Flan de la Abuela (Grandma’s Flan)

Flan by Denisse

Yields 6-8 servings


For the Caramel:
½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

For the Flan:
6 egg yolks

1 large whole egg
1 tablespoon aged rum (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup sugar
½ cup (4 ounces) heavy cream
½ cup (4 ounces) whole milk
1½ cups (12 ounces) evaporated milk
8” round metal or glass baking pan


Preheat oven at 350°F

1. For caramel: Place sugar and water in a heavy pan. Mix and cook at medium heat until sugar is dissolved and acquires a light amber color. Cover the bottom of the custard pan with caramel and set aside.

2. Mix the first seven ingredients (six if you exclude the rum) in a blender. Add the heavy cream, whole milk and evaporated milk and continue mixing until an even consistency is reached.

3. Strain this mixture through a sieve and pour into the caramel-coated pan.

4. Place pan in a larger metal tray with ½” of water and bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. The flan will be ready when an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean.

5. Bring to room temperature before refrigerating. Cool overnight in the refrigerator or for a minimum of 4 hours.

6. Flip the flan out of the pan and onto a plate for serving.


To learn more about me or my recipes, visit me at DenisseOller.com and at AARP, where I am a chef and nutrition expert.

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