Crusted Chocolate Pecan Parisian Flan

Recipe by
Michelle Palazzo

Chocolate Flan Base

2 cups (17.5oz, 500g) Milk
2 cups (17.5oz, 500g) Cream
4 tbsp (2oz, 60g) Cornstarch
1.5 tsp (7g) AP flour
2 tsp (10g) Vanilla Extract
⅓ cup (2.5oz, 75g) 40% Milk Chocolate
1.25 cup (8.5oz, 250g) 70% Dark chocolate
⅓ cup (2.5oz, 75g) Brown Sugar
⅓ cup (2.5oz, 75g) Sugar
1 tsp (4g) Salt

Pecan Praline Sauce

1 ¾ cup (13.5oz, 375g) Sugar
1.5 cup (9oz, 250g) Toasted Pecans
1 tsp (4g) Salt
Chocolate Flan Base Begin by preparing Michelle Palazzo’s Flakiest Pie Crust
Place chocolate, salt and vanilla extract in a large bowl to melt over a simmering pot of boiled water
Mix cream and sugars together in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Place cornstarch and flour into a small bowl and slowly whisk in milk to produce a thin slurry.
Whisk milk and cornstarch mixture together into the heated cream. Continuously whisk together until the custard thickens and bubbles (roughly 3-5 minutes)
Strain mixture onto melted chocolate and mix together
Pecan Praline Sauce Make a caramel with your sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook to a dark amber color. Once sugar is at desired color, toss in toasted pecans and salt. Quickly place onto a greased parchment lined sheet pan or pastry Silpat. Allow to fully cool.
Caramelizing Sugar: In a heavy-bottom, high-sided saucepan over low to medium-low heat, combine sugar and water until the sugar is completely saturated and beginning to dissolve. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, and mixture just begins to simmer. After sugar dissolves and syrup is shimmering, cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, without stirring.
Once chilled using a food processor, break down until caramel pecan mixture resembles a thick peanut butter.
Pie Assembly: Set your oven to 350F
Place ½ of your praline sauce onto the bottom of your blind baked pie shell
Dot in whole pecans (roughly 20 pecans) into the praline sauce
Top with chocolate flan base
Bake for 1 hour and chill
Once chilled, top with remaining praline sauce and micro plane pecan ribbons on top