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Nov 052012

I know, I know there are hundreds of recipes for flan and here I am sharing another one…but trust me, this recipe is very simple and only requires a few ingredients. Moreover, I can assure you that whoever tries this flan will fall in love with it. It is not overwhelmingly sweet and the texture is silky and creamy. There are no words to describe it! It is true that it is loaded of calories, but we need to indulge ourselves once in a while right?

You can bake the flan in small size ramekins or when going to a potluck, I like to bake the flan in a pyrex form. Everytime that I am going to a potluck party and do not know what to bring…or do not feel like cooking/baking…flan is the solution. It is simple,easy and enjoyed by all…Okay, enough of bragging about this flan, let’s go to the ingredients and method.


½ cup sugar
Enough water to dissolve the sugar, approximately ¼ cup

1 can of condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
3 cans of skim milk (measured by the condensed milk can)
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



In a small pan place the water and the sugar, mix until the sugar is dissolved. Boil the sugar mix until the water is totally evaporated and the sugar is thick and brown. Do not mix while it is cooking otherwise the sugar will crystallize. Carefully pour the caramelized sugar into the ramekins and gently rotate the ramekin so the caramel is evenly spread. Let the sugar cool down and set the ramekins aside.


In a blender add all the ingredients listed under “flan”, make sure that it is well mixed. Pour into the ramekins where the brown sugar is already hard. The flan mixture will be liquidy at this stage. Bake the flan in water-bath (banho-maria in Portuguese) for approximately 1 to 1 ½ at 275F. The top will be slightly golden and when gently shaken, the flan in ramekins will feel settled.

Let it cool completely and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Before serving, place a plate larger on top of the ramekin and in one movement, flip the ramekin carefully on a plate. Tap on the ramekin a couple of time and the flan will slide on the plate together with the caramel sauce

Garnish as  desired and serve.

If you enjoy this simple flan recipe you might want to check on a richer version of flan recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that flan recipes are found as far back as ancient Rome and is was originally a savory dish? The word “flan” is derived from the Latin “flado”, which means flat cake.

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  39 Responses to “Flan”

  1. A beautiful quick flan. Alas it is the one dessert I do not stomach well. The big cake sized ones from Latin countries yes, small ones like this nope.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to make this for my future daughter-in-law this week. Your instructions make it look very easy. She loves flan! I will make her the real deal (not sugar free and low-carb). 😉

  3. Who doesn’t love flan??? This looks fabulous!

  4. Can never have too much flan – not when they’re made so pefectly!

  5. I love, love flans and creme caramel.This one looks like a winner, easy and tasty! Have a great day!

  6. Delicious looking flan! Looks so silky smooth and yummy! Perfectly made! Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

  7. Hi Juliana, your flan look really delicious. Look so silky smooth. 🙂

    Have a nice week ahead, regards.

  8. oh wow Juliana! This flan looks PERFECT!! I’ve never made flans before and didn’t know that it doesn’t actually require that many ingredients! Looks amazing!

  9. How simple, elegant and delicious looking!

  10. Just perfect and lovely looking flan! Yes I have tried one before and it turned out sweeter than I expected. Will definitely try your recipe!

  11. A scrumptious flan recipe!! I don’t mind sharing recipes that have been shared all over the place. Everyone has a version of what they think it’s a great flan recipe, so there’s no harm in sharing 🙂

  12. This looks like a perfect flan Juliana! I don’t think I could make one that looks as pretty as this! 🙂

  13. Yes, this is a simple flan to make with few ingredients. Gorgeous.

  14. Hi Juliana,
    This flan looks wonderful! Simply love flan and cannot stop at eating just one. I like that you have used skim milk. Less the guilt.

  15. How easy is this? I can’t wait to try it.

  16. Flans are completely classic and so many different methods. I like that yours is lighter and it seems like my guests are very happy whenever I tell them I lightened up a dessert. Less guilty I suppose!! Love all your pics, they look so tempting!

  17. Flan done well can be such a delightful dessert! Yours looks truly delightful, Juliana. I the the mix of cream and caramel.

  18. I’m glad this is a simple recipe as you say. I’d need an easy recipe in order for it to turn out as well as yours. 🙂

  19. It has been too long Juliana – sorry that i haven’t visited. With my little 8 month old time just goes so fast. Your flan is just gorgeous! This will be my to go recipe.

  20. Absolutely irresistible and they look perfect!

  21. Silky is key in a flan. And this one looks impressively so! 😉

  22. The flan looks perfect. Lovely dark caramel colour… I’ve been meaning to give this a go for sometime… Will do it soon, I hope 🙂 have a great day.

  23. Creamy, silky and not overwhelmingly sweet – that is a kind of desserts I love : ).

  24. I love flan…no matter how full I am, I always have room for delicious flan.

  25. What beautiful little flans! I think it’s wonderful that you can take a handful of simple ingredients and make something so elegant and delicious. 🙂

  26. I love flan but it’s a dessert that I never make it home, thanks for your simple recipe-it looks do-able and what fun to serve flan at a dinner party. Beautiful photos, looks delicious;-)

  27. It’s so pretty! And sounds delicious too. 🙂

  28. I don’t think I can ever say no to flan! It’s such a gorgeous dessert 😀

  29. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a flan recipe made with skim milk, Juliana. Great idea. It’s such a heavenly dessert. Yours looks delicious!

  30. Mmhhh, divine and beautiful! That is one of my favorite desserts/puddings.



  31. Oh yum! I love flan and it’s not too difficult to make.

  32. I have never eaten flan, but this looks really yummy!

  33. Your flan looks delicious and smooth! I must give this recipe a try too since it does look easy:)

  34. I’ve been eating Japanese flan (purin) since I’m small and this is always my favorite (my husband loves even more!). Yours look perfect and love your silky texture!

  35. Your flan looks incredibly rich, tasty & superb even! 😉 Great for dinner parties!
    MMMMMM! xxx Have a great & fun weekend!

  36. i love the caramel part of flan, but the actual custardy part is sometimes more than i can handle. your images look like you’ve perfected this dessert, juliana–well done!

  37. this is fantastic, also looks like the chinese egg custard that we have here that also serves with caramel too. Thanks for sharing, yeah i also think it is something great to make for parties!

  38. What size dish did you use. Just wondering how much this recipe makes
    This is the most simple recipe that I’ve come across!

  39. Hi Netty,

    The size of my pyrex is 8 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 3. It is the perfect size for this recipe.
    I hope you enjoy this flan as much as we do.
    Thanks for stopping by…and please do try this flan.