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NUTELLA FLAN! + Giveaway

by Kristina Gill

Believe it or not, though I have lived in Italy for almost 20 years, I can count on one hand — maybe one finger — the number of times I’ve had a jar of Nutella in the house. This Flan de Nutella, however, may change all of that! In Chef Gabriela Cámara’s recipe, the simple addition of Nutella transforms flan (the most Mexican of desserts, according to Cámara) into a chocoholic’s dream. It’s a one-bowl creation, and if you know how to make cheesecake, this is even easier. You can find this recipe, and many other mouthwatering creations in Gabriela’s book, My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions with Malena Watrous. —Kristina

Gabriela Cámara is the chef-owner of Mexico City’s most acclaimed and beloved restaurant, Contramar, and its sister restaurant, Cala, in San Francisco. Mentored by Diana Kennedy, Cámara is internationally recognized as the leader of accessible yet sophisticated Mexican cooking. In 2016, Cala was named one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants, Food & Wine’s Restaurant of the Year, and a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best New Restaurant.

For a chance to win a copy of My Mexico City Kitchen respond in the comments section below by May 16, 5PM EST to the following question: What candy brings you back to your fondest childhood memories? We will announce the winner in the comments section, so be sure to check back!

Image above: My Mexico City Kitchen; photography by Marcus Nilsson

Image above: Gabriela in her kitchen.

Image above: National Palace, Mexico City.

Image above: Gabriela’s Mexico City kitchen

Image above: Flan de Nutella, upper right.

 

Flan de Nutella

Nutella Flan

Makes 8 Servings

As a tiny child spending time in Italy, I was obsessed with Nutella. Every kid loves it, and it’s a taste I’ve never outgrown. Back then, Nutella did not exist in Mexico, and I can still remember the excitement when it became available, how we searched for excuses to eat it. At Contramar, we shoved it into an ice cream, and it was delicious. So we decided to experiment by putting it into a flan, which is the most Mexican thing. Everyone loved it, and it has stayed on the menu ever since.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 200g granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp / 45ml water
  • 1⁄2 cup / 120ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 (12 oz / 354ml) cans evaporated milk
  • 2⁄3 cups / 190g Nutella
  • 4 eggs

Preparation

1

Preheat the oven to 325°F / 165°C.

To make the caramel for the bottom of the flan, place the sugar in a small saucepan and cover with the water. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has melted and the liquid is golden but not dark brown. Pour the caramel into a 9-inch / 23cm cake pan with 2 1⁄2-inch / 6cm-high sides or a 10-cup / 2.4L Bundt pan. Set aside.

Bring a full kettle of water to a boil.

In the jar of a blender, pulse the condensed milk, evaporated milk, Nutella, and eggs. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Place the cake pan in a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with the boiling water to reach at least halfway up the outside of the cake pan. Bake for 1 hour.

Place the flan on a cooling rack to cool. When the flan has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

Carefully place a serving plate over the cake pan and invert the pan and plate together so that the flan falls onto the plate. Pour the caramel that remains in the bottom of the cake pan over the top of the flan and serve. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Comments

    • Teodora — that was my very first reaction to the recipe, as well. I was once a Nutella — maybe an all things hazelnut — fiend, but that article changed everything for me… I cannot look at a jar of Nutella without thinking of everything that went into its production — I’ve bid it all a sad farewell — no sweetness in the world is worth all that pain. Thank you for your post.

  • I always remember the tiny Chiclets in the pouch my dad used to bring back from trips, Cadbury from England, and C. Howard’s violet square candies.

  • My grandmother used to make a homemade toffee with black walnuts that came from her tree that had an unusual flavor but so good and we only had them at Christmas.

  • Not sure what they’re called, but the dot candy that were dripped onto paper. These were in no way delicious, but they were visually appealing with their rainbow of colors. Also, if you had a few inches of this candy receipt-like tape, it felt like a feast, even though if you peeled off all of the candy it would only be a teaspoon’s worth. And, to your mother’s satisfaction, kept you busy in the backseat of the car on the long drive home.

  • Not a specific candy, but I have great memories of very serious Halloween candy sorting and trading with my brother. 4 small candies (tootsie rolls) would equal 1 big candy (snickers).

  • Swedish fish. My mom and I used to walk to the general store when I was little. She would always give me a quarter to get a little bag of penny candies. The old Greek lady Soohie who owned the store would never count them, she would just give me a huge handful of swedish Fish in a little paper bag. Having my mom pull me in my wagon to that little store is one o$ my fondest memories. We would always stop on this little bridge by the stream so I could eat my snack and she would smoke her cigarettes. We would look for fish in the water.❤

  • Vanilla fudge at the Jersey Shore! Every summer I would ride my bike to the Candy Kitchen on the boardwalk, stare at all the fudge and salt water taffy for at least 20 minutes, and order vanilla fudge each time. Sweet, rich and creamy with hints of caramel–how summer tastes in my memory.

