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Flan is a rich, sweet custard topped with caramel sauce. It looks fancy, but it’s actually quite simple to make.

One of the most popular Latin desserts, flan is a rich, sweet custard topped with caramel sauce. It’s made with a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and other flavorings, and then baked gently in a water bath until it is set but still creamy. The custard is then inverted onto a plate, revealing a layer of saucy caramel on top. Flan is almost identical to the French custard dessert crème caramel; it’s also similar to crème brûlée, only it’s a bit denser and, instead of the brittle caramel top, the caramel is liquid. Though it looks impressive, flan is actually quite simple to make. This classic version adapted from Cook’s Illustrated is my go-to recipe. It’s prepared in a loaf pan rather than a wide cake pan, so it’s easy to unmold without breaking—and since it’s made up to four days ahead of time, it’s a wonderful dessert for company.

What You’ll Need to Make Flan

ingredients for flan

To make this flan, you’ll need three different types of milk: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk.  If you don’t have whole milk, you can substitute 2% or half-and-half, but skim milk is not recommended. The splash of bourbon is my addition to the recipe – it adds incredible depth of flavor – but if you’d like to omit it, simply increase the vanilla by two teaspoons.

Since the recipe calls for 2 whole eggs and 5 egg yolks, you’ll have lots of leftover egg whites. If you’re looking for easy and delicious ways to use them up, check out my chocolate chip meringue cookies and coconut macaroons.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Caramel
bringing sugar and water mixture to a boil

Stir the sugar and 1/4 cup water together in a medium saucepan until the sugar is completely moistened. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, without stirring. Continue cooking until the mixture begins to turn golden.

sugar and water mixture turning golden colorGently swirling the pan, continue to cook until sugar is a pale honey color.

sugar and water mixture turning honey color

Remove from the heat and swirl the pan until the sugar is a reddish-amber color and fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds.

sugar and water mixture turning to a caramel color

Carefully swirl in 2 tablespoons of warm tap water until incorporated – be careful as the mixture will bubble and steam. The water helps thin the caramel, so it doesn’t all stick to the pan after the flan bakes in the oven.

bubbling caramel after adding water

Pour the caramel into 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan and set aside. The caramel will harden in the pan.

caramel poured into loaf pan

Step 2: Make the Custard

Whisk together the eggs and egg yolks in large bowl.

whisked eggs and egg yolks in mixing bowl

Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, vanilla, Bourbon, and salt and whisk until incorporated.

whisked custard mixture in mixing bowl

Strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a larger bowl. The strainer will catch little bits of egg that you don’t want in your flan.

strained custard in bowl

Pour the strained custard into the loaf pan over the caramel. Cover the loaf pan tightly with aluminum foil.

custard poured into loaf pan and ready to bake

Step 3: Bake

Place the loaf pan in the center of a 9×13-inch baking or roasting pan (preferably with high sides) to make a water bath. Place the nested pans in the oven; using a tea kettle or pitcher, pour hot water around the loaf pan until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the loaf pan. The purpose of the water bath is to moderate the heat and ensure that the mixture cooks evenly into a smooth and creamy custard. (Cheesecake uses the same technique.)

Bake for 75 to 90 minutes. Very carefully pull back the foil (there will be steam that has accumulated under it) to ensure the custard is set around the edges but still a bit jiggly in the center. The custard should not be completely set when it is removed from the oven; it will continue to cook as it cools. Remove the pans from the oven. Remove the foil and leave the flan in the water bath for about one hour to cool.

baked flan cooling in water bath

Step 4: Chill and Unmold the Flan

Remove the loaf pan from water bath, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and chill overnight or up to 4 days. To unmold the flan, carefully slide a knife around the edges of the pan.

loosening flan from pan with knifeInvert a platter with a raised rim on top of the flan and turn the pan and platter over. If it doesn’t release immediately, let it sit inverted for a minute and it should eventually slide out. Remove the loaf pan and, using a rubber spatula, scrape the residual caramel over the flan. You won’t be able to release all of it – that’s okay. Slice the flan and spoon the sauce over the individual servings. Serve with berries, if you like.

