Recipe by Barb G.
My family loves Flan, I usually bake it in a round cake pan, But you can use ramekins. This recipe is NOT a hard as it looks. For best results make Flan a day ahead to let the caramel form a slightly liquefied layer. Time does not include cooling time.
Top Review by KristinaMarina
This turned out incredible!! I'm Puerto Rican and this reminded me very much of the flan my grandmother used to make. I did substitute 1 cup of heavy whipping cream for one of the cups of milk. Also, to avoid having the caramel sauce (sugar dissolved in water) from hardening too quickly, add a drop of lemon juice while heating to help slow crystallization. Thanks Barb!
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 3 cups milk
- 3 large egg yolks
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Prepare an ice bath and set aside.
- Place eight ramekins in two baking pans lined with kitchen towels or 8-inch round cake pan.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil; keep hot until ready to use.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup sugar with the water over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Swirl pan occasionally, DO NOT STIR.
- Wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystals from forming.
- Increase heat to medium-high; continue cooking until caramel is amber, about 8 minutes, gently swirling pan to color evenly.
- Remove from heat,and immerse bottom in ice bath for 3 seconds to stop cooking.
- Dry bottom of pan.
- Working quickly, pour about 1 tablespoon into each ramekin; OR pour all into cake pan and swirl to coat bottom evenly; set aside.
- In a small saucepan heat milk over medium heat just until bubbles form around edges and milk starts to steam,5 to 6 minutes Turn off heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together yolks, eggs, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar until combined.
- Slowly add hot milk whisking constantly.
- Pour mixture through a fine sieve into clean bowl; skim off surface foam with a spoon.
- Stir in Vanilla, and pour custard into ramekins or cake pan.
- Carefully pour the hot water into baking pan until it reaches halfway up the side of ramekin or cake pan.
- Bake until center is set when gently touched with finger, 30 to 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to chill, at least 6 hours or overnight.
- To unmold, run a sharp knife around edges and place a serving plate upside down over the top; invert and gently lift pan to remove.