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Raisin Bread Flan Recipe

Updated on June 5, 2011
 A flan dessert, but better!
A flan dessert, but better!
 This is the kind of raisin bread you're looking for chock full of raisins and cinnamon swirls!
This is the kind of raisin bread you're looking for chock full of raisins and cinnamon swirls!
 If there are holes fill with extra sugar and reheat!
If there are holes fill with extra sugar and reheat!
 This isn't a desert for kids to make, at least not until after the melted sugar part! Use oven mitts & caution not to set them on fire over the flame!
This isn't a desert for kids to make, at least not until after the melted sugar part! Use oven mitts & caution not to set them on fire over the flame!
 Add about 1/3 Flan mixture!
Add about 1/3 Flan mixture!
 Add about 3 pieces of bread torn in 1 inch pieces.
Add about 3 pieces of bread torn in 1 inch pieces.
 After adding 1/3 liquid add about another 3 pieces of bread and repeat!
After adding 1/3 liquid add about another 3 pieces of bread and repeat!
 The pan placed in 13x9x2 casserole dish filled with boiling water half way up the pan.
The pan placed in 13x9x2 casserole dish filled with boiling water half way up the pan.
 After 30 minutes in the oven, knife comes out cleanly!
After 30 minutes in the oven, knife comes out cleanly!
 A sea of raisin and cinnamon goodness!
A sea of raisin and cinnamon goodness!
 What could be better...
What could be better...
 Never mind!
Never mind!

Is It A Pudding Or Is It A Flan?

The Inspiration for this dish came from an old croissant Bread Pudding recipe that used croissants and a Flan mixture in a double broiler to make a delicious Bread Pudding dessert! Bread Pudding is a great way to work away stale bread to make an easy inexpensive dessert, the problem with the Croissant Bread Pudding recipe was that croissants are fairly expensive and because of their high calorie count, not a bread that most people have in stock. When you do buy croissants they come in bulk! So not only do you have a high calorie dessert, then you have a large quantity of croissant left to consume! When I made the Croissant Pudding I added raisins and cinnamon, and I always had problems getting the raisins to stay in the right places ( and not float away)! Then one day I was looking at some raisin bread in the grocery store, the calorie count was only 170 calories for two slices, it had cinnamon swirls and the cost was a mere $2.18 a loaf! Ureka! I had an ideal bread substitute for croissants that was not only a lot cheaper, but saved me from having to buy raisins or cinnamon and it saved me a boat load of calories at the same time!

A true Hybrid! Flan has always been a favorite dessert of mine. It's easy to make, inexpensive and has that wonderful caramel topping. So I decided to revamp to Croissant Bread Pudding dessert by using raisin bread and Flan mixture ( the only exception is substitute 1 Tbs. sugar for brown sugar) and do the caramel topping just like a Flan. So this is a true Flan only raisin bread added to it. It has the best that puddings and Flan has to offer, it has the wonderful texture and raisins and cinnamon form the raisin bread and it has the great taste and caramel topping of a Flan! It is both! A true hybrid in every sense of the word! If you like flan or pudding this desert is bound to please your palate! It is not nearly as sweet as you would think, and taste great with whip cream topping! If you prefer the taste of Flan to pudding then you can scald the milk and use 2 Tbs. of sugar (instead of 1 sugar & 1 brown sugar). When buying the raisin bread try to pick a brand that has cinnamon swirls and lots of raisins!

Ingredients

4 table spoons sugar

1 table spoon sugar & 1 table spoon brown sugar

2 cups milk

4 eggs beaten

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 loaf of raisin bread

Directions

Take a metal cake pan put in the 4 table spoons of sugar ( add more if needed) over the stove and caramelize the sugar. Use oven mitts or pot holders melted sugar is extremely hot! Use low heat move pan constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. After you have a golden layer of melted sugar on the bottom, set pan aside. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl except for the bread. Take this liquid mixture and pour about a third of it over the caramelized sugar. Next tear the raisin bread into about 1 inch pieces and place on top of the liquid when the liquid is covered with bread add more liquid. continue layering this way until the pan is full usually about 10 slices of bread, just make sure all bread used is well saturated. when full place pan in 13 x 9 x 2 in. casserole dish, pour boiling water into the casserole dish about half way up the flan pan and then place in preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a knife comes out quickly. When done, refrigerate until cool, pull out and run a knife along side the pan, then place a plate on top and flip the pan over the plate. Gently raise the pan, cut and serve with cream topping!