  • Turtles! I loved the caramel, chocolate & pecans, what a delicious combination. Whenever we went past the candy counter at Sears, I would ask my mother for some of these treats. A second favorite would be the tiny, oval shape, anise flavor candies that came in tins. These were couldn’t be found anywhere but Solvang, CA & were a rare treat for me

  • Butter Fingers! I would trade other candies at Halloween to get them. Whenever my family took a road trip, when stopping for gas, we each got our favorite candy bar—Hershey’s for Dad, Almond Joy for Mom, Baby Ruth for my brother, and Butter Fingers for me.

  • Butterfingers! I would trade other candies for them at Halloween. Whenever my family took a road trip, when stopping for gas, we each got our favorite candy bar—Hershey’s for Dad, Almond Joy for Mom, Baby Ruth for my brother, and Butterfingers for me.

  • Hi everyone,

    I wanted to chime in, re: the concern about hazelnut farmers/workers in the recent article from the NY Times. I appreciate several of you bringing this article to our attention. We share your concern. We also understand anyone who feels they can’t support or buy products connected to the unfair treatment of farm workers.

    Stories of unfair (and outright abuse) treatment of farm workers one are sadly common across a wide variety of food products, both domestically and abroad. For anyone who would like to learn more about those problematic practices (including migrant workers here in the US who are mistreated), including other food/food products that are problematic, here are some places to learn more and ways to support fair growing practices here in the US and abroad:

    https://saf-unite.org/content/buyers-guide
    https://foodtank.com/news/2015/11/twenty-one-organizations-fighting-for-labor-rights-in-the-food-system/
    https://foodispower.org/human-labor-slavery/produce-workers/
    https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/organizations-fighting-food-workers-rights-new-york/ (NY specific)
    https://apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2018/01/18/improving-working-conditions
    https://www.farmworkerjustice.org/support
    https://ufw.org/
    http://ruralmigrantministry.org/en/justice-farmworkers-campaign
    http://www.cmwj.org/what_can_i_do.html

    Grace

  • Portugal, 1970’s
    Quadrados de Marmelada!! That is, quincy jam squares, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside…my great grandmother always had these around!!

  • Man, I loved a Zagnut – lying on my grandma’s living room floor, watching Jeopardy and the Golden Girls. I’ve apparently always been an old lady!

  • So hard to pick a favorite both the candy table at school recess and the movie theater had so many – but I really loved O Henry candy bars -caramel and nuts and chocolate – yum!

  • So hard to pick just one but the movie theater on Sun afternoons and the school recess candy table had so many — I loved O Henry bars with caramel, nuts and chocolate!

  • Gushers . I now understand why my mom never bought them for my siblings and me, but I remember being so excited to go to our cousins’ house where my aunt would stock the pantry with Gushers and all the tasty snacks.

  • My favorite childhood candy was candy lipstick. I can still remember the taste in my mouth, the packaging, the creaminess and the look of it on my mouth. Mmmmmm, I have looked everywhere that I find retro candies, but no one has yet to match that yummy candy lipstick!!

  • Believe it or not, GUMBALLS! I spent so much time as a little kid standing in front of the penny gumball machines while my Mom was in the grocery store hoping somebody would put a penny in for me! And I got so upset if a black (licorice) one came out!

  • Gummy Bears, apparently I would share them with the squirrels outside and my parents would constantly tell me about how we had squirrels knocking on our doors for them. They said they didn’t know squirrels could like them so much. So anytime I see a gummy or have them I think of when I was 4 hearing the story all over again!!!^_^

  • Those little strawberry filled hard candies in the strawberry wrapper that my grandpa always had in his suit pocket.

  • Wintergreen Lifesavers, my father always had them in his pocket and to this day I think of him every time I see them.

  • The candy that brings wonderful childhood memories to mind is Pralines. I remember having a recipe I cut from the carton of milk (or maybe it was buttermilk). I used the recipe for many years and would love to have it again.

  • Pralines –> my mother’s favorite, and while they were a treat for her, they definitely were special when she’d share with the kids (it was rare, despite how giving mama is).

  • Rolos! They will forever remind me of grabbing them by the handful and sneaking outside with my sister to eat them.

  • 3 Musketeers! My mom would rarely let us have candy, so I used to hoard my Halloween candy for weeks—always saving the best for last. My siblings and I would swap and barter our candy in the days after, which brings back sweet memories.

  • NERDS! I was, and still am, mostly a chocolate person when it comes to dessert (Nutella flat = YUM!) but this was the one sugary candy my big brother and I simply adored. We had different favorite flavors and getting to share one of those double-sided packs was such a fun treat that we enjoyed together – we always thought the packs were made like that just for us, or other lucky siblings!

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