The best dessert ever invented!!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup sugar until golden. Carefully pour hot sugar evenly into four oven-proof ramekins or custard cups, tilting cups to coat bottoms evenly.

  • In another saucepan, bring milk just to boiling over medium heat. Stir hot milk, a little at a time, into beaten eggs and egg yolks, until well combined. Stir in sugar. Pour milk mixture evenly into ramekins.

  • Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place ramekins on towel, inside roasting pan, and place roasting pan on oven rack. Fill roasting pan with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

  • Bake in preheated oven 40 minutes, until set. Let cool, invert and serve.

Nutrition Facts

292 calories; protein 8.5g 17% DV; carbohydrates 49.9g 16% DV; fat 7.1g 11% DV; cholesterol 205.2mg 68% DV; sodium 89mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2006
I don't understand the poor ratings that this recipe has been given! This flan is great. It's definitely not the over-dense, over-syrupy-sweet American flan, this is real, fabulous flan. It's sweet without being overpowering, and holds together tightly without being dense. It's light and beautiful when it's done! Definitely party-worthy. I did make some changes: (1)Doubled the recipe and used 8 eggs (didn't differentiate between whites and whole eggs). (2) Added 2 t. of vanilla. (3) Put it in two large ceramic dishes. (4) Added 1 c. of heavy cream (1/2 c., if you didn't double the recipe). It turned out absolutely marvelous! I'll definitely be making it again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2003
Flan is one of my favorite desserts but I didn't enjoy this version as much as another recipe I've tried from this site. It didn't set up as I'd hoped and I really prefer the kind made with condensed milk. Glad I gave it a shot. Thanks anyway Bobby. Read More
(31)
162 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2006
I don't understand the poor ratings that this recipe has been given! This flan is great. It's definitely not the over-dense, over-syrupy-sweet American flan, this is real, fabulous flan. It's sweet without being overpowering, and holds together tightly without being dense. It's light and beautiful when it's done! Definitely party-worthy. I did make some changes: (1)Doubled the recipe and used 8 eggs (didn't differentiate between whites and whole eggs). (2) Added 2 t. of vanilla. (3) Put it in two large ceramic dishes. (4) Added 1 c. of heavy cream (1/2 c., if you didn't double the recipe). It turned out absolutely marvelous! I'll definitely be making it again. Read More
(128)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2006
So easy and so perfect! I wanted to make flan to go with a Mexican dinner, but didn't have condensed or evaporated milk, (which most of the flan recipes call for). I followed the recipe (adding NO vanilla) and both my husband and I thought the caramel flavoring was all it needed. I had no problem melting the sugar. Just remember to use only medium heat so it doesn't cook too fast. Thanks for a great, simple flan recipe! Read More
(75)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Wow, this was really good and very easy to prepare. I added vanilla extract and a small amount of rum extract. A big hit with the family!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2006
As a poor college student, this is the easiest and cheapest recipe for flan I've come accross. It's hard to make flan without a fully stocked kitchen but this recipe works well. I would recommend adding vanilla or almond extract as it can really only add to the flavor of the recipe. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2009
I personally had my doubts being a sweetened condenced milk user. However i was out and needed some flan for dessert so I gave this a try. I found it works out GREAT! The 2 changes I made were to add butter to the melting sugar, 1 cup sugar to 1 Tbls butter. This helps it to not turn hard immediately. Second I traded 1/2 the milk for heavy cream. It turned out better then my usual kind. This is out new "Family and Party Favorite" Read More
(35)
Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2003
Flan is one of my favorite desserts but I didn't enjoy this version as much as another recipe I've tried from this site. It didn't set up as I'd hoped and I really prefer the kind made with condensed milk. Glad I gave it a shot. Thanks anyway Bobby. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2005
This is easy to make and tastes great. Instead of melting sugar, though, which i didn't like, you can use maple syrup too. I tried that the second time i made this and I thought it was better than the time I used sugar. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Yummm this is sooo good. I never thought flan would be easy to make but this recipe makes it sooo easy and so yummy. I did add 1/8 tsp. vanilla. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
very good easy to do did large pan instead of ind servings served with berries and whipped cream Read More
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