Caramel Flan

This impressively rich, creamy, caramel flan dessert goes a long way. Flan is a traditional dessert from Mexico and is popular all over South and Central America. It is an excellent finish to a spicy dinner.

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Caramel Flan

The history of the Flan dates back all the way to the Ancient Romans. In Spain, it became a sweet custard generally made with caramelized sugar. 

Various flavors can be added in addition to or instead of the usual vanilla. This beautiful Traditional Flan recipe has simple yet tempting flavors. This is perfect for entertaining or special family parties. 

Ingredients in Caramel Flan

Only 5 ingredients for this creamy dessert

Sugar - Granulated sugar for custard and caramelization
Eggs - Room temperature
Dairy - Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
Extracts - Vanilla Extract, or caramel extract (1/2 tsp)

How to Make Caramel Flan
  • In a heavy saucepan, cook and stir 1 cup of sugar over medium-low heat, as you heat the sugar, the edges and bottom will melt first and start browning. Constantly stir the sugar while it heats until it browns and turns into a dark brown liquid.

Browning sugar

Place 2 tablespoons into each custard dish, tilting each to cover the bottom.

Blend eggs with an electric mixer or whisk, add all milk to the egg mixture and mix.

Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to the mixture slowly, then add vanilla. Blend until smooth after each ingredient is added.

Pour evenly into ramekins or custard dishes lined with caramel sauce.

Pour hot water into the baking pan around the custard dishes to a depth of about 1 1/2 inches.

Water bath

Bake Flan for 35 - 45 minutes in a water bath, or until an inserted knife comes out clean, it's ready.

Remove the baking pan carefully from the oven, and remove the custard dishes to cool down to room temperature.

To unmold, run a knife around the edges and invert onto a dessert dish. Enjoy!

Caramel Flan

Caramel Flan