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#FLANFRIDAYS: Smooth Peanut Butter & A Brief Tutorial

It’s baaaaaaaaaaack! Yes, after 2 weeks of a break from sharing a flan, I’m here with a super good and totally orgasmic flavor.

When I first told my dad I was playing around with peanut butter, he squirmed and asked me if I didn’t think I was taking it too far. Of course not, Papi! I mean really? Who doesn’t love peanut butter? As a child, I slathered smooth and crunchy varieties on just about everything, especially my bananas. Even though it’s likely to stick to the roof of your mouth, it’s worth the effort of getting all down.

A legume and not a nut, peanuts are a solid source of protein and are high in fat. A good fat.  We all know it: Peanuts are great for making a delicious peanut sauce in Thai food. Peanut oil is also a great byproduct of the little pod, and wonderful for frying because of its high smoke point. I’m actually pretty curious about the taste it would give to sweet fried plantains.

When I decided to make a peanut butter flan, I was driven by testing out textures. Working with fresh fruit can be tricky. Alcohol- flavored ones are  easy and nutty ones (like the pistachio one I made here) are wonderful on a different level. So using PB  was a game of consistency.

When making flan, any flavored flan, one of the tricks in yielding a perfectly smooth edge is to not overkill in whisking the eggs. You’ll end up with a porous edge which is far from cute. Good, of course. Sexy? Not so much. The exact threshold of having whisked too much can be determined if you have accomplished foam. Avoid foam when combining your custard ingredients. That’s not to say that a porous flan is bad. It’s a matter of aesthetic, appeal and that ooh la la factor. In fact, I have some friends and clients the specifically request for their flan to have all those little outer holes. Surely, I wouldn’t have served Joel Robuchon a hole-y flan! Could you imagine the look the revered chef would have made?! I would have crawled into one of his ovens!

I mention the importance of how you should whisk eggs here because it affected this flan as you can see in the image above. Initially, I didn’t know if I should melt the PB or add it as if– room temperature. I decided to leave it as it was. Probably not the best idea as I had to break down the peanut butter and combine it into the mix. That meant much more whisking than I normally do. I went for it anyway.

Baking time was the same, give or take 3-4 minutes.  And, as it turns out, the flan was off the rockers good!

Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to have much of a peanut butter flavor but it did.  I used smooth {Peanut Butter & Co.}Virginia produced peanut butter given to me by the National Peanut Board (how convenient their offices are 5 minutes from my place!) — and it just so happens to be the best peanut butter I’ve ever had– hands down. And all those little holes meant absolutely nothing and did not keep me or 3 friends from tearing it up. It was rustic looking and a slightly tanner in color, smooth and super creamy in texture and a tad bit less rich than a traditional flan.

It was perfect actually.

Do you think you’d like a PB flan?


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70 thoughts on “#FLANFRIDAYS: Smooth Peanut Butter & A Brief Tutorial

  1. Mmmhhh, terrific! The flan invasion has started again!!! This one would surely be one of my favorite flans. Great tips.



  2. I am always making flans and playing with different flavors. I always look forward to yours.

    Happy New Year!

  3. OMGeez…Another Flantacious treat! Thanks Bren aka ChefB…you have allowed me to step out on cooking with faith…I have become daring with your recipe’s. I enjoy every minute of cooking now and I don’t feel like I have limited choices with my meals. Thanks again for Flanboyantly making my household menu tastier than ever.

  4. Ok, granted,it probably is all you say, and then some… I still think I’ll pass. That, of course, doesn’t detract in anything of the quality or even taste, after all I have no claim to exclusivity on what is “rico”, tasty :-). Pics are great, as usual. Found content a little too technical for me, though.

  5. bueno aunque la mantequilla de mani no es muy fuerte a pesar del alimento que tiene .no es de mi agrado. pero voy haccerlo en flan. a lo mejor me gusta por que ese se ve delicioso gracias chef

  6. I tried some when Bren first mentioned it. You wouldn’t have expected the taste of peanut butter to be as distinct but not so overpowering that it was off putting.

    I made sure to eat it slowwwwwly so I could savor the flavor. Definitely something worth trying, especially if you love the taste of peanut butter.

  7. Rosa: yes, it’s back and i’m so excited… if u ever try making flan, def. go for this! you’ll love!

    Norma: Thanks, Norma… please share if you ever make one of my flans! Would love to hear about it.

    Lori: Thanks girl and get in that kitchen! It’s not a scary or bad place! It’s very, very comforting and the feeling of making great food yourself and family is so fabulous! Can’t wait to see you back! 🙂

    David: give it up! you know it rocks… i swear to goodness it’s delicioso. you have to trust me on this one!

    Laura: LOVE that! 🙂

    Carmen: mami tratalo. te va gustar… tiene un sabor muy rico sin ser muy fuerte en sabor de mani.

    Rohan: so it was this one! yay you. glad you liked. i’m ready to make another one!

  8. Holey flan, this looks delicious! Great tip about avoiding holey flans, I get holey Creme Caramels also if they are slightly overcooked (little boiling bubbles keep going even though the egg has solidified).

    Can I put in a special-request for a Nutella flan recipe?Since you’re on a nutty kick, anyway!



  9. Mmmmmmm!!! Ok. Next project. I’m hiring you to make a dark chocolate ganache peanut butter flan please & thank you!

  10. I know my daughter would love this flan. She’s been telling me to make peanut butter for her. I downloaded the pdf but there is no recipe in there Bren.

  11. Laura: thanks for checking it out. the egg thing is something I hadn’t talked about before so I’m glad you all are chiming in. Nutella flan! Yes, absolutely! Maybe next Friday! : )

    Miesha: Come get your dark chocolate ganache.. will be ready whenever you are!

    LIz: hahaha! I love that !

    Ivy: Did you get my comment on your FaceBook?? 🙂 Your daughter will in love this for sure!

    Sandra: YES! It’s that kinda thing!

    DuoDishes: You know I don’t even know if you’re ever made a flan. Have you?
    If not, try this first and then let me know how it goes!

    Magic of Spice: Me too! It’s about that time for me to make another one!

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