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Thursday, February 24, 2011

FFwD Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flans

This week the FFwD group is doing short ribs in red wine and port. You can check their posts out here. Since I don’t eat beef, I’m making up one of the November recipes, and doing Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flans. I went beef-free in 2001. It is sort of a long story, but it makes people curious, so I’ll tell the abridged version and say that beef upsets my stomach and so I choose not to consume beef. So I made the flans, knowing they had mixed results with FFwD.

The most exciting part of this recipe was that I had to go shopping for something new in the kitchen – yay! We were blessed with lots of shower/wedding presents from our generous friends and family, so we have more kitchen items than our tiny kitchen can store. But I always find I’m still missing things needed for FFwD. For some things I can do without, for example I have no tart pan, and no springform pan. But I didn’t have any ramekins, and I wanted to pick some up. Lucky me, I had a Home Goods gift card leftover from the holidays. They had some great options, like these rabbit crocks. But, with Mr. Hobby’s feelings in mind, I chose these practical little dishes from Anchor Hocking that can also be used to store leftovers. I was happy to see they were oven safe up to 425. Bonus: they’re made in America! Another bonus: I dropped one on our ceramic floor when I got home, and it didn’t break!

In the cookbook, Dorie comments that canned pumpkin doesn't exist in France. Let me just say that I can't imagine life without canned pumpkin. It is a staple in my pantry, I am loyal to Libby's brand - the canned pumpkin manufacturer of Illinois (and my neighbor state). In 2009, when there was a canned pumpkin shortage - I fully admit to hoarding cans of pumpkin. I bought the inconvenient 29 oz size (a regular can of pumpkin is 15 oz), as that was what was available. I finished off the last of my pumpkin stash this fall, and was happy to grab a 15 oz can from the pantry for this recipe.

I used a hand mixer, and the flans came together quickly. I ended up with 5 flans, the 4 I bought from Home Goods, and a Le Creuset crock I received for free last year.

I got a little nervous when I used the water bath on glass containers, had I made a mistake in my purchase? But I think since the containers were at 350, and the water was boiling from my kettle, it wasn’t a problem.

These came out pretty, but I found the flavor to be bland. I tried stirring the Gorgonzola and walnuts in, but it mostly just sort of tasted like unseasoned fluffy eggs to me. I swallowed one down. Mr. Hobby disagreed, he loved them and ate 2 for dinner.

Next week I join back up with the FFwD group, when we do savory cheese and chive bread. This looks so good, I can’t wait!


  1. This was a great catch up recipe to try! It was definitely hit or miss for the group (A little honey on top brought the flavors into balance for me). And isn't Home Goods the best store? I have scored some pretty cool kitchen gadgets there.

  2. The pumpkin flans had a mixed response for me too. Everyone said "more cheese!" and the honey did help a bit. It's so fun buying new toys for the kitchen though.

  3. We had mixed reviews on this one, too...on to the next recipe :)

  4. Thanks for the info on the flan recipe. It's one that I have yet to make, probably because of the mixed reviews. Congrats, though, on your new kitchen toys! And that's great that one didn't break!

  5. When I saw that gorgonzola in title, I got excited. I totally would have tried this recipe, but you've talked me out of it. I can't handle eggs, both their flavor and texture.

    I'm looking forward to March though. All of the recipes sound delicious!

  6. This one didn't go over well at our house...the boys took one bite and said no way! Even though they love gorgonzola, pumpkin and regular flan. Oh well! This was the only recipe so far that they made me promise to never make again. Glad Mr. Hobby like it!!