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Flan, also known as crème caramel, is a traditional Mexican dessert and there are many versions to it. My Filipino coworker shared this simple, elegant recipe with me that could be a great end to any meal. The creamy caramel sauce over the silky custard is a classy treat.
Serves 6
6 egg yolks
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz.)
1 can condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
6 round 6 oz. ramekins or any custard cups.
Preheat oven to 325F.
Add sugar to a saucepan and on medium heat let it melt, constantly stirring it.  The sugar will become liquid and a rich medium brown color (caramelized)
Carefully pour caramelized sugar into each of the ramekin, swirl until it coats the bottom of each ramekin. The caramel will get hard at this point and will melt again later as the flan cooks.
In a bowl gently mix together egg yolks, vanilla, evaporated and condensed milk. (Do not over mix it)
Pour custard mixture in your ramekins over caramel. Place them in a larger baking pan and fill the larger pan with hot water 3/4 up the ramekins (Steam bake).  Bake in this water bath for 45-50 minutes, the center should be slightly soft.
Take out from oven and let it cool completely at room temperature. When you are ready to serve, run a knife around the edge of the flan, and carefully invert to serving dish, let the caramel flow over the flan.
*** You can use a 9” round oven-safe glass dish for baking your flan.
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  • Kait Lunny 01/18/2012, 2:49 AM

    I absolutely love clan! Your photo is gorgeous!

  • Richard 01/18/2012, 3:17 AM


    • Inessa 01/31/2012, 3:02 AM

      I agree Richard. YUM, YUM!!!!! 🙂

  • S.V. 01/18/2012, 6:03 AM

    This looks amazing….what a great photos. I’ll take one please. Question…what’s conceded milk? Is that like sweetened condensed milk? Would love to try the recipe out this is one of my moms favorite desserts.

  • Inessa 01/18/2012, 6:29 AM

    Thank you guys for your comments.
    @S.V. yes it is sweetened condensed milk.. thanks for letting me know and sorry for the confusion. typo…

  • Kiri W. 01/18/2012, 11:20 AM

    Oh flan, my eternal weakness! We have a wonderful Hispanic bakery in town that makes the best ever coconut flan 🙂 Yours looks perfect, and the top just right!

    • Inessa 01/31/2012, 3:04 AM

      Kiri, thank you. It tastes supper delish!!!

  • Peggy 01/18/2012, 11:36 AM

    Definitely looks easy enough! Looks great =)

  • Anda @ Cinna-moonBeams 01/18/2012, 1:00 PM

    Wow, looks to die for! Now that I saw this bright and early, I have a full day ahead to daydream and crave :))

  • Suzi 01/18/2012, 3:28 PM

    I haven’t had flan in a while and I love it. This looks amazing. Beautiful photo.

  • Anonymous 01/18/2012, 4:23 PM

    Love how simple this recipe is. Beautiful photo!!!!

  • Olga K 01/18/2012, 7:59 PM

    I bought evaporated milk couple days ago by mistake, i was suppose to buy condensed milk.. and wanted to throw it away.. but now, i know exactly what to do with it… :)) thank YOU!!! It’s beautiful!

  • Zoe 01/18/2012, 11:52 PM

    You have made this dessert so elegant and beautiful…I bet it must be very delicious too!

  • Shaheen 01/19/2012, 12:07 PM

    Wow that looks like edible dripping gold on a plate. Swoon – I ‘d love some.

  • Jeannie 01/19/2012, 3:10 PM

    Hi Inessa, you have a great blog too, thanks for visiting mine and this flan looks delicious!

  • Nadia 01/20/2012, 5:45 AM

    What a great dessert and beautiful presentation!!!

  • All That I'm Eating 01/20/2012, 10:20 AM

    This looks so good, bet it tastes as good as it looks. Thanks for following, am following back!

  • Katerina 01/20/2012, 2:37 PM

    I just love flans creme caramel and all these cream and caramel sweets. This flan looks absolutely perfect!

  • Ann 01/20/2012, 7:40 PM

    Oh, this is just stunning! I love flan but I’ve never made it before! I think THIS might be the recipe!

  • LinsFood (Azlin Bloor) 01/20/2012, 10:48 PM

    One of my favourite desserts! Your photography is amazing! xx

  • Loveforfood 01/21/2012, 9:14 AM

    i love that flans.. i am hungry.

  • Jay 01/21/2012, 11:48 AM

    wow..sounds lipsmacking goooooooooood
    just found your space…love your space
    nice presentation with inviting cliks
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime.

    Tasty Appetite

  • Tina 01/21/2012, 12:00 PM

    How stunning this flan looks, I can only imagine how silky smooth and tasty it is. Flan is on my to do list and this a delicious reminder. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I am now following your blog!

  • vrinda 01/21/2012, 4:01 PM

    Hi Inessa Thanx for stopping by my blog..u hav lovely space here,flan has came out so perfect,nick click…

  • WineDineDivas 01/22/2012, 3:10 AM

    We adore flan! Beautiful photo….

  • girdhar bissa 01/22/2012, 12:40 PM

    wow Inessa great blog..loved it

  • Now Serving 01/23/2012, 4:13 AM

    Hi Inessa, First time here – happy I hopped over, the flan looks remarkably yummy! Look forward to following your blog dear and I hope you will visit mine and follow back 🙂 cheers Priya

  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com 01/23/2012, 7:27 AM

    I’ve only tried flan once in my life and it’s been so long I don’t even remember what it tasted like. Thanks for posting!

  • ΕΛΕΝΗ 01/23/2012, 7:57 AM

    Hi Inessa,you have a great blog!I love this dessert!Beautiful photo

  • PrathibhaSreejith 01/25/2012, 11:53 AM

    Hi Inessa, Flan looks absolutely stunning. fab click as well, my son love this one and call them caramel custard as well 🙂
    Thanks for ur wishes and follow at my space, really glad to follow you back

  • SONYA SHATEVA 01/27/2012, 10:46 AM

    Hi Inessa, Flan looks very well!We like this dessert very match and call them creme caramel!Congratulations!Beautiful presentation and photo!

  • Alida 01/31/2012, 2:42 PM

    I love creme caramel but I have never attempted it before. Perhaps this time I could give it a go! Nice recipes with an interesting flavor. Will follow you! Ciao!

  • Little Housewife 01/31/2012, 11:37 PM

    Its so simple and yet looks so sophisticated. Love it! Hope you’re doing well! All the best wishes.

  • Jackie and Jon 02/02/2012, 1:38 AM

    Yum!! The caramel looks delicious!

  • Elisabeth 02/05/2012, 12:11 AM

    I made flan, as well about a month ago, but my presentation was not nearly as pretty as yours. Printed out your version to make it with the condensed and evaporated milk!

  • Anu 02/07/2012, 10:51 PM

    Perfect flan. Looks great. Happy to follow u

  • Food for Hunters 04/05/2012, 9:05 AM

    Beautiful job! I’m Vietnamese so I grew up eating Vietnamese type flan. The caramel has coffee added to it. I’ve never personally made it myself, but plan to one of these days. My mother told me that she ate lots of flan while she was pregnant with me. It’s probably why I like it so much.

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