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Creme Caramel

Servings: 6
Creme Caramel is a custard that has been baked in a Caramel-coated mold. When the chilled custard is turned out onto a serving plate it is automatically glazed and sauced with the caramel in the mold. In Italy it is known as Crema Caramella, and in Spain as Flan.

1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
Cooking spray
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh Raspberries or Strawberries, (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 3
tablespoons water in a small, heavy
saucepan over medium-high heat; cook
until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
Continue cooking an additional 4 minutes
or until golden. Immediately pour into 6
(6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups
coated with cooking spray, tilting each
cup quickly until caramelized sugar coats
bottom of cup. Set aside.

Beat eggs and egg white in a medium
bowl with a whisk. Stir in milk, vanilla, 2/3
cup sugar, and salt. Divide the mixture
evenly among prepared custard cups.
Place cups in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan,
and add hot water to pan to a depth of 1
inch. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50
minutes or until a knife inserted in center
comes out clean. Remove cups from pan.
Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Loosen edges of custards with a knife or
rubber spatula. Place a dessert plate,
upside down, on top of each cup; invert
onto plates. Drizzle any remaining
caramelized syrup over custards. Garnish
with raspberries, or strawberries, if desired.

Makes: 6 servings

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: February 27, 2002