Saturday, July 18, 2009

Flan v. Tembleque

I am reading Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell in preparation to see the Julie and Julia movie next month.

For those of you, who aren't familiar with the book, it's based on a blog created by Julie Powell.

The book is sumptuous; it's written superbly, intelligent and funny. While reading about Powell's fear of eggs (sorry, you will have to read the book) it reminded me of my dislike of Flan.

Flan, "Crème caramel, or caramel custard is a rich custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top, as opposed to crème brûlée, which is custard with a hard caramel top."

Some might consider this Latina blasphemy, but the runny texture makes my stomach flop.

I prefer coconut pudding or Tembleque as Puerto Ricans call the light coconut custard that shakes like Jell-O. Jiggle it, baby!

Here's an easy recipe:

If you like to follow food blogs, here's a lovely one with awesome recipes and photos:


  1. I don't think I've ever had the Puerto Rican dessert, but flan is probably one of my favorite dishes in the world. SO YUM : )

  2. I was like you; I didn't like Flan either until I made it myself. OMG, it's so creamy & delish. I can't stand very eggy flan. That's why I don't buy it from any restaurant or supermarket. Maybe it's the consistency you don't like? I also love Tembleque. Puerto Rican food is so yummy.

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