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Video Tutorial

Flan

Flan is a rich, sweet custard topped with caramel sauce. It looks fancy, but it’s actually quite simple to make.

Servings: 8-10
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes, plus an overnight chill in the refrigerator

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 5 yolks
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup whole milk (half-and-half or 2% milk may be substituted but do not use skim milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. (This recipe should be made at least one day before serving.) Adjust a rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Stir together the sugar and ¼ cup water in a small heavy saucepan until the sugar is completely moistened. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook, without stirring, until the mixture begins to turn golden. Gently swirling the pan, continue to cook until sugar is a honey color. Remove from the heat and swirl the pan until the sugar is reddish-amber and fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds. Carefully swirl in 2 tablespoons of warm tap water until incorporated – be careful as the mixture will bubble and steam. This whole process should take less than 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the caramel into an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan; do not scrape out the saucepan. (Note: The caramel will solidify when you pour it into the loaf pan. That's ok -- it will soften up again as it bakes.) Set the loaf pan aside. (To clean the hardened caramel from the saucepan, fill the pan with water and bring it to a boil.)
  4. Whisk the eggs and yolks in large bowl until combined. Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, vanilla, Bourbon, and salt and whisk until incorporated. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl to remove any bits of egg; then pour the strained custard into the loaf pan over the caramel. Cover the loaf pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  5. Place the loaf pan in the center of a 9x13-inch baking or roasting pan (preferably with high sides) to make a water bath. Place the nested pans in the oven; then, using a tea kettle or pitcher, pour hot water around the loaf pan until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the loaf pan. Bake for 75 to 90 minutes. Very carefully pull back the foil (there will be steam that has accumulated under it) to ensure the custard is set around the edges but still a bit jiggly in the center. (Don’t worry that it seems undercooked. The custard will continue to cook as it cools, and the center will set completely -- I promise!) Carefully remove the pans from the oven. Remove the foil and leave the flan in the water bath for 1 hour to cool.
  6. Remove the loaf pan from the water bath and wipe the pan dry. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight or up to 4 days.
  7. To unmold the flan, carefully slide a sharp knife around the edges of the pan. Invert a platter with a raised rim (to contain the liquid caramel) on top of the flan and turn the pan and platter over. If the flan doesn’t release immediately, let it sit inverted for a minute and it should slide out. If it still doesn't come out, try running the knife around the edges again. When the flan is released, remove the loaf pan. Using rubber spatula, scrape the residual caramel onto the platter. You won’t be able to release all of the caramel – that’s okay. Slice the flan and spoon the sauce over individual portions. (Leftover flan may be covered loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 4 days.)
  8. Note: If you would like to omit the Bourbon, replace with an additional 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 249
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Sugar: 39 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Sodium: 224 mg
  • Cholesterol: 61 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Hello. I am making this for company & I’m afraid one recipe will not be enough. Could I double the ingredients & divide between 2 loaf pans? Thanks

    • — Andrea on January 21, 2023
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on January 23, 2023
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  • Hi Jen, I have made this delicious flan a number of times and it always turned out perfect. Today I forgot to add the milk?. Remembered only after placing it in the fridge. It looked a little more jiggly than the times before. Do you think it will be ok without the milk or should I start over?

    • — Johara Alatas on January 21, 2023
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    • Hi Johara, I’m obviously weighing in too late to help, but I suspect it wouldn’t have impacted the flan that much. How did it turn out?

