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Quesillo (Venezuelan Flan)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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"The Venezuelan quesillo recipe, pronounced ke-see-yo, has bounced around our family since as long as I can remember. I frequently get calls asking about my exact recipe. It's not everyday your grandmother asks you how to cook something! I will however warn you: quesillo is not for everyone. I have learned that some people just don't like the texture. To that I can only really say that at least there will be more for the rest of us."
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9 h 47 m servings 309
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Prepare a bain-marie, or water bath, by filling a 9-inch heat-proof container with water.
  3. Melt sugar in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted, 7 to 10 minutes; be careful to keep it from burning. Pour sugar into a flan mold, coating the sides to ensure that the egg/milk mixture in the next step will not touch the container.
  4. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a bowl. Fill the empty can with milk and add to the bowl; stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Blend well. Fold mixture with a spatula or tap against the counter to remove air bubbles.
  5. Pour milk mixture into the slightly cooled flan mold. Put the lid on and place inside the water bath; don't let the water go over the rim.
  6. Bake the quesillo in the bain-marie in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Pry lid open with a knife carefully; continue baking until set, about 15 minutes more.
  7. Let quesillo cool to room temperature, at least 25 minutes; refrigerate 8 hours to overnight. Slide a knife around the edges of the mold to loosen and invert onto a plate.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For this recipe you will need a round tin with a tight lid also called a "flan mold." If you're in a pinch you can use a cookie tin with success.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 309 calories; 7.2 54.4 8 91 110 Full nutrition

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