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Leche Flan Recipe

Updated on November 19, 2016

Yummy Leche Flan

Leche Flan - great dessert for any occasion
Leche Flan - great dessert for any occasion | Source

Leche flan is a favourite and popular dessert in the Philippines. It is similar to a cream caramel. It is sweet and rich.

Leche flan is a must during Christmas, New Year and fiestas. Nowadays, making leche flan become part time job for some family who would like to earn extra money. Since making it takes a lot of time, busy people would just like to buy it over the counter or order leche flan for the Holiday celebrations, you will now find leche flan being sold in the market and delicacy stores or order over the phone and deliver to your door.

Like any other popular dish, there are many variations in making leche flan, but the classic recipe only calls for egg yolk, sugar, evaporated milk, condensed milk and citrus flavourings. Steaming is the traditional method for cooking leche flan, and is usually prepared in an oval shaped metal pans called Llanera and steamed over moderate heat until set.

It takes a while to master the techniques and perfected this recipe but it is worth it.

Ingredients:

12 egg yolks

2 cans condensed milk (14 oz.)

5 cans small evaporated milk

2 cups fine white sugar

2 tablespoon vanilla or

¼ teaspoon grated dayap rind (optional)

You will also need the following:

  • Llanera

  • Steamer

  • Strainer

How to make the Caramelized Syrup :

  • In a stainless steel pan, dissolve 3/4 cups of sugar, add 1/4 cup water over medium heat, do not stir, just swirl the pan gently, caramelize in low heat if you don't want it burnt. Pale brown means sweeter and too dark means bitter. When you have achieved the desired color, pour the syrup in the llanera and make sure to coat all the parts of the pan.

How to make the Custard:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the egg yolk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly but gently to prevent bubbles from forming. Remove any solids by using a strainer.
  • Pour the mixture in the llanera and cover it with an aluminum foil, so that the moisture from the steam won't come in the pan as it will become watery.
  • Steam Cook for 40-45 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the llanera and let it cool at room temperature. Then refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  • To unmold the leche flan- run a sharp knife around the edge and carefully invert it unto a platter or serving dish, let the caramelized sugar flow over the leche flan.

This recipes makes 4- 5 llanera of Leche Flan.

Leche flan is a popular dessert to to eat with Suman (sticky rice) or serve with sweetened macapuno (young coconut) and ube (purple yam), or just serve as it is.

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      tessf. 3 years ago

      wow, thanks for your recipe its really delicious ... yummmmy dessert ..

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      arvick dizon 3 years ago

      yamm

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      rich 3 years ago

      i love it !

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      creampie 3 years ago

      thanks. very helpful!

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      danny 4 years ago

      I will cook this for my kids...yum..yum

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      reyeslynn@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      i will try to make my own delicious leche flan...

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      Toni 4 years ago

      This is a delicious recipe and the photo at the top at the top of the Hub looks very nice. Thumbs up!

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      rany 4 years ago

      i love leche flan

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      claire 4 years ago

      it easy to make a leche plan

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      helen 4 years ago

      leche flan is the favorite of my son. . . now. .. i know how to cook.

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      arlene 4 years ago

      very easy lng po pla thanks

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      jessamae 4 years ago

      yes so very yummy!

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      lina 4 years ago

      yummmmyyyyyyy

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      fransmae 4 years ago

      i think this will be the most popular dish of filipino !!!!!!wow ang sarap nito!!!!!!!!!!!ma papathumbs up ka talaga.........

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      christine 4 years ago

      letche flan is very delicious than other recipes yum! yum! yummmmm!

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      secret 4 years ago

      leche plan is my favorite dessert and i try your recipe its so delicious yum yum yum.................thanks for your sharing your recipe

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      jeanber constantino 4 years ago

      haayyyyy.. LECHE FLAN is my favorite dessert ever...thanks for sharing your recipe..:-)

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      Janine Chloe D. Buela 4 years ago

      Hayyyyyyyyyyy naku!Leche Flan is the best dessert I'v ever tasted.Who ever you are,the inventor of Philippines' great Leche Flan, I salute you:D

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      zsarla advincula 4 years ago

      leche flan is my favorite desert i gona try this at home

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      beverley 4 years ago

      its so very nice i apprieciate it

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      Maila Elona 5 years ago

      yummy

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      manina 5 years ago

      wow..ang sarap..... gagawa ako niyan.....

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      gelend 5 years ago

      ang sarap nito!

      challenging 'cause first time kong mgluto!!

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      mary kris 5 years ago

      i love it...! my love ones and I are love it,... leche flan is our favorite dessert... It's good for all occasions for me...

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      jasmine gayle tagudar 5 years ago

      i will try to make a leche flan.i love leche flan because it so delicious.

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      xhuboi 5 years ago

      i will try to cook this

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      jhay 5 years ago

      this one is great

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      bryony 5 years ago

      mine is not really a leche plan,i try'd it at homme,but it suck..geez it looks like omelet...but i try my hardest to make a leche plan bad to know that i was not good on cooking.....eveen a child can do a leche plan coz its very simple and easy..but 4 me its tragedy..

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      Emma of Rosario Pasig 5 years ago

      ...thanks for sharing this recipe..Okay..i will try to make this...actually this is the first time i make l leche flan coz i don't have any idea how to cook this. :)

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      sheila rico 5 years ago

      very delicious.......recipe

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      troyskie 5 years ago

      ito ang pinakapinakapinakapinaka paburito kong dessert!!!

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      richel sasing 5 years ago

      ang sarap nito

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      lovi marie 5 years ago

      i think that recipe is good

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      candy c 5 years ago

      My leche flan comes out curdy..what am I doing wrong?

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      jeriza caldea mapili 5 years ago

      yammyyyyyyyyy...tnx for sharing recipe.

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      ANGEL 5 years ago

      HMM MY FAVORITE LECHE FLAN; TENKS 4 RECIPE

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      Ham 5 years ago

      nice... asking my mom to make some leche plan this new year!

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      anon 5 years ago

      thnx for the recipe

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      novena 5 years ago

      yum!yum!! that's mine already!! no one can grab all of the leche flan from mine ...!!

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      unknown 5 years ago

      is that vanilla ESCENSE?

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      girls 5 years ago

      @frills

      a llanera is an aluminum or stainless mould used to steam the leche flan

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      frills 5 years ago

      I want to try this but I don't know what a llanera is.

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      melvina 5 years ago

      I will try this recipe this Christmas!

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      cj 5 years ago

      )))The hardest part here is the caramelized sugar. It seemed easy, but it is quite hard to do. And add water to the sugar? Bad idea.

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      lik lidasan 5 years ago

      additional add some 1cup of nestea ice-tea so that u can have other flavoring..try it!

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      rhunadwayne 5 years ago

      I rilly love leche flan it soo yummy ..Great!!!

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      evelyn seki 5 years ago

      ilove lecheplan,now i know the recipe n how 2make.thanks youtube.

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      nene 5 years ago

      i love leche flan much.....

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      CRICEL ANN 5 years ago

      WOW IS GOOD YUMMY

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      april lyn 5 years ago

      leche plan s da best dessert ever

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      cherry 5 years ago

      i love leche flan so much.........."

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      Ladz 5 years ago

      hi. i love sweets. i've always love my aunt's leche flan. it's really d best. now, i have my own family and i just love making desserts for my kids. now, i'm planning to make leche flan, i believe it's not as complicated as i think it was. i'll definitely try this recipe. :)

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      AlihHaider 5 years ago

      'been searching for a perfect recipe of leche flan,thanx for this one i'm gonna try it...I really love this dessert!YUMMY;)

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      Blair Rutherford 5 years ago

      that's great! now i know how to cook!

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      Rose Velasquez 5 years ago

      thanks for this recipe, it helped me a lot. im now ready for a home made leche plan...=)

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      anequin tarayao 5 years ago

      yummy...hmmmm it's so very delicous

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      mhai 5 years ago

      very helpful... i was able to make a pan of leche flan on my own...! thanx....

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      robert 5 years ago

      can i use cows milk instead of evaporated/condensed milk? if so, will i replace it with the evaporated or condensed? and can i use natural sweeteners instead of sugar?

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      ken 6 years ago

      its really delicious. also try lumpia house leche flan original recipe.

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      deb 6 years ago

      deliciously made . I love it! :*

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      rodgie lim 6 years ago

      i made it for my Singaporean hubby and he loves it. thanks for sharing this great sweet recipe.

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      juddie28 6 years ago

      It's my first time to make a leche flan and my daddy really love it. Thanks for the recipe... Next time i could done it perfectly. ^_^

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. I make a flan with coconut (coconut in heavy syrup - comes in a can and you can buy it at any Cuban market in the Los Angeles area....). People at my work go crazy for it. They're always asking me to make it for them.

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      Pusa 6 years ago

      Can't resist it whenever my asw makes this! Masarap tlga!

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      Ranilyn 6 years ago

      what a very easy procedure. You give me a great lesson on how to cook it.

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      resurreccion con-ui 6 years ago

      HI! this leche is so sweet for me. i have my own recipe ( so delicious and not rich) just perfect.just e-mail me and i can share it. my e-mail addy...resing1041@yahoo.com

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      Russell 6 years ago

      Sounds really good, but how big is a can of evaporated milk if it says 'small'? Are there different sizes? Condensed milk only comes in 14 oz cans, and it's specified... can you let us know the size of the evaporate milk cans? Thanks.

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      ma.geneveve oceña achas 6 years ago

      i love leche plan! this is my one of the most favorite dessert,...thanks for the recipe.......

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      cutie 6 years ago

      sarrap naman yan.sa goldilocks sarap ng leche flan nila

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      LORRAINE 6 years ago

      HMM! SARAP

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      arnold 6 years ago

      ok i will try...

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      cherry trinidad 6 years ago

      thank's po try ko ngaung new year.... sana ok...

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      janice 6 years ago

      i'll try this weekend...

      i love this dessert

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      joyce 6 years ago

      this recipe is good for how many people? thank you.

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      princess 6 years ago

      .love leche flan,!! i taste it, so yummy, this my favorite dessert. thanks for the recipe!

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      abby 6 years ago

      i love it! this is my favorite dessert in philippines. i miss philippines recipes.....huhuhu!

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      kimmy 6 years ago

      i taste it its so yummy thanks for the recipe!???????

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      mitchiko 6 years ago

      thanks for the recipe.. i really like leche flan.. yum yum :)

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      jumelaolynmitsnia 6 years ago

      hi its soo very good ! its very fine thank you ! hahaa

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      glen 6 years ago

      nice recipe..! thanks for sharing,,,god bless!

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      dan 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe..now i now how 2 make leche flan!!!!

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      oscelle 7 years ago

      ang hirap gumawa ng caramelize sugar

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      juvz 7 years ago

      so yummy...!!!!!tnx for the recipe....

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      Jovz Bracho 7 years ago

      uhhhmmmm....I tried once in my employer's family party and it super yummy....winner the taste....thank you....because of you I believe I can fly...

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      beth 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe,,,it will help me a lot to prepare a very delicious dessert for our barrio fiesta.

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      eijay 7 years ago

      hi there! what else can i use to cook the leche flan if i don't have a llanera?

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      manjo 7 years ago

      thanks for the recipie god bless(^_^)

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      Alex Horstman 7 years ago

      Great recipe. However, you need to give an idea of what the oven temperature should be. I baked mine in a bath at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. As an alternative to the the caramelized sugar, I substituted pure maple syrup and it was incredible! My flan came out very smooth with very little air holes and the taste was magnificent with a hit of lemon juice :-)

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      anna 7 years ago

      i did my flan perfect the first time, however the next batch my caramel did not want to brown - took me more than an hour to reduce it to the right consistency. what could i have done wrong?

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      mica 7 years ago

      napaka sarap which means (very very delicous)

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      Godslittlechild 7 years ago

      I love flan. I'm having the family in for Christmas. I may try my hand at this then. Thank you!

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      kyle 7 years ago

      steam cook is 20 minutes and baking is 45 minutes...

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      joey 8 years ago

      thanks for the recipe....i just hope i can perfect it this time. yummmmmy!!!!!

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      sarah 8 years ago

      its reallllly!!!gooooooooood....yam.yam...thank

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      JOY 8 years ago

      GOOOOOOOOOOOOD

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      Lyn 8 years ago

      Im actually making one right now, my husband who is a white guy loves this dessert. This really taste good...

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      rogie 8 years ago

      tnx for the recipee...hope i could done it perfectly.

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      BudBrown 8 years ago from California

      Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to print it out for my wife. Bless her heart! She's tried to make leche flan for years but, for some reason, it just doesn't turn out right. Hopefully she won't give up and this one will turn out right.

      http://www.magicmaximo.com

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      Vivian Araullo 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      MM, it;s me again! I have a slightly healthier version of leche flan...substitute milk with soy milk. The flan comes out slightly tofu-like, and lighter. I tried to make one with just tofu but it didn't turn out quite well...

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      noelqf 8 years ago

      hi! i would like to ask if you could specify the amount of ingridients coz there are three kinds of cans of condensed milk. thank you. id like to make leche flan coz my kids love it. we alyas buy at the store so i would like to make it myself so i could save a bit. and to make use of my native chickens egg which i have plenty of it

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      just ME 8 years ago

      i dont have any idea on how to cook leche flan until i browsed the net and found this recipe. it was my first time then and was really nervous since i will be serving this dessert for christmas. while cooking, i have the net in front of me to follow the step by step procedure. when i served the dessert, my friends told me that my leche flan was perfect and didn't expect them to love my leche flan since it was first time experiment. anyhow, thank you for the recipe...your recipe is the perfect recipe i have found for leche flan...

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      mercy 8 years ago

      thanks for the recipe! i love leche flan.i like the presentation but the music is too loud!the music is unnecessary!

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      Eddz 8 years ago

      ...thanks a bunch for sharing such delicious recipe with demo, but i would like to suggest that a background music is not necessary...

      mm, keep it up the good spirit of sharing...

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      nemia 8 years ago

      nice recipe, i will try this next week... thanks for sharing.... god bless...

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      doctorloanusa 8 years ago

      Wow, good to see the Filipino version of this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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      egbert 8 years ago

      thank you for this page. it had satisfied my needs.

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      kliezel 9 years ago

      wow leche flan is my favorite dessert of one of my favorite food in my whole life

      ehehehehehehehehehehehehe

      ?mimingatz kau lagi guyz , wav yah ol , muahmuahmuah tsup?

      ♥♥♥EMERKLIEZEL ♥♥♥

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      Cindy Lietz 9 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      Yumm!! I would like to try that! Thanks for the tip on melting the sugar. I have always stirred it instead of swirling the pan. That is probably why I ended up with crystals and hot spots where the sugar burnt in the pan!

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      jec 9 years ago

      chill!

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      A friend from Chile introduced me to flan and gave me her recipe. For custard or caramel fans, it can't be beat.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      I have had this before. It's delicious.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Ripplemaker---nice of you to drop by, it's my favourite dessert too. its actually a comfort food for me and it reminds me of home....

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love leche flan!!! It is one of my favorite desserts. :) thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      wellness5 9 years ago from Fondi, Italy

      Rich and sweet - the Google ads reflect that too - 'how to lose belly fat" LOL

      Looks like a great recipe though - I shall try it.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Lisa and Patty - thanks for dropping by, and the photo looks good and it is really a tempting dessert.

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      LisaG 9 years ago from Caribbean

      Yes, the photo does look good.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      This is a delicious recipe and the photo at the top of the Hub looks very nice. Thumbs up!

    If you don't have a llanera you can use a regular flan or custard pan.
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