Homemade Flan

I have tried number of these delicious deserts during our family trips to Mexico.  I have also seen them in our local supermarkets, but honestly didn’t pay much attention to it, while grocery shopping.  I was thinking about making something different today and came across many videos how to make a Flan and finally decided to give in and give it a try.  It was so easy to make and kids simply loved it’s creamy and smooth texture.


For those of you who never tried it….flan is a dessert with eggs and milk as the usual main ingredients. Usually it is made into an open type of pastry like pies. It may also be mixed with other ingredients to add flavoring. One such ingredient commonly mixed to it is caramelized sugar. This is usually put on top or at the bottom of the custard or flan mixture to add a sweet flavor. It is also for this reason that flans are also called cream caramels.

Flan recipes can be traced as far back as ancient Roman times. During this period, Romans were said to raise chickens to keep the eggs. Reports indicate that when there were so many eggs available, some Romans decided to make new recipes. This eventually led to the development of the custard-like mixture we know today. But during the Roman times, flan was more of a savory dish rather than a sweet dessert. Various food items and ingredients were mixed with egg and milk to come up with a variety of dishes.

Flan then evolved over the years as a sweet dessert. Eggs and milk or cream are still the basic ingredients in making this well-loved dessert. The word “flan” has Latin roots and it means “flat cake”. It later became “flaon” which is an Old French word. Flan recipes eventually reached many countries of the world. In Spain, flan became the custard dessert mixed with caramelized sugar. In other countries like the UK, flan was made with pastry crusts and became more like custard pies. The English version of this dessert is also often mixed with nuts and a variety of fruits.

Today, flan recipes are very popular especially in Latin American countries, in the US, Japan, and the Philippines. Various recipes were invented and sometimes using alternatives to the original ingredients. The Japanese are said to substitute cow’s milk with milk from soy in making their flan desserts. Others put extra ingredients like fruit slices and whip cream to add to the sweet creamy taste.

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1 Cup of White Sugar
1 (14 oz) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups of Heavy Cream
1 Cup of Milk
5 Eggs
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

How to make Flan:

1.  Break 5 Eggs into a bowl and wisk them well.


2.  In a large mixing bowl.  Pour 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk.


3.  Add 2 Cups of Heavy Cream.  You can probably use half and half too, but I decided to go with original recipe.


4.  Then add 1 Cup of Milk.  You can also replace it with less fattened milk if you want to cut on calories…but I used whole milk in mine.


5.  Pour your eggs into your mixture.   I avoided wisking them before hand and it made it much harder to mix everything.


6.  Slightly mix your mixture and add 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract.


7.  Now mix everything well to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. You can also use a blender to do this, but I did it by hand to make less mess:)


8.  Then pour your mixture into a glass jar to make it easier to distribute between ramekins later on.


9.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need 6 small baking pans or 8 small ramekins or other specialty flan cookware and a large baking pan to put them in.


10.  Now you are ready to caramelize your sugar.  Pour 1 cup sugar in warm pan over medium heat.


11.  Constantly stir sugar until is browns and becomes caramel.


12.  Quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of caramel in each baking dish, tilting it to swirl the caramel around the sides. Reheat caramel if it starts to harden.


13.  Then pour pour your mixture and distribute it evenly between all ramekins.  You can also use a round pie baking dish or small ramekins.  I decided to go with rectangular baking forms.  Place the filled baking forms into a large pan and add 1 inch of hot water to the outer pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until set.


14.  When you Flan is ready, slightly run with a knife around the edges and invert it into your plate.  You can decorate it with caramel sugar swirls or fresh fruit.  Enjoy!





Homemade Flan
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Delicious homemade Flan with Caramel Sauce.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 (14 oz) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 5 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  1. Break 5 Eggs into a bowl and wisk them well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl. Pour 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  3. Add 2 Cups of Heavy Cream. You can probably use half and half too, but I decided to go with original recipe.
  4. Then add 1 Cup of Milk. You can also replace it with less fattened milk if you want to cut on calories…but I used whole milk in mine.
  5. Pour your eggs into your mixture.
  6. Slightly mix your mixture and add 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract.
  7. Now mix everything well to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. You can also use a blender to do this.
  8. Then pour your mixture into a glass jar to make it easier to distribute between ramekins later on.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need 6 small baking pans or 8 small ramekins or other specialty flan cookware and a large baking pan to put them in.
  10. Now you are ready to caramelize your sugar. Pour 1 cup sugar in warm pan over medium heat.
  11. Constantly stir sugar until is browns and becomes caramel.
  12. Quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of caramel in each baking dish, tilting it to swirl the caramel around the sides. Reheat caramel if it starts to harden.
  13. Then pour pour your mixture and distribute it evenly between all ramekins. You can also use a round pie baking dish or small ramekins. I decided to go with rectangular baking forms. Place the filled baking forms into a large pan and add 1 inch of hot water to the outer pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until set.
  14. When you Flan is ready, slightly run with a knife around the edges and invert it into your plate. You can decorate it with caramel sugar swirls or fresh fruit. Enjoy!



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