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Caramel Dessert Recipes: How To Make Creme Caramel (Flan)


Easy To Make Creme Caramel

Creme caramel or flan is also known in the Betty Crocker International Cookbook from the 1970s as caramel custard .

I almost prefer the name caramel custard because I think some people are intimidated to think of making flan or creme caramel just because of the name. It is a super simple recipe to make, takes no time at all, and the result is delicious! Somehow when I came across this recipe decades ago, I was not daunted by the name as it sounded so simple!

There are also a billion recipes and variations out there that are equally delicious with different ingredients but the most important thing to remember is that it is a custard so always test for doneness - a paring knife inserted halfway between the pan edge and the center of the custard should come out clean. Most recipes are baked as in the 'old days' - in the oven with the custard cups inside a larger pan with water surrounding the cups or ramekins.

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Creme Caramel - Flan - Caramel Custard

4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar (** see note below)
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten (can substitute 3/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 1 can 13 ounces evaporated milk (1-2/3 cups) - can use nonfat evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the 1/2 cup sugar in 1-quart saucepan over low heat.
  3. Stir constantly until melted and golden brown. (This is making the syrup)
  4. Divide syrup among four 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins.
  5. Rotate cups to coat the bottom.
  6. Allow syrup to harden in cups or ramekins – about 5 minutes.
  7. Mix remaining ingredients, pour into custard cups or ramekins.
  8. Place cups or ramekins in square pan 9 x 9 x 2 inches - place on oven rack.
  9. Pour very hot water into the pan to within 1/2 inch of tops of cups.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean, 40-50 minutes.
  11. Immediately remove from water.
  12. Serve warm or refrigerate and unmold at serving time if desired.


Stir into the beaten eggs

  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Or substitute a liqueur for the 2 tablespoons brandy

** Sometimes the making of the syrup with sugar alone is very hard to do so I researched and found another method that works and is a little more foolproof.  Instead of just the sugar, you can use 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water.  Combine the sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.  Continue cooking for 4 minutes or until golden - then pour into the custard cups or ramekins and proceed as before. 

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Faith on September 22, 2011:

looks goood!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 08, 2010:

There are many recipes and don't be afraid to try one of them or all of them - that's how I find what works for me and I wish you happy cooking! Thanks so much for reading!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 08, 2010:

Yummy! This is one of my favorite desserts. But i have so far not attempted making it at home.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 18, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by lilly_dens - we can't have too many good dessert recipes, can we?

lilly_dens on May 18, 2010:

mouthwatering desserts! lurve it!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 29, 2009:

You betcha....just like my stories...got a million of 'em...thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

ralwus on December 29, 2009:

Oooo, and frozen it excels over ice cream. Thanks for sharing this Audrey.bookmark

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