Caramel Flan: The Perfect Choice For A Holiday Dessert

I can’t remember my life without flan. It was the dessert that my mother often made at home. The caramel aroma always transports me to the peaceful and happy days of my childhood. And I can’t remember a Christmas or a birthday celebration without having flan on the menu. Although we would have different options for desserts, a creamy caramel flan was always on the table.

Flan is as old as time. It originated during the Roman Empire and it was introduced to others lands during the Roman conquest. It’s fascinating that this delicious dessert survived throughout the years. No wonder why flan brings Hispanics together since it can be found anywhere in Latin America and Spain!

How To Make Flan

Caramel Flan is a creamy custard dessert containing a savory filling. This is the perfect dessert to experiment with different flavors and textures. For instance, I have tried chocolate, coconut, orange and other delicious variations. However, they can’t beat a creamy flan of caramelo (caramel flan)! If you’ve been wondering how to make flan, now is the time to try!

What you’d need: 

3 eggs (large)

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

14 ounces milk

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk



  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine sugar and 1/4 cup of water and cook until the sugar is dissolved and until it reaches a golden brown. Pour the caramel into a glass baking dish in which you will be baking the flan.
  • In another bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and milk into a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally. Pour this mixture over the caramel.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes.
  • Keep in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Feel free to add a small fruit on the top or if you’d prefer you can leave it as it is. Both ways are delicious!

Happy Holidays!


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