      • — Jenn on January 24, 2023
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      • Hi Jen,
        No worries, I did not want to risk it so made another one.? This first one was good but a little sweeter. ?
        Thank you

        • — Johara Alatas on January 25, 2023
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  • I am super EXCITED to be making this. Prior to seeing your instructional video, I had convinced myself that I couldn’t possibly…

    And now it’s in the oven— if this recipe is like any of your others that I’ve tried, I’m already happy, and so is my family! xo

    • — Melissa on January 11, 2023
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  • I have made this before in a glass loaf pan and loved it but want to make it this time in metal as I need two flans. My bread pans are old from England in the 1960s! They make marvelous bread but I am worried that the flan might taste of metal. They are not rusty at all though. I am thinking of this in particular as I plan to make it 3 days before. Could I unmold them and store them in the fridge on a platter a couple of days in advance? Many thanks. I love your recipes and the videos!

    • — Barbara T on January 10, 2023
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    • Hi Barbara, so glad you like it! While technically, it’s doable to unmold and store the flans in the fridge for a few days, I’m not sure how you’d cover them without messing up the caramel layer. If you happen to have a large container with a lid, that would leave the caramel undisturbed, that would work.

      • — Jenn on January 10, 2023
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  • Always a fan of your recipes Jen, but this one just didn’t do it for me. The flan was very eggy. Has great consistency and I like using the vanilla and bourbon. I’ll keep hunting for a favorite flan

    • — Laura on January 8, 2023
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  • Can I use a 9×5 pan? The pan I have is only 8×4 and when I put water in to test there was only a 1/2 inch head space left without the caramel or eggs.

    • — lowandslow on December 28, 2022
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    • Hi, I think a 9×5-in pan will work but the flan will be very short. For best results, I’d get an 8×4-in pan.

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2022
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      • This was my first attempt making flan and it is a big success,delicious.Used the 9×5 it unmolded beautifully , it was a little flat and look for a better pan.Thanks for another great recipe,keep up the good work.

        • — lowandslow on December 30, 2022
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        • So glad it turned out well — thanks for taking the time to report back!

          • — Jenn on December 30, 2022
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  • I’m Brazilian and this is a very common dessert. We call it pudim.
    Our version is a little easier: blend 6 eggs, one can of condensed sweet milk, the same amount of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract (or more to taste). Blend it for a few seconds, just enough to mix it all together.
    The caramel goes all around the insides of a pan, usually a Bundt (but it doesn’t really matter the shape).
    The cooking is the same, although I never covered it.
    Once it’s cooked, let it cool on a counter (no bath) and cover it with plastic film and refrigerate it for 4-6h at least, it can be more. I do overnight often. Then you remove it from the pan using the knife technique Jen showed.
    Simple. Easy. Cheap. No leftover egg whites.
    Probably not the exact same consistency but another version one could try
    I like mine with air bubbles so I bake it straight in the oven and longer time. My husband likes it creamy so double bath it is for less time. You can play with it. It’s a very forgiving recipe.
    I’ve done it with 4 eggs only, adding more yolks… it always turns out, each version slightly different, but always good.

    • — Nina Sales on December 28, 2022
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  • This year we did Mexican Christmas dinner for our family gathering and I picked your flan recipe and made it. it was very easy to follow except I couldn’t find the temperature of the oven and then I read your comments and it was in there. Everybody loved the flan. Few people have had Flan before and said that that was the best that they’ve had. It was really the talk of the food.
    thank you for your recipe

    • — Tim on December 27, 2022
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  • This is a wonderful dessert but can I use Whipping cream instead of the evaporated and condensed milk as a family member cannot drink milk but can have cream.

    Is it possible for the nutritional values to also include potassium levels

    • — Rose Marie on December 21, 2022
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    • Hi Rose Marie, I wouldn’t recommend whipping cream in place of the evaporated milk and condensed milk — I’m not confident it would come out right.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2022
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    • I’ve made it with dairy free sweetened condensed milk (coconut I think) and coconut milk and it turned out good. But it was my version of the recipe (see recipe on my comment above). I think as long as you use the condensed milk dairy free and the amount of liquid called for, using another dairy free milk, it *should* work. I have not tried it myself but I would if I had a dairy free guest.

