These classic individual flans are rich and creamy--a perfect dessert for any occasion.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr
1 hr 15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Sugar Garnish (optional):


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Cook sugar in heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted and caramel-colored. Carefully pour into 8 (6 oz.) ungreased custard cups, tilting to coat bottom completely.

  • Beat eggs in medium bowl; stir in water, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Pour into prepared custard cups; set cups in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with 1 inch of hot water.

  • Bake 25 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Move cups from larger pan to a wire rack; cool 1 hour. Chill several hours or overnight.

  • Serve by loosening side of flan with knife; invert onto individual serving plates with rim. Top with Sugar Garnish, if desired, or garnish as desired.

  • Sugar Garnish: Fill medium metal bowl half-full of ice. Combine sugar with water in medium saucepan; stir. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook over high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until light brown in color. Immediately put pan in ice for 1 minute. Carefully drizzle sugar decoratively over foil lined cookie sheet. Cool. To serve, peel from foil.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 59.7g 19% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 110.5mg 37% DV; sodium 143.2mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Did not set in 25 minutes.... you will need a good hour at 350 degrees... delicious when finally done tho! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
Did not set in 25 minutes.... you will need a good hour at 350 degrees... delicious when finally done tho! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Comes out perfect every time but I found that if you use a pan that can allow you to fill it with water just below the top of your cups the surface will come out better and very smooth but it does seem to cripple the cook time.:-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Came out very well despite my tweaks. I only had 3 eggs so cut back the condensed milk and water. Also didn't have custard cups to used oven safe cereal bowls. I ended cooking the flans for about 60 min. because of their size and topped with a sugar coated sliced whole strawberry. Beautiful. Was so proud to show them off and try I forgot to take photo before they were eaten. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cook time begins at 60 min....then test. Yummy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best recipe ever love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very easy and delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is great. No needed evaporated milk or other ingredients. Smooth and dense and delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made as directed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent and easy to make. Read More