Flan is a European and Latin dessert. It is a rich and creamy custard style dessert covered with a deeply flavorful caramel sauce.

Prep -20 minutes
Cook –1 hour

Ingredients of Flan

Caramel topping

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Flan custard mixture

  • 1 pkg. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make Flan

  • Bring plenty of water to a boil in a pot or kettle to use as a water bath. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For the caramel topping: Take ungreased cake pan ready.
  • In a pan whisk together 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Set over medium heat, cook constantly until sugar has dissolved.
  • Once boiling stop stirring and remove from heat, let rest 10 seconds then add remaining 1 Tbsp warm water, whisk to blend.
  • Immediately pour caramelized sugar into cake pan and carefully tilt in a circular motion to coat the entire surface of bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  • For the flan custard mixture: in a large bowl mix cream cheese and 2 Tbsp sugar with hand mixing grinder just until smooth.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time, then mix in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add milk mixture over caramel layer in cake pan. Set pan in a roasting pan large enough to fit with extra space surrounding. Pour in enough boiling water to reach about halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Carefully remove from water bath (roasting pan with water) and set on wire rack to cool for 1 hour. Transfer to fridge for 4 hours.
  • Take a sharp knife around the flan right up next to the pan, then place a large rimmed serving plate over the pan. While holding the plate in place, flip the flan to the opposite side and let it fall onto the plate.