      • — Nina Sales on December 31, 2022
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  • Easy and delicious. I really enjoyed making and eating it. As good as any I’ve had. I omitted the bourbon and was skeptical about the additional vanilla but it was spot on.

    • — Ricky on December 20, 2022
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  • I have made this many times, always to rave reviews. Often change up the flavouring to match whatever fruit I am using as a garnish — amaretto with bananas and amaretti cookies on the side, grand marnier with apricots and a few toasted slivered almonds, etc. It is an easy make-ahead dessert that really does wow your guests. It’s a go-to for us.

    Thank you Jen for a no-fail recipe which is simple, quick to put together, made with ingredients I always have on hand, and is always well received.

    • — Dawn on December 17, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn —

    I love this flan and my friends ask for it for every dinner party. Do you have any tips to double the recipe? Size of pan? Length of cooking? I’d rather make one flan, but I could make two separate ones if absolutely necessary.

    Thanks!!!

    • — Iesa on December 13, 2022
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    • Hi Lesa, So glad this has been a hit with your friends! You can double this but for the most predictable results, I’d use two loaf pans. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2022
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  • I looked and must have missed it. What temperature is the oven set to?

    • — Nery clark on November 16, 2022
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    • No worries — the oven temp should be 300°F/150°C. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 17, 2022
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  • Caramel came out perfect! Flan itself not soo good. It did not set well at all. Even though it looks awful, it tastes great. From reading many of the comments apparently I did not let it bake long enough. From reading other comments, I should just keep baking it no matter how long the baking time until it sets. It was firm around the edges by about 1/2 + inch. I think the key for me is to understand the dimension of a jiggly center? Thanks for any advice you can offer me…

    • — Tom on October 30, 2022
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    • Hi Tom, I’m sorry that you had a problem with this! Just the very center of the flan should be jiggly when it’s done; nothing else should really move. Your oven may run a little cool so I’d just keep the flan in there until it gets to that texture. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2022
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  • I’m curious – trying to get the smoothest flan as I’ve been prone to bubbly ones after my first attempt. Was there a reason why you didn’t temper the eggs?

    • — Michelle on July 6, 2022
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    • Hi Michelle, There’s no need to temper the eggs here because they’re not being combined with any hot ingredients. Hope you enjoy the flan if you make it!

      • — Jenn on July 10, 2022
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  • Please help! I had 3 failed attempts at the caramel 🙁 I know it is a very detailed and finicky process. The first time, I gave in and stirred with a wooden spoon as it turned honey colored (my son warned me not to!) which resulted in all crystal formation and out that went! The second time, it took a LONG time to turn colors and yet, I did not get a rich amber colored caramel like yours. As I went to pour it into the baking container, I scraped the bottom of my pan with a spatula and lo and behold, the crystals started forming at the base of my baking dish and I had to throw the whole thing out! I tried again, with determination and no stirring utensils! I managed to get a fairly deep golden caramel (not amber!), at which point I poured it into my glass baking dish. It sizzled for a while and the crystals were starting to form at the base, but I threw my custard in there and baked it up! The resulting flan was DELICIOUS taste-wise! I still want to finesse the caramel technique – please help! FYI, I am using an All-Clad heavy bottom pan to make the caramel. And using a glass Pyrex dish to bake the flan in. Any tips or thoughts Jenn? Thank you in advance.

    • — Faye on June 27, 2022
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    • Hi Faye, I’m sorry you had such a hard time with the caramel! It sounds like you did everything right the third time. In what way would you like to improve it?

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2022
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      • Thanks Jenn. I’d like to know how to prevent the caramel from crystallizing when I pour it into my Pyrex baking dish. I feel as though I have to double or triple my caramel recipe in order to get barely any syrup with the flan. The rest just became a solid sheet of crystallized sheet on the base of my baking dish. I understand that the caramel solidifies when you pour it into the baking dish, but what other steps can I take to avoid the crystallization of the sugar?

