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Meringue flan is surprising because of its simplicity, its attractive appearance and its wonderful taste and texture. A soft, spongy, and very delicate texture. Like a cotton cloud. It is challenging to explain in words how absolutely wonderful it is.
In Brazil, it is called “Pudim de Claras” (egg white pudding), and in Portugal, “Pudim Molotov.”
It is straightforward and easy to make and makes a wonderful delicious light dessert treat, and it looks so pretty too!
My mom used to make it as the solution for the egg whites’ leftover out of the egg yolk used in her famous Quindim recipe. My mom used to make the best quindim in the world. You can ask anyone who has tried it. Another dessert that is always in my childhood memories.
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- 6 Egg white - room temperature
- 3/4 cups Sugar
- 1 pinch Salt
- Lime Zest - or vanilla extract – optional
To grease the pan
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Grease the pan
- Generously grease a 20-23 cm/8-9” diameter tube pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar until all the walls of the pan are covered.
- Turn to remove excess sugar. Set aside.
- Or see notes to use caramel syrup.
- Separate the egg whites from the yolks. See notes.
- Using a clean and grease-free electric mixer with the whisker attachment, beat the egg whites and a pinch of salt on medium-low speed.
- When it starts to foam and acquire a denser consistency, slowly increase the speed and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Continue to increase speed until firm peaks are reached. This can take about 10-15 minutes.
- Stirring constantly, gradually add the sugar, little by little, without stopping beating.
- Beat for about 10 minutes until well incorporated, and stiff peaks form.
- Turn off the mixer and fold in lime zest (or vanilla extract) if using.
- Gently scoop the meringue into a greased tube pan (or with the caramel syrup), taking care not to leave large air pockets between meringue scoops and smooth the top.
- Gently tap the pan onto the counter to avoid air bubbles.
- Smooth the surface with a silicone spatula.
- Bring a kettle with some water to a boil. It will be used to make a water bath (bain-marie) to bake the pudding.
- Place a large ovenproof baking pan into a preheated oven to 350°F/180°C.
- The baking pan must not be too close to the top element, or else the meringue will burn.
- Place the tube pan with the mixture into the baking pan, fill the baking pan with boiling water so that it comes halfway up the tube pan.
- Bake it in a water bath (bain-marie) for 20-35 minutes until firm or until a knife inserted in the centre comes off clean. It must look golden at the top. It will raise above the pan while baking. Then it will shrink as it cools.
- Turn the oven off, open the door slightly and let it stand inside the oven for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and out of the water bath to cool for 10 minutes.
- Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, run the tip of a knife around the inside of the pan so it may unstick.
- If using caramel syrup, heat the base of the pan on the stove to loosen any hardened caramel.
- Place a serving plate over the pan and unmold flan by carefully and quickly flipping it over the serving plate. The flan should slide out easily. If not, give the pan a firm but careful shake.
- Spoon the syrup on top and serve.
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