A touch of fresh ginger adds dimension to these pumpkin flans. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 1997

Ruth Cousineau


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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath.

  • Combine 3/4 cup sugar with 1/3 cup water in a small heavy saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until sugar melts. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, without stirring, until caramel turns amber, 5 to 7 minutes. (Watch so that it does not burn.) Carefully pour caramel into six 3/4-cup ramekins and tilt to coat insides evenly. Set aside.

  • Whisk eggs, egg whites and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, ginger and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Stir in low-fat and evaporated milks. Pour into prepared ramekins. Skim off any air bubbles.

  • Place a folded kitchen towel in a roasting pan. Place ramekins on towel. Add enough boiling water to the pan to come halfway up the outsides of the ramekins.

  • Bake flans until a knife inserted in their centers comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove ramekins from water and let cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

  • To serve, run a knife around the edge of each flan and invert into shallow dessert bowls.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; 2.1 g total fat; 0.8 g saturated fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 113 mg sodium. 298 mg potassium; 45.3 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 43 g sugar; 8.4 g protein; 6630 IU vitamin a iu; 2 mg vitamin c; 18 mcg folate; 153 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 26 mg magnesium;

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Delish! I made the "carmel" with regular sugar and used 1/3 cup of Splenda in the custard. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly (except cutting the recipe in half & dividing it among 4 ramekins). My husband HATES flan or custard-y desserts but absolutely loved this! It's rich and flavorful and sweet yet light. He was shocked that it was less than 200 calories! A great Fall dessert. I will be making this again!! Pros: Easy flavorful great Fall dessert recipe rich & creamy yet light! Read More