        • — Faye on July 3, 2022
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        • Hi Faye, I think what you’re suggesting (doubling or tripling the caramel) may give you more of what you’re looking for. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

          • — Jenn on July 8, 2022
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  • This flan was excellent. I made it as described and it was not overly sweet and not difficult to prepare. I did use 1/2 tsp. of Grand Marnier extract instead of bourbon and it worked great! The caramel gave me some fits, though. It started solidifying as I was pouring it into the loaf pan, resulting in a very uneven layer on the bottom of the pan. But after it was baked and then cooled, there was a nice even layer across the top of the flan, although not nearly as dark as the photo. It came out of the pan perfectly, too. I’ll be making this one again in the future. Thanks for everything you do here, Jenn. It’s greatly appreciated. And hey, I haven’t made a dud since I discovered this wonderful site!

    • — John from SW Colorado on June 9, 2022
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  • OMG!!! This is the best flan I have ever tasted. I replaced the bourbon with white rum and added lime zest for extra flavor. It came out delicious. I had guests for Mexican dinner so the flan was the perfect closure to our soirée. Thank you for another great recipe!

    • — Maria Stern on June 1, 2022
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  • Is the measurement of the condensed and evaporated mild in fluid ounces?

    • — Jane on May 26, 2022
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    • Hi Jane, Sweetened Condensed Milk is measured by weight, not fluid ounces, because of the product thickness. It does not measure the same as what we normally think of when measuring a regular liquid such as water or regular milk because of its density. (I took this right from the Eagle Brand site.) Evaporated milk is measured by fluid ounces. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 26, 2022
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  • The flan turned out fabulous! it has good consistency, it came out all in one piece. The taste is great and by now I have cut several pieces. They don’t collapse so presentation is good. Thank you for this recipe, I had not eaten flan for many years since I was a child at my parents home, memories are flowing back!

    • — Soledad on May 22, 2022
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  • I could not get the caramel to get golden and it crystalized for me. So at the last second I made the caramel dry, just sugar in a pan, and it got dark golden in seconds, then I used Jenn’s method and added some water, swirled it and dumped in the loaf pan. It looked beautiful. I’m sure I did something wrong myself with Jenn’s method in this recipe. But anyway, hope it turns out ok, baking in a water bath now.

    • — Soledad on May 21, 2022
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  • Really great! Excellent recipe – and pretty easy too. thanks so much for posting this!!!!

    • — Mike on May 13, 2022
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  • Followed the recipe exactly. Came out perfect. Just be patient with the sauce, give it time.
    Thank you!!

    • — Liz on May 11, 2022
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  • The caramel was easily the best that I have ever made by using the technique in the recipe. The flan turned out beautifully however the custard, for me, tastes a bit eggy. I have a flan recipe from an old bon appétit cookbook called flan de Naranja. It is actually the best flan I have ever had. I never hesitate to use one of Jens’s recipes because they always turn out well.

    • — Sherry on May 11, 2022
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    • What the temp for baking? Thanks

      • — Patricia O'Farrill on May 18, 2022
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      • Hi Patricia, it gets baked at 300°F/150°C. Hope you enjoy!

        • — Jenn on May 19, 2022
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  • My flan was absolutely delicious! Thank you, Jenn, for this recipe! Served on Mother’s day to my 95 year old mother-in-law!

    • — Linda on May 10, 2022
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  • Outstanding, easy, and all ingredients were in my pantry. Makes an unctuous silky custard with a gorgeous caramel. I made it exactly as written for our Sunday dessert group but subbed about 1 1/2 tbsp amaretto for the bourbon. (We are not big on bourbon.) Served it with a few raspberries and sprinkled a generous few toasted sliced almonds on each serving for some crunch. Restaurant quality flan without the fuss (and fear) of turning out individual creme caramels for each person. A definite keeper.

