Mexican Flan (Baked caramel Custard)

Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins

This is a traditional Mexican and Spanish dessert and by far my favorite. It is very easy to make and looks beautiful.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
  • sliced fruit (Strawberries, Kiwi or other fruit)


  1. Heat 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy skillet or saucepan, stirring constantly until it melts and turns a dark golden color.
  2. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a 4 1/2 cup metal ring mold, swish it around so it evenly coats the bottom of the ring mold.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
  4. Stir in milk,1/2 cup sugar, vanilla and orange peel.
  5. Place caramel coated ring mold in another pan and place on an oven rack.
  6. Pour egg mixture into the ring mold and pour the hottest tap water possible around the ring mold to a depth of 1 inch.
  7. Bake at 325Ffor close to l hour or until a knife comes out clean.
  8. Cool flan on a wire rack, Chill for at least 3 1/2 hours.
  9. To unmold the flan loosen edges with a spatula, slip spatula down the sides to let air in.
  10. Place the serving platter over the mold and flip to allow the flan to slip onto the platter.
  11. Spoon the caramel that may remain in the mold on top of the flan.
  12. Pile sliced fruit in the center and serve.


Most Helpful

I baked this while my little boy was watching tv .It took me only 10 minutes and the result was very satisfying .The dessert was very light and refreshing .The only thing I shouldn't have done was cut down on sugar in the custard (I always find American desserts too sweet for my taste )Next time I will put the stated amount .Thanks for the recipe .Its a keeper

Ozlem Altinok February 15, 2002

This is absolutely delicious! I dont have a 'ring mold' (dont even know what it is so I used a pie dish that i have and set it in a larger dish in the oven, worked fine and had no problem getting it out of the dish. Loved the syrup and the orange rind gave it a lovely flavour. Thanks for posting Bergy! =)

Evie* May 06, 2002

I made this for dessert for Cinco de Mayo Recipezaar Day. It was the perfect ending to a day of heavy eating! Light, sweet, and melting in your mouth! Served it with fresh strawberries, but the flan really didn't need it, it is perfect all by itself. Thanks Bergy! :o)

Terri F. May 06, 2002

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