Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

I received this recipe from my mother-in-law who is from Bucaramanga, Colombia. It's delicious!!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the sugar in a non-stick loaf pan over low heat, sliding the pan around constantly until the sugar is liquid but not burned. Alternatively you could melt the sugar in a separate pot and pour into a loaf pan.
  2. Combine the can of condensed milk, 3/4 of the same can of water, eggs and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour this mixture over the melted sugar in the loaf pan.
  3. Prepare a bano de maria (bain marie) by placing the loaf pan into a casserole dish and fill the casserole dish with water around the loaf pan until the water is about half-way up the loaf pan.
  4. Place casserole dish with water and loaf pan steady in the middle into the oven on the center rack and bake for about 1 hour. Flan is done when you insert a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  5. After removing, take the loaf pan out of the hot water and place in refrigerator for 5 hours or overnight until completely cooled. To serve, place a dish over the pan and hold together while flipping upside down. Flan should slide right out once it's cool enough.
Most Helpful

5 5

My family LOVES flan. Tonight I made your recipe and they love it better than my usual. My daughter thinks it tastes just like the flan at Abuelo's and that is her favorite...thanks.

5 5

This recipe is excellent. My husband is from Columbia and he said this flan is almost like his Mom's recipe. Thanks for sharing.

4 5

I liked this quite a bit, and I didn't think I liked flan, and almost always passed it up. Mainly, I didn't know what it was made of. I don't know if this is *the* best flan ever, not being a good judge, but I'll give it points for opening my mind. The melting sugar step was new to me, and took a while, and was kind of tricky. I used 5 Tbs. sugar, but the yield was probably 4, since it was so messy. But that seemed like plenty, in the final dish. It may also have been my first time using a "BAÑO MAR�A". I baked the dish for 1:10 (it failed the knife test at 1 hour). And even though I chilled the dish for 7 hours, it still didn't "slide right out" of the loaf pan; I had to loosen the edges with a knife. But overall, this was a pretty good recipe!