    I have made many of Jenn’s recipes and have both of her cookbooks. The instructions are easy to follow and they turn out as described. The only tweaks I make are generally to adapt to our personal taste. Thank you, Jenn for inspiring me to try new techniques and different recipes.

    • — Dawn M. on May 10, 2022
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  • Delicious! I had a hard time with the caramel partly because I use a natural sugar that is already brown so I was uncertain when it was done and undercooked the caramel but it still was good just not thick

    • — Mary E on May 6, 2022
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  • Until I tried your recipe, my attempts at making flan were hit and miss. Your recipe is easy to follow and the result is muy perfecto y delicioso! In fact, I have received numerous compliments, many of which proclaim it to be the best flan ever! Thanks!

    • — Steve-O on May 4, 2022
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  • Can you please tell me how much caramel is needed if I am too lazy to make it from scratch and want to use the salted caramel from TJ (forgive me!)? Thank you.

    • — dawn on May 4, 2022
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    • Hi Dawn, I’m not familiar with the caramel from Trader Joe’s and don’t think that it would necessarily behave the same way so I wouldn’t recommend it – sorry!

      • — Jenn on May 5, 2022
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  • Made this yesterday for our Tex-Mex family lunch today. I served slices of it with raspberries and everyone loved it. The key, which I read in another version of this ATK recipe, is to bake until the flan is 180° in the center. For me that was exactly 90 minutes in my USA loaf pan. I also took another hint from the other version of this recipe and put a dish towel in the larger pan beneath the loaf pan to keep the loaf pan from sliding around. Yes the towel got wet.

    • — Carol F. on March 13, 2022
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    • Thank you for the temperature and timing. This was very helpful. ( My first attempt. )

      • — Philip G on May 1, 2022
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    • Thanks for this! I have an instant read thermometer that will be great for this! I make a coconut flan in a bundt pan that has coco rollado (grated coconut in heavy syrup) in it. Fill the center with strawberries and decorate around the edge with them. I’ve never made it when people didn’t ask for the recipe. Even people who don’t care for desert seem to like flan.

      • — MJ on May 4, 2022
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  • I made this flan and it was a huge success. I never made a flan before and I followed Jenn’s directions exactly as written. Guest were raving about it. One guest said he had tasted many flans in his time and this by far was the very BEST!! I appreciate all the details and hints that Jenn includes in her recipes.

    • — Josette Schwartz on February 27, 2022
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  • So. I made it for the first time last night. Was nervous about the carmelized sugar but the video was terrific. My dilemma was that my loaf pan matching the size requirement is glass. I started out at the right temp but then thought I should lower the temp by 25 degrees because of the glass. I baked for 100 minutes. I had about 1/2” on the sides that firmed up. I took it out, cooled, and refrigerated overnight. This morning I have a very jiggly flan. I’m afraid it will just collapse if I try to remove it. This was a practice run so I’m going to bring it to room temp and put it back in the oven. Figure I have nothing to lose at this point. So. Should I have lowered the oven temp or should I have left it in longer? Thoughts? Thank you!

    • — Arlene on January 19, 2022
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    • Hi Arlene, I’m glad you did a trial run! When you make this again, I’d recommend keeping the oven temp the same and keeping the flan in the oven until it is more done in the middle than you experienced your first time around. You may end up exceeding the baking time in the recipe as you did this past time. While it’s not mandatory for this recipe, if you continue to struggle with it, you may want to invest in a metal loaf pan. Good luck!!

      • — Jenn on January 21, 2022
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  • Great recipe. Beautiful, delicate flavor and not too sweet.

