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Flan Recipe

Updated on May 7, 2013
Flan at Frontera Grill
Flan at Frontera Grill | Source

Flan is a traditional Latin American dessert that no event or family gathering would be complete without. It is one of my absolute favorite foods, right next to cookies and ice cream. There are many different ways to make flan and all sorts of flavor combinations you can include, but here's a yummy, very basic, flan recipe a friend of mine taught me in college. If I can do it, you can do it!

3.5 stars from 2 ratings of Flan

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 4
You can use between 4 - 10 eggs in your flan.  The more eggs you use the firmer it will be.  The less you use the more it will have a custardy Jell-O consistency.  Traditional recipes typically use more eggs.  My friend actually uses 12!
You can use between 4 - 10 eggs in your flan. The more eggs you use the firmer it will be. The less you use the more it will have a custardy Jell-O consistency. Traditional recipes typically use more eggs. My friend actually uses 12! | Source

Ingredients

  • 10 Eggs
  • 1 14oz. Can Condensed Milk
  • 1 12oz. Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla, (optional)
  • Sugar Syrup*

For Visual Learners

Here's a step-by-step guide to cooking flan from El Boricua. Their recipe and method is a bit different, but it's the same general idea.


Below is a very helpful video you can watch, too. Again, the recipe is a bit different--but honestly, you'll find everyone makes this dessert differently!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. * To make Sugar Syrup boil 2 cups of water to every 1 cup sugar. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. Syrup is ready when it is a medium brown colour; at this point it will have the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. For a sweeter syrup, only boil until it is a light brown.
  3. Pour hot syrup in a glass pan VERY CAREFULLY and set aside.
  4. Separate yolks from egg whites. You'll only be using the yolks for this recipe, so store and use the egg whites for something else.
  5. Combine yolks, evaporated milk, and condensed milk in a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk them together.
  6. Once syrup has settled a bit in the glass pan, pour the egg and milk mixture over it evenly.
  7. Place glass pan in a metal dish filled with water, then put pans in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Check if done with a toothpick, if the toothpick comes out clean it's done.
  8. Chill overnight and when it's time to eat, flip glass pan upside down on a serving plate so the syrup is on top.
Flan served with whole strawberries.
Flan served with whole strawberries. | Source
Coffee Flan plated with decorative caramel syrup.
Coffee Flan plated with decorative caramel syrup. | Source
(click source link for vegan flan recipe) Coconut Flan made in starburst custard mold, garnished with coconut.
(click source link for vegan flan recipe) Coconut Flan made in starburst custard mold, garnished with coconut. | Source
Pumpkin Flan served with whipped cream and candied ginger.
Pumpkin Flan served with whipped cream and candied ginger. | Source

Other Flan Flavors

This is a basic flan recipe, but as I mentioned before, there are many different ways to make flan and many flavors you can incorporate. My favorite will always be basic flan, but if you're interested in experimenting with flavors a bit you can try some of these.


Flan de Queso (Cheesecake Flan)

In addition to the basic recipe ingredients add 1 8oz. package of softened cream cheese.


Flan de Coco (Coconut Flan)

In addition to the basic recipe ingredients add 1 15oz. can of coconut milk and 1 1/2 cups of whole milk.


Flan de Café (Coffee Flan)

In addition to the basic recipe ingredients add 2 heaping teaspoons of instant coffee that has been dissolved in 1 cup of warm water.


Flan de Calabaza (Pumpkin Flan)

In addition to the basic recipe ingredients add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 1/2 pounds of pumpkin. To prep pumpkin for recipe, cut it up in chunks and boil it until tender. Then puree or mash it up and mix it with other ingredients.


For more flan recipes check out El Boricua or try out your own flavor combinations!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I am also a Flan fanatic and I love the homemade plain version. From my point of view, it doesn´t really need added flavor as it already tastes delicious. Sometimes simple is better, the only exception being a goat cheese Flan I once tried in a Mexican restaurant, yummy! That was delicious!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      This looks delicious and sounds Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe...

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Yeah, I will always be a fan of the original. I've heard a lot about goat cheese flan though, I think I'm going to have to give it a try.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Hope you enjoy it!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Coconut flan sounds good. Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Now that looks like a delicious dessert to have! Fantastic recipe!

      Votes up from me :)

      Chris

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. The only time I have had a flan was at my favorite Mexican restaurant, where they serve a free flan on your birthday. Love it!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This looks fabulous! I used to make pumpkin flan but lost the recipe--glad to have yours! I like that you add a video for visual learners. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      My daughter makes flan, and I just love it. Your photos surely do make me want some like now!

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      Xeng 4 years ago from Philippines

      Oohhh la la! This flan looks like it was made in heaven! I definitely need to get a taste. Will try this soon! Voted up! :)

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. This looks simply mouth watering. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Ohhh that is a great birthday present!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Yes I found that it was a lot easier for me to learn how to make this from watching my friend do it, rather than follow written instructions.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Yes I was getting super hungry from just putting this together!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I hope you enjoy!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you!

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