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Homemade Flan

This is the easiest Homemade Flan recipe you'll find! Also known as crème caramel, this is a treat adored by anyone who tries it. Made with a simple caramel and a 4-ingredient custard, it's a recipe you'll nail on your very first try!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European, Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Nicole Beaulieu

Ingredients

Caramel

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Custard

  • 3 large eggs
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk 1 can*
  • 12 oz evaporated milk 1 can
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Caramel

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a spoon just until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture begins to simmer, twirl the saucepan occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat once the color turns golden.
  • Pour the caramel into an 8" or 9" round cake pan. Tilt the pan to evenly distribute the caramel over the bottom of the pan. Allow it to cool at room temperature while you prepare the custard.

Custard

  • Add the eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla to a blender. Blend on low speed until the mixture is completely smooth. Let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the bubbles that have formed to pop.
  • Spoon any remaining bubbles off the top and discard. Place a fine-mesh sieve over the round pan with the caramel, and pour the milk mixture through it into the pan.
  • Place the pan into a large roasting pan, and fill it about 1" with boiling water. Transfer to the oven and bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour. The custard will still be slightly jiggly. A toothpick inserted should come out moist without any pieces of custard sticking to it.
  • Allow the flan to cool completely to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • If the pan feels cold to the touch, let it sit in hot water for 1 minute or until slightly warmed to allow the caramel to loosen easier. Place a large plate over the top of the cake pan. Hold the edges of the plate and pan together firmly with both hands. Flip the flan over and onto the plate. You may need to jiggle the pan slightly to loosen it.

Notes

*Note for metric users: condensed milk is measured by weight in the USA rather than volume. While the can is physically smaller, the condensed milk itself is quite heavy. That is why a 14 oz(by weight) can of sweetened condensed milk is smaller than a 12 oz (by volume) can of evaporated milk. 
Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary depending on the ingredients you use.
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Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 341mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 1mg