassata cake, my hubby and I were nearly passed out in the living room when it hit me. “I didn’t buy you a card at the grocery store!”
“It’s okay. I didn’t get you a card either,” my hubby admitted, with a smile.
And then we burst out laughing.
The good thing about getting older is we’re recognizing the value of everyday things we once took for granted. Cards and gifts are nice, but cooking a meal or fixing the toilet can be a more meaningful way to say “I love you.” And, let’s face it, we may not remember to do anything else.
Honey, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the flan.
(Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook, 2000, page 168)