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How to make leche flan

Leche Flan is a really cool recipe for a custard-y type food. Leche flan, from Spanish to English, literally translates to "milk pudding." It is sweet and loaded with sugar, fat and all the things that make your nutritionist shake their head and fist when you come back from a long weekend. It's a great summer food, too, and the recipe below is simple enough you can work on it with your children with no problem.

Here are the ingredients to make this yummy dish:

First, the topping is carmelized sugar, so collect up the following-

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the flan itself you'll need-

  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Other stuff you'll use when making flan-

  • a knife (to separate the flan from the mould when serving)
  • a saucepan (for caramelizing the sugar)
  • spoon (to scoop the flan mix into the moulds)
  • blender (mixing the ingredients)
  • oven
  • patience in the face of all that sugar

Video on how to make leche flan

And now, to the cooking part.

The first thing you'll need to do is set your oven to pre-heat at 375 degrees, then carmelize your sugar in a saucepan. From there you'll pour this caramel goodness into the bottom of aluminum molds of your preferred shape.

Now mix together your evaporated milk, condensed milk, egg yolks and extracts into a blender and blend until smooth and lightly frothy on top.

Fill the moulds you've prepared with caramel to about 1 1/4 inches thick, then cover the moulds with aluminum foil.

Bake for 40 minutes in a large baking pan which has a good layer of hot water in it.

Let the now cooked flan cool in the moulds before refridgerating.

Serve cold! When serving, position your plate over the open mould and quickly flip the two over, so the flan is on top and now upside down over the plate. This will bring the caramel side to the top, which is very nice for presentation. Feel free to drizzle with caramel sauce as well for an extra kick.


redwine on January 12, 2010:

Thanks for the tips! Now I can make my own leche plan and I don't have to order anymore. God Bless.

jinx on May 24, 2009:

leche plan is a filipino dessert right?

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Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on November 07, 2008:

Let me know how it goes cgull8m!

cgull8m from North Carolina on November 06, 2008:

I heard about this but I have never tried looks yummy. The recipe is simple, I will try it someday soon. Cheers :)

Elisabeth Sowerbutts from New Zealand on October 30, 2008:

It sounds like the wonderful desert which is common in South America and Mexico - yum!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on October 29, 2008:

I love sweets. I did'nt have a clue what Leche Flan is. I tried your receipe. It was Yummy.... Thanks a lot.

msms on October 29, 2008:

Thanks Gamegirg, nice recipe for lovers of food. It has everything the tongue likes.. Graet Hub //Mahendra Singh

Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on October 29, 2008:

I'm a flan fan myself!

You guys are right, this recipe rocks. I've tried it in the past, though I skipped a step and went straight for caramel syrup instead of caramelizing my own sugar. ;)

terenceyap07 from Singapore on October 29, 2008:

Thanks for this great recipe, my friend.


I'm going to try my hand at this really soon.

Lela Davidson from Bentonville, Arkansas on October 29, 2008:

I'm a flan fan. Sorry, couldn't resist...

ProCW from South Carolina on October 29, 2008:

mmmmmmmm :)

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