This is a spiced up variation of a delicious dessert served at La Riera restaurant in Sant Marti Vell, in Spain’s Emporda region. Be sure to prepare it several hours before serving as it must cool to be unmolded.
6 Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup heavy cream
5 large eggs
1. In large saucepan over low heat, combine apples, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cook 15 minutes or until apples are soft. Puree in blender or food processor and set aside. In small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture turns a golden amber color, indicating that the sugar has caramelized. Remove from heat and carefully stir in spices (mixture may sputter). Immediately pour caramelized sugar into a 2-quart oven-proof mold, turning the mold to coat the entire bottom with caramelized sugar; set aside.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In small saucepan, bring cream to boil; immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. In large bowl, beat eggs well; gradually add cream, beating constantly. Fold in apple puree; pour mixture in caramel coated mold. Place large roasting pan in oven; fill pan 1 inch up with water; place flan mold in center of pan and bake 1 1/2 hours or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Cool flan to room temperature; dip bottom of mold into warm water to melt caramel bottom slightly. Invert flan onto rimmed serving platter and remove mold. Serve.