Because I am not a baker at heart, I am always on a quest for easy to prepare desserts with that WOW factor... great taste and stunningly good looks and of course easy to make. Over the next couple of months I will be posting a series of WOW factor desserts. The first is a very easy and very versitile fruit flan.
This flan is a real master of disguise! Tonight it was served as a mixed berry fruit flan, but next week it could be a rich chocolate cherrry cordial flan.
My favorite kind of recipes are those that are more like formulas than recipes with writen-in-stone directions and ingredients.
Unsing this flan recipe, with a quick change of the cake or sauce or filling or whipped cream flavor you can have a new and exciting flan. You are only limited by your imagination!
The secret to this recipe is the pan. A fluted flan pan is necessary. It molds a rim that is easy to fill with all kinds of delicious goodies.
1 boxed cake mix- kind with pudding in the mix, brownie mix, pound cake
Spreadable jelly, jam, sauce, pie filling, or topping such as chocolate, butterscothch peanut butter etc.
Berries, shaved chocolate, fruit etc.
Whipped cream or cool whip
2 cups heavy cream, cold
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TBS sugar
In a chilled bowl whip heavy cream with mixer on high until soft peaks form. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.
Preheat oven according to directions on cake box. Spray flan pan liberally with cooking spray. Make cake according to box directions.
Pour 1/2 cake batter in flan pan and bake according to box directions.
When completely cooled, spread well with sauce. I used Homemade Raspberry Sauce. Click HERE for recipe.
Top with homemade whipped cream.
For my next flan I'm thinking a lemon pound cake with lemon curd filling topped with blueberries and light meringue.... or a chocolate fudge, no, brownie cake with a peanut butter/cream cheese filling and chocolate chips with mocha whipped cream....
I am participating in Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum. http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2010/02/foodie-fridays-1st-anniversary-party.html