Really simple flan

For dessert last night, when Brian came over, I made flan. This is a really simple recipe, and while it didn’t turn out perfect (the consistency wasn’t as smooth/creamy as I’d hoped), it was still pretty delicious.


  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cans evaporated milk (I used fat free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

You will also need 6 ramekins.


1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Put 1 cup of sugar in a pan over medium heat. Constantly stir until sugar becomes caramel. Once it is brown and smooth, remove immediately from heat. Be really careful not to burn the sugar!

3) Evenly distribute the caramel between the six ramekins (approximately 2-3 tablespoons in each). Be sure to do this quickly so that the caramel does not harden in the pan. I like to have my ramekins set up inside of the glass pan (which will be used later when baking).

4) Using a mixer (or a whisk), beat the eggs. Mix in the three cans of milk, the 1/2 cup of sugar, and the vanilla. Make sure it’s well blended.

5) Evenly distribute the mixture into the ramekins, on top of the caramel. If you haven’t already, place the ramekins in in a large, glass baking dish. Add 1-2 inches of hot water to the bottom of the baking dish.

6) Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes. If you stick a knife into the flan and it comes out clean, it’s done!

7) Allow ramekins to cool, then place in the refrigerator for at least one hour (longer is better!).

8) To serve, tilt the ramekin upside over a plate. The caramel sauce should drip down onto the flan.

1 Response to “Really simple flan”

  1. Dan Says:

    I used to hate, hate, HATE flan — and (in regards to your previous post) sweet potatoes. But now I enjoy both.

    I know. RIVETING story.