This week’s French Fridays with Dorie selection is the Pumpkin Gorgonzola Flan. At least, that’s what I’m posting this week. We were given the option this month of posting in any order, so some of the other members may have the Flan up, others will have something different. Exciting, no?
Anyway, I have to say I was really looking forward to making this one. I love pumpkin, I love flans and things like them, I love gorgonzola, I love walnuts. What’s not to like? I didn’t think the kids would like it, but that’s okay – the recipe makes six individual portions, and I just figured Bill and I would work our way through them over a few days.
The recipe itself is extremely simple. You just toast the walnuts until they’re fragrant but not burnt…then mix up your flan ingredients,
pour them into your ramekins or other flan molds,
place them in a water bath, top with bits of gorgonzola and a sprinkling of the walnuts, and then bake until just set.
Piece. O. Cake.
I baked all four of the November recipes in one day, just so I could have the images ready to go and then roll the posts out in whatever order I felt like. So for dinner that night we had the pumpkin flan, the potato gratin, and the chicken, with the semolina apple cake for dessert. I gave each of my kids just a scoop of the flan, because I didn’t want to waste a whole serving on them if they weren’t going to like it.
Bill and I each had our own.
Neither of us really liked it. 🙁
We tried. I ate all of mine, Bill ate most of his, but for whatever reason, it just didn’t taste the way we’d imagined it. I don’t even know how to explain it any better…it was smooth and lush and rich…but…just…not…yummy. For us. I’m sure other people loved it.
And I so WANTED to love it! I put the rest of the servings in the fridge, and I tried it again the next day. Just in case my taste buds had been…oh, on strike or something the night before.
And I’m still sort of annoyed about it. Not about the flan, but about the fact that I didn’t like it. I still want to like it.
So I’m thinking that at some point I will make it again. Maybe I’ll leave off the walnuts. Maybe I don’t want any crunch with my flan. Maybe that was it. I am feeling a great stubborn determination to like this flan. You know how, when you’re introducing new foods to kids, sometimes you have to serve it to them ten to twenty times before they like it? That’s the tack I’m taking on this.
I will grow to like this flan. Don’t try to stop me!