Creamy Spanish Flan


Creamy Spanish Flan

Creamy Spanish Flan
1 Hr 10 Min

The recipe for Creamy Spanish Flan may have originated in Spanish cooking but, these days, everybody seems to love this creamy, custard dessert.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups whole milk

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat until completely melted and caramelized, stirring occasionally. Immediately pour into a 6-cup tube pan, coating bottom of pan. Be careful when working with caramelized sugar: it is very hot!
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat eggs and vanilla 1 minute. Add remaining 1 cup sugar and beat until well combined. Add milk and beat until completely mixed. Pour over caramelized sugar in tube pan.
  4. Place tube pan in a large pan of hot water, with just enough water to go halfway up sides of tube pan. Bake 65 to 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Carefully remove from hot water bath and allow to cool 20 minutes. Cover and chill overnight or at least 3 hours.
  5. Just before serving, run a knife around inside edge of pan to loosen flan from pan. Carefully invert flan onto a 12-inch rimmed serving plate, so that caramel sauce doesn't run off plate. Serve each wedge with caramel sauce.


This is one recipe that's definitely better when made the night before, so that the flan is thoroughly chilled before serving.

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I got my flan recipe from a West Indian when we lived in P. Rico. Quite different from this one. Mine is a cheese flan. Much better. When you come to step three of this recipe beat in 8 oz soft cream cheese. (although my recpe calls for some nutmeg to taste and sweetened condensed milk.)

It is taking a hell of a lot more than 65 or 70 minutes. to set. A friend is telling me we should not have included the egg whites. What do you think.that

We're sorry you're experiencing some trouble with this recipe. This recipe should definitely be made using whole eggs. We're not sure why it's not setting for you, as we've tested this recipe many times in the Test Kitchen with excellent results. Some suggestions: 1) Use whole milk rather than skim milk, 2) Use large eggs, 3) Make sure water is hot in step 4. We hope this helps!


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