    • — Niki on January 3, 2022
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  • Hi there,
    I made this recipe, and it is currently in the oven. I’ve had it in there for around 75 minutes at 150 degrees celsius, however it is still very liquidy. I doubled the recipe, and as a result used a much larger and flatter pan for it, and also used only 5 whole eggs as that was all I had. Will all the changes I made affect it too greatly? I put it in for around 20 more minutes, but upped the temperature to 200 degrees celsius. If it doesn’t set at all, is there anyway to fix it, or is it going to be completely done for?

    Thanks

    • — Aliza on December 29, 2021
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    • Hi Aliza, unfortunately, it may be difficult to salvage. Because baking is such an exact science, I think the number of eggs you used definitely contributed to the problem. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2021
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  • Hi there – my flan is not set perfectly. Can I still salvage it by cooking more in a water bath? If yes, how do you advise I do this?

    • — Melissa on December 28, 2021
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    • Hi Melissa, Did you already unmold the flan?

      • — Jenn on December 28, 2021
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      • Hi there,

        I thought I responded earlier, but am re-posting in case it wasn’t successful.

        No, I haven’t unmolded the flan. I am hoping to serve this on friday. What do you think? Do you think it might be worth a try to try another water bath ??

        Thanks so much!

        Melissa

        • — Melissa on December 28, 2021
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        • Yes it’s fine to put it back in the oven in a water bath.

          • — Jenn on December 28, 2021
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          • Hi Jenn, just a quick note to say that re-cooking in the water bath worked like a charm. It was delish, and I served with a raspberry puree. Thanks for your advice, and happy new year! Melissa

            • — Melissa on January 1, 2022
      • Omg this is so good. I made it last night for the first time and it was a hit with everyone in the household. It came out perfect amd the texture is soooo creamy!

        • — Carrie on April 1, 2022
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  • I’ve made this recipe quite a few times and it’s delicious. I double the amount of vanilla and bourbon, just love the extra flavor.
    The flan comes out without any holes (pet peeve of mine), just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • — Mercy Sauer on December 24, 2021
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  • I love this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious. Can I make mini flans out of this instead of 1 flan in a loaf pan? I’m wondering if I can use 8 oz ramekins, and how many I should use. Thanks for the recipe!

    • — FlanLover on December 23, 2021
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    • Sure that will work but can’t say for sure how many – it depends on how high you fill them. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 25, 2021
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  • New experience for me. I was a bit unsure of just how the caramel topping should look and act and threw the first attempt out – but no big loss. The second one seemed right. BUT one never knows until the final ‘unveiling’ of the dessert with the wide-eyed guests watching. At first I thought it was stuck, so just left it for a few moments and when I removed the pan it was PERFECT!!! A fabulous ending and everyone loved it. This was a perfect dinner with Jen’s beef enchiladas and the Mexican Rice. Rave reviews all around and all of it was made ahead of time and transported to my daughters to be re-heated and served. I love everything I make of Jen’s. And that is nearly all of my meals these days. From every day to special. THANKS!

    • — Judi on November 7, 2021
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  • If I want to make mine less sweet, do I simply put in less sweetened condensed milk? Like half or 3/4 of the can of sweetened condensed milk? Thank you.

    • — Jane on November 1, 2021
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    • Hi Jane, I’d stick with the amount of sweetened condensed milk but you could put less of the caramel mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2021
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  • I made this last night and will be having it for supper tonight for our family’s Thanksgiving get together. I just couldn’t get the caramel to change color. I started from stratch, but after 20 minutes had crystals. Found a youtube that demonstrated how to do it in the microwave and I had more luck with this. The rest went well, crossing fingers it inverts easy!

    • — Yolande on October 11, 2021
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    • Hi Jen,
      There was a comment from someone about lifting the foil to check for doneness. However, your recipe does not say to cover with foil before putting in the oven.
      Thanks,
      From another Jen

      • — Jennifer Burgh on December 4, 2021
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      • Hi Jen, You must’ve overlooked it, but it’s mentioned in the last sentence of the 4th paragraph. Hope that clarifies!

