Simple Caramel Flan

Linda Orellano


This is a very easy Flan to make, the tricky part is making the caramel. To make a richer Flan you can use 2 cups heavy cream instead of the evaporated milk. My Mother- in -law was Spanish she hailed from New York City but her parents were from Puerto Rico and South America, this is one of my favorite recipes she shared with me. Our YaYa is gone from this world now but she lives in our hearts and we remember her with the wonderful food she always prepared with LOVE for us.

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Perfectly firm custard and decadently gooey caramel! We love that this recipe calls for a good bit of cinnamon, but you could easily cut back on the amount if you'd perfer a subtler flavor. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 8 votes

40 Min
35 Min


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  • 1 1/2 c
  • 6
  • 1 12oz can(s)
    carnation evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanillia
  • 1/8 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1
    pot hot water for water bath to cook in
  • ·
    whipped cream for topping ( if desired )

How to Make Simple Caramel Flan


  1. grease a medium baking dish or 6 small individual ramekins or custard cups preheat oven to 350' in a hot heavy saucepan or iron skillet add 3/4 cup of the sugar sprinkle evenly turn stove down to medium heat, let sugar melt and brown to make caramel for flan, remove from heat add caramel to the bottom of baking dish or ramekins divide evenly between them, spread caramel over bottoms.
  2. in a large bowl add 3/4 cup of the sugar, salt, and eggs, beat well, add can milk, mix well, add cinnamon and vanillia mix well
  3. pour into baking dish or divide equally into ramekins or custard cups place into large deep baking pan add hot water to pan about half way up dishes cover with tin foil make steam holes in top and place in oven bake for 35 to 40 minutes ( ovens vary) or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
  4. remove from water bath carefully
  5. cool about 3o minutes then cover and place in fridge for several hours to chill. To serve take a knife and go around the outer edge , then invert onto a desert plate, the caramel on the bottom will run down the sides but thats ok, serve with whipped cream or just as is, Enjoy!

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About Simple Caramel Flan

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American

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