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Fool-Proof Vanilla Flan

1 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. The Spice Hunter Pure Vanilla Extract
2¼ cups low fat milk
¼ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly butter 12 custard cups (or a one-quart casserole dish). Place sugar in a heavy sauce pan over medium high heat. As sugar begins to melt, stir in a circular motion until sugar is completely melted and light brown in color. Pour into bottom of cups. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add vanilla, milk and salt, beat again. Pour the custard into cups. Put the cups in a shallow pan and pour hot water into pan to reach halfway up sides of cups. Bake custard in cups about one hour (in casserole dish about two hours) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven, and remove cups from pan. Let cool, then chill for 2-3 hours. Loosen the sides with a knife and invert onto serving dish, allowing syrup to run down sides onto dish.