Caramel in the microwave

I make a lot of flan these days. Flan, and natillas/custard. A friend of J´s keeps hens, and every other week or so J turns up with a carton of muddy, enormous, gorgeous eggs.
If these eggs arrive when I´ve just bought some perfectly all right but otherwise unremarkable eggs from the shops, there are suddenly too many. So I just have to make a pudding with them, and keep the excellent eggs for poaching.

I make the flan in the pressure cooker, and will post the recipe, but for now, the discovery I´m happiest with. Caramel. That tricky, dangerous thing that I´ve always avoided. It can be made in the microwave, straight in the bowl you´ll use for the flan. isn´t that handy?

I use a soufflé bowl that holds about a litre. So put a couple of tablespoons of sugar in it, and a spoonful of water, and put it in the microwave. Give it twenty second bursts until it´s bubbling malevolenty, looks golden and smells delicious, a minute or so total.

That´s it.

7 comentarios:

Guru dijo...

Es verdad, el caramelo es peligrosísimo. ¿Ya diste con el tiempo del flan para olla?

lobstersquad dijo...

alo Guru. No he dado con el tiempo justo, pero el primer flan estaba buenísimo de todas formas.

Aveen dijo...

Much as I love my pressure cooker, it's never even occurred to me to make flan in it! I will definitely have to try your recipe if you publish it :)

Anne @ Baking Me dijo...

What a wonderful idea, I must give this a try!

ChichaJo dijo...

Genius discovery...thank you for sharing it!

pigsandbishops dijo...

I can't wait to read your flan recipe. Was it you who was writing about making flan in a rice cooker? You keep inspiring me to buy a pressure cooker but I haven't managed to yet (I'll have to save up first).

lobstersquad dijo...

aveen: I have it already, it will be up soon, promise
anne: it works, it does
jo: my pleasure
pigs: soon, I promise. and you can get very gppd pc for 40 quid or som it´s well worth it