Classic Flan

A custardy dessert that is somehow both rich-tasting yet light and fluffy. Serve it after any meal or when you're just wanting something sweet.

Yields 4 Servings
Prep + Chill Time 10 min Cook Time 50 min Total Time 1 hour

A rich-tasting custard from Mexico that is delicious served warm or cold. This classic recipe is an excellent introduction to this staple dessert. If you haven't tried it yet, or are just looking for a new recipe, this one is sure to please!


  • 6 large Rosemary Farm eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place sugar in small heavy saucepan. Heat over medium heat, watching carefully, until sugar is melted and turns deep golden brown.
  2. Immediately remove from heat and pour into 9-inch flan dish or pie plate.
  3. Holding dish with potholders, quickly tilt dish to coat bottom completely and evenly. Syrup will harden quickly.
  4. Heat oven to 350°F.
  5. Mix condensed and evaporated milks a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until milk is steaming but not bubbling.
  6. Meanwhile beat eggs and vanilla in medium bowl until blended but not foamy. Slowly stir in hot milk.
  7. Place flan dish in baking pan large enough to hold dish without touching sides of pan. Pour egg mixture into flan dish.
  8. Place pan on rack in center of 350°F oven. Pour very hot water into baking pan to within ½ inch of top of flan dish.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until toothpick in center comes out clean.
  10. Remove dish from water bath at once; cool on wire rack. Gently loosen edges with tip of knife. Invert onto platter. SERVE warm or cold.

Tips on Baking Flan

  • Don’t skip the hot-water bath. A hot-water bath, or bain-marie, insulates the custard from the direct heat of the oven and promotes even cooking so the edges don’t overcook before the center is done. Very hot tap water will do.
  • When is it done? Baked custard should be removed from the oven (and water bath) before the center is completely set. The center will jiggle slightly when dish or cup is gently shaken. Custard will continue to “cook” after it’s removed and center will firm up quickly. Overbaked custard may curdle.
  • The toothpick test: Test for doneness with a toothpick. Insert toothpick about 1 inch from the center. If the toothpick is clean when pulled out, the custard is done. If any custard clings on, bake a few minutes longer and test again.

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