        • — Jenn on December 6, 2021
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        • So to clarify, the directions are listed twice. Once with pictures and again at the bottom of this article. Only the bottom set of directions mentions foil. I noticed that after I had already started baking without the foil. Hope it turns out okay!

          • — Jesse on May 16, 2022
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          • Hi Jesse, I’m sorry that the foil wasn’t mentioned in the step-by-step section – I’m going to update it now. I hope it came out okay!

            • — Jenn on May 17, 2022
  • This was my first time making flan, and your recipe was perfect 👌
    So smooth, and better than so many flans I have eaten.
    I just didn’t put in rum
    Thanks for this recipe!

    • — Jessica on October 8, 2021
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  • So silly question….I have mine in the oven as we speak….it says to take it out when edges are set and middle is still jiggly. However, you cannot do this unless you remove the foil that is tightly on. Is this okay to do?? I did take it off to check and it was not ready yet. I hope I didnt ruin it! So excited to try this out!! My first time making flan.

    • — Michelle Levinson on September 30, 2021
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    • Hi Michelle, not a silly question at all! Yes, to check the flan, you need to peel back the foil. How did it come out?

      • — Jenn on October 1, 2021
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  • Made this for Sunday afternoon tea. Followed recipe exactly but subbed out Grand Marnier for the bourbon and baked in 6 ramekins. Served it with some orange sections (supremes) on the side. Heaven on a plate. Rich, creamy and looks beautiful. Better yet – a great make ahead dessert.

    • — Dawn on August 28, 2021
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    • Oooooh! This sounds wonderful!

      • — MJ on May 4, 2022
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  • I plan to bring this to a dinner party. Can I unmold it at home before I go even though it won’t be served for 3-4 hours? Or should I wait an unmold it just nefore serving?

    • — Anne on August 11, 2021
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    • Sure, Anne, that’s fine. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on August 12, 2021
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  • Not A Fan of the Flan.
    Cloyingly sweet and it completely collapsed even though I baked it for the maximum time and refrigerated overnight.

    • — Priscilla on June 17, 2021
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  • Amazing, I did something wrong tho. The flan was perfect and the caramel mostly delicious, but there was a sheet of caramelized sugar on top. I pulled it off and it was a rectangle sugar sheet. What did I do? Still rave about it but I don’t want to mess it up again. Served with Bourbon soaked mango slices.

    • — MaryAnn on June 15, 2021
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    • Hi MaryAnn, that is a head-scratcher — I’ve never heard of that happening! Did you make any adjustments to the recipe?

      • — Jenn on June 16, 2021
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      • No. Im confused. I wonder if I cooked the sugar too long. Trying again tomorrow.

        • — MaryAnn on June 18, 2021
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        • MaryAnn, that’s likely what is was. I have made many flans and you have to carefully watch the color of the caramel.

          • — MJ on May 4, 2022
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  • The flan was the star ⭐️ of my Argentinian dinner party! Perfection.

    • — Janet Meyer on June 15, 2021
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  • If I made this recipe in an 8 in. springform pan, should I double or triple the recipe? What about baking time?

    • — Lexie Tsikouris on May 28, 2021
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    • Hi Lexie, I actually wouldn’t change the quantities; you will just have a shorter flan in a round pan. The cook time may be a bit less; I would just keep an eye on it.

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn. My mom would love a warm flan for her birthday. Can this flan be served warm after baking, or is it imperative to refrigerate overnight? Thanks so much.

    • — KG on May 8, 2021
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    • Hi KG, I’ve never eaten flan without refrigerating it, but I think it can be done. If you’d like to try it, I’d let it sit and cool for a few minutes after removing it from the oven so it can continue to firm up (it still cooks for a few minutes after coming out of the oven).

      • — Jenn on May 10, 2021
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  • Do I grease my loaf pan

    • — Ann Brown on April 29, 2021
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    • No, it’s not necessary here. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 29, 2021
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