Best Flan Ever

"This is the best flan you will ever taste. The cream cheese takes away the "egginess" that most flan's have. The water bath ensures that the custard does not burn and that the caramel turns into a wonderful sauce."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
1 custard




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Select 2 oven safe containers, one that can easily fit inside the other.
  • The large one will be used for a water bath and the smaller one will actually house the flan.
  • Fill the larger container a little less than half way with water and place in the cold oven to heat up while you prepare the caramel and the custard.
  • In a large pan, using a wooden spoon caramelize the sugar until it turns a light golden brown.
  • While still hot, transfer the melted sugar to the smaller container, swirling it around until the entire bottom is covered then set aside.
  • In a blender add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Open up the oven where you have placed the water bath and then place the small pan with the caramel inside the large water bath pan.
  • Pour the custard into the pan being careful not to splash it.
  • Bake for 30- 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center passes a toothpick test.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.
  • You may invert this onto a large serving dish with lip or just server out of container you cooked it inches.

Questions & Replies

  1. Every time I make this about a 1/3rd of the caramelized sugar turns to hard tack that takes awhile to clean up. Is there a way to prevent this??


  1. I would love to try this......but I have no idea how to caramelize sugar without using some what........something the recipe doesn't call for.
  2. The first time I made this, I used the whole block of cream cheese instead of just 1 ounce, and I've done it the same way ever since. I have made this a number of times by now and it's always welcome. The last time I took it to a party, someone actually told me "This is the best flan ever!"
  3. I made this recipe for my parents and boyfriend and they loved it. My boyfriend has asked me to make one every week since the first one. :) It's a really great recipe. The only thing I changed was that I used 1/2 cup of sugar. Thanks Barbi
  4. Good simple recipe but for God's sake dont add water to the sugar like one of the reviewers posted when you caramalize it. Do it in a medium high heat in a pan with a big surface area and keep stirring. It should only take ten to twelve minutes to caramalize not 30. But when you have it melted everything else should be in place work fast and you should be good. I would let it cool in the fridge overnight so that it holds together when you turn it over.
  5. Dessert perfection! Like the previous poster I consider myself a dessert snob - no imitation, pre-fabricated, synthetic stuff allowed! This recipe did not dissapoint! The small amount of cream cheese definitely took away the egginess without turning it into a cheesecake. For my 11 X 7 pan, 1 cup of browned sugar was way too much though - the dessert was incredibly sweet with the syrup. I would go with 1/2 cup next time. I also had to bake an additional 20 mins for that size pan. I was thinking of adding a little cinnamon to the batter or fruit (mango or banana) puree next time but this is divine as is! I would not hesitate to serve this to guests especially since it can be made and refrigerated ahead of time. Thanks for posting!


  1. This flan is the best. I was looking for the best flan, tried this recipe, and now it's going to be a normal dessert in my house! My mother wants the recipe also.. :) It is sweet and tastes luxurious, I like to take my time eating one piece. I was wondering if I should use fat free cream cheese and maybe egg subsitute in place of some eggs for a healthier flan? Thanks again!!!


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