cooking a flan in stainless steel?

I'm making a flan, which cooks in a bain marie - usually I use pyrex or ceramic dish but I don't have the right size. I have a stainless steel pot that is the right size - can I use it? Would impact flavor or cooking?

  • Posted by: Nancy
  • November 27, 2019


HalfPint November 27, 2019
Hi Nancy,

I have to disagree with Lisa C. Metal is a good heat conductor, much better than glass or ceramic. That said though, glass or ceramic is preferred for flan because it is a good insulator. The entire flan would cook more slowly and evenly with the glass/ceramic. It gets tricky with stainless steel because it is a better heat conductor. You do run the risk of overcooking the outer perimeter of the flan. I would use a bain marie and set the temperature lower than the recipe. There's no harm in a slow bake and it would insure that you don't overcook.
Nancy November 27, 2019
Thank you - that is helpful!
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