Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of flan, from vanilla to guava. Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this version a rich, comforting texture.
reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchatel), softened
nonfat or low-fat sweetened condensed milk
nonfat or low-fat evaporated milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook sugar and water in a small saucepan
over medium-high heat, gently swirling the pan (do not stir), until the mixture turns golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Immediately, pour the caramel carefully into a 9-inch round metal cake pan. If it stiffens before it completely covers the bottom of the pan, warm the pan in the oven, then swirl to cover the bottom.
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer at medium-high speed until soft. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides. Add condensed milk, evaporated milk
and vanilla; mix until combined. Carefully pour into the prepared pan. (You may hear some cracking; the pan will be very full.)
Place the cake pan in a larger pan and pour enough hot water around it to come 1 inch up the sides. Bake until golden and set at the edges but still wobbly at the center, about 1 hour. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean.
Transfer the cake pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert the flan onto a plate.
Calories 247, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 160 mg, Sodium 192 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Protein 10 g, Potassium 478 mg. Daily Values: Calcium 18%. Exchanges: Other Carbohydrate 2,Fat 2.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet