Author: adapted from Rosalia Viqueira
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cans whole milk (using the can from the sweetened condensed milk for measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside flan pan and oblong pan that flan pan will fit into.
  2. Place sugar in small sauté pan. Cook over medium low heat until the sugar caramelizes, stirring periodically. Nothing will happen for about 7-10 minutes, then the sugar will harden into little balls until it very quickly caramelizes. Immediately pour the caramel into the flan pan. Swirl the caramel on the bottom and up ½ to ¾ of the side of the pan. Be careful, as it is very hot at this point. Set aside.
  3. Gently beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl, using a whisk. Add sweetened condensed milk, milk and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Pour mixture into flan pan. Cover and lock the flan pan lid into place. Tie a large piece of butcher’s twine around the flan pan as though it were a gift box (there will be an ‘x’ pattern at the top of the lid.)
  4. Lifting by the string, place flan pan into a larger pan and pour hot water into the pan until the water is halfway up the flan pan. Keep the bow of the twine out of the water to avoid burning when removing.
  5. Bake in 350° oven for 1 hour. Using pot holders, hold the twine to lift the flan pan out of the water. Place the flan pan onto a dishtowel to dry off the bottom and then use pot holders to transfer the pan to a cooling rack.
  6. Cool completely on cooling rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Just before serving, lift off top and run a small spatula around the side of the flan. Place serving plate (use one with a lip) over top of flan, turn over and shake the flan out of the pan. Remove pan and allow the caramel to drip over flan. Slice and serve.
  8. Betsy’s Tidbits:
  9. Flan pans are available at some specialty food stores and through GourmetSleuth.com .
  10. The spatulas are used to remove the flan pan from the hot water because oven mitts will end up wet from the water and burn your hands.
Recipe by Desserts Required at https://www.dessertsrequired.com/flan