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    • Anne Pettit profile image

      Anne Pettit 6 years ago from North Carolina

      mmmmmmmm, this looks great!!!!! I love flan and I will try this.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      If you love Flan You will really like this desert! Thanks Anne Pettit for your post!

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      I love the food here! From its looks I am quite sure that it is awesome!=) Thanks for the recipe. =)

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      The proof really is in the pudding (or Flan) LOL! I must confess it is good! Thank you jeanie.stecher for your post!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      An inventive twist on bread pudding,cinnamin in desserts are a favorite;)

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      judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      This sounds delicious. I love bread pudding and I love flan! Combining the two was genius!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Mentalist acer for your post! I was thinking that stale cinnamon rolls used in the same manner as the Raisin Bread would also be awesome!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      If you like Flan & Bread Pudding, you will love this. This desert can be made in 45 minutes, put in the freezer for 45 minutes and then served. Total time 1 1/2 hours ( your guest will think you spent much longer making it)! Thanks judydianne for your post!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...this really looks good and not so sweet. Thanks for this recipe.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Yes, it is sweet, but not overly sweet! I hope you try it Peggy W! It's easy, inexpensive and soooo good! Thanks for your post!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Actually printed it out. Plan to make it in the near future. Again, thanks for the recipe.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      What an awesome variation on flan!! Do you bake it at 350 degrees?

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I am not really know the differences between pudding and flan. But now I know well about pudding and flan. I think flan is so delicious. I really enjoy your recipes and it look easy to make this one. I'll show this to my mother. Vote this Up.

      Prasetio

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Peggy For your post, make sure you bake it at 350 degrees,I just reedited thanks goes to habee!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Yes, that was an omission on my part! Bake at 350 good heads up! Thanks habee!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks prasetio30 for your post! The nice thing about this recipe is you can do it as is or make it taste more like flan by using 2 tbs of sugar instead of 1 tbs sugar and 1 brown sugar and scalding the milk!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I really, really love bread pudding (I have a great recipe somewhere here on HP) and my daily breakfast is raisin bread toast... so this is especially intriguing to me! Going to have to try this recipe soon. Looks yummy - thumbs up!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      I do enjoy raisin bread and flan so bread pudding is perfect.Thanks for the recipe - this is a popular one around the house nifty.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      I agree stephhicks68, bread pudding is a great desert! Also an ideal way to use up stale bread. I'm going to check out your recipe! Thank you for posting!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      You're welcome billyaustindillon! Once you get past the sugar topping part this recipe is pretty easy!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Oh my goodness, words can not express just how much I love raisin bread flan. It is truly a weakness of mine. I'm bookmarking this hub. So that I can try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Money Glitch for your post! I'm sure you'll enjoy this Raisin Bread Flan recipe, it's easy, inexpensive and really good tasting!

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Looks delish - I will have to try it. I love flan and bread pudding. Too bad they have so many calories - but once in a while - we gotta splurge! Thanks for the recipe.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Making flan there's no getting around using real sugar! That's what makes this desert taste better than just plain pudding! On the plus side, if you fix it for your family, I can guarantee you it will disappear quickly! Thanks elayne001 for your post!

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      mioluna 6 years ago

      I love flan! Thank you for the great recipe nifty@50. Kept it in my cookbook.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks mioluna for your post! With this recipe you can scald the milk and make it taste like Flan or not scald it so it will taste more like raisin pudding! Either way I think you will like it!

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      Guanta 6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you nifty@50, I'm definately going to try this recipe. I love both flan and bread pudding, but to combine them...what a concept. Thanks again.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks Guanta for your kind words & post! I too love both Flan & Bread pudding! Now I don't have to choose LOL!

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      whalefeather2 4 years ago

      Looks great will try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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