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Vanilla Flan

Vanilla Flan
Makes:
8
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
60
minutes
based on
94 reviews
This all-time favorite Vanilla Flan recipe is sweet, comforting, rich and a universally known Spanish dessert that is a enjoyed in many Latin-American countries. It's French relative is crème caramel. Flan is well suited to follow a spicy meal or as a delicious snack with a fresh, hot cup of coffee.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit for garnish, (optional)

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

HEAT sugar in small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until dissolved and caramel colored. Quickly pour onto bottom of deep-dish 9-inch pie plate; swirl around bottom and sides to coat.

COMBINE evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Pour into prepared pie plate. Place pie plate in large roasting pan; fill roasting pan with warm water to about 1-inch depth.

BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove flan from water. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

TO SERVE: run small spatula around edge of pie plate. Invert serving plate over pie plate. Turn over; shake gently to release. Caramelized sugar forms sauce. Garnish with fruit as desired.


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  •  Star(s)

    low expectation

    dom v. from Moorpar, CA.

    I was hoping for something different. my sugar didn't melt, the flan didn't look creamy enough, and the taste was plain.

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    Great recipe!

    ANNA ATTIA from

    My family loves flan and this is a simple recipe which yields a great flan!

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    Great!

    claire-anne aikman from

    This is the perfect 1st time, out the gate flan recipe. Not to be done by a beginner in the kitchen, the process does take developed know how.

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    Sugar trick.

    joanna ruiz from Chicago, IL

    The first time I made flan and melted the sugar, the caramel had a burnt taste. So when I made the flan again, I melted the sugar in a small pot and added a tsp. of water and a dab of vanilla. What do you know, when I served the flan the caramel sugar tasted sweet and good.

  •  Star(s)

    caramel sauce

    kathy murdock from ,

    The first time I tried melting the sugar it started to turn into hard lumps after about 10 minutes of stirring. I threw it away, and tried it over medium high heat, and it worked, but it still took about 10 minutes. After that, it was great and will make it again.

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    Flavor of the Flan!

    Jan Wilkins from Blytheville, AR

    I love Flan, and this one was just delicious! I love to make it and I love eating it! 5-Stars!!!!!

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    Delicious

    rosie mac from CORONA, NY

    It was simple once u get all ingredients precisely together. Everyone in the family enjoy it and was very suprise dat all I used was 2 cans of milk(evaported & condensed) and just eggs :)

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan Muy Bueno

    Ning Mendoza from Oklahoma City, OK

    I baked this flan in individual pyrex cups. It is elegant when served with berries and whipped topping.

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    Vanilla Flan

    Vanessa V from

    After baking for 50 minutes as per the recipe's instructions, the flan was still watery--as liquid as when I put it in the oven. I baked it longer and longer until my knife came out of it clean, but by then the top was covered in dark brown splotches. Another note: the sauce becomes hard and brittle as it cools, so transfer it very quickly.

  •  Star(s)

    The best

    Tavany Urena from allentown, PA

    I made one day for new years eve and everyone loved. It was so easy to make. Now I am always in charge of making the desserts.

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan

    Laren Brown from Hopatcong, NJ

    My husband has been trying to make flan for years & it never comes out right till now.This recipe is great.I recomended it to all my friends

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    IT EVAPORATED.

    M Cisne from ROSEMONT, IL

    I Was pretty upset,don't now what happen. Follow the instrution, and at 45 min I poke it to see if it was ready, and it still came negative.I did notice that it was evaporating. I gave it 5 more min and I stop cooking it because it was 1/4 left. I don't know why but it shrink size by 3x and in the end I had some watery mixture and after left it in the fridge it became so sweet. It was a negative

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    Easy & Yummy! :)

    Rocio Camarena from RICHMOND, CA

    It really was easy. The only thing is that it took an hour and a half to bake for me. I still love the recipe and so did my brothers and friends when I made it!

  •  Star(s)

    A Perfect Flan

    Jori Flanner from KOHLER, WI

    This easy recipes makes a perfect flan. A great impressive dessert that can be made the day before.

  •  Star(s)

    easy and delicious!

    ROSA from nj

    It's the best recipe for flan! thanks

  •  Star(s)

    wow!!!

    ISELA VEGA from STOCKTON, CA

    This flan is so great!! I can't believe it is this easy. I have searched for a good recipe for awhile, this easy and good!!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Taste Great

    Deborah Feilen from GOLD CANYON, AZ

    I love flans and this one was very easy and tasted great. I will make this one again.

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome!

    Michelle Cruz from Okeechobee, FL

    I have made this flan so many times that I stopped counting. It is heavenly and EASY to do. This is one recipe I will forever treasure!

  •  Star(s)

    so creamy

    susie spiezio from MANSFIELD, MA

    This was so easy to make, my daughter and I made it for Easter. We served it with fresh strawberries on top. It was just perfect after a big meal, everyone just loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    vanilla flan

    dennis mojica from BRISTOL, PA

    its delicious, simple, and great dessert, you can try fat free or 1/2 sugar milk too. for those people whos concern about sugar and calories. if you try it, its actually same taste. try it and you will like it.

  •  Star(s)

    Good and Easy

    Adela Meraz from

    I took this to a superbowl party and everyone loved it. It is also much easier than the first recipe I tried that required separate mixing of the egg yolks and whites. I definitely recommend this as a classic flan recipe.

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    THE BEST

    pahola oliva peralta from WILMINGTON, CA

    I HAVE DONE THIS RECIPE A FEW TIMES ALREADY AND MY HUSBAND LOVES IT MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN ASKING ME THE RECIPE

  •  Star(s)

    Great romantic dessert

    madeline lopez from BRIDGEPORT, CT

    This is a wonderful dessert to impress that special someone in your life and make them feel loved. Flan is very difficult to make and yet this recipe was a breeze....great one.

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan

    Debbie Bradley from Circleville, OH

    This is an easy recipe for any baker to make, from a first time baker to the experienced baker. A treat that will tickle your taste buds!

  •  Star(s)

    de-lish

    Annie Anilhongse from SAN JOSE, CA

    I made this for my family just because it sounded so delicious and it wasssss. my family ate everything in one night that i was only able to eat one slice. the only problem was that the sugar seized very quickly so it didnt evenly spread but after i baked it and took the flan out of the pan the caramel was everywhere. it was delishhhh

  •  Star(s)

    soooo good

    Kathi Riley from RANDOLPH, VT

    This was so good and very easy to make. This is a special treat for me and my girlfriends. Thank you.

  •  Star(s)

    love it

    jeannette mendez from holyoke, MA

    very good and easy to make and kids love the fine texture of it, that melts in their mouth. i find my self making one every week for family and friends

  •  Star(s)

    vanilla flan

    C. Hernandez from Los Angeles , CA

    I always buy flan, but with this recipe I'll be making flan all the time is so easy to make and is mmmmmmmm good, and my kids love it.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful!

    Ebony from Bronx, NY

    I tried this recipe 3 years ago and have been using it for the Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday every since. It is wonderful.

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan

    Mildred Rosado from buffalo, NY

    I used your recipe and it was great.

  •  Star(s)

    Creamy Goodness

    Sandra Johns from LOS ANGELES, CA

    I made this flan for a family gathering since the food theme was Mexican. Everybody really liked this flan. I plan to make it again!

  •  Star(s)

    vanilla flan

    Barbara Simons from BAKERSFIELD, CA

    Delicious! I only had the swetened condenced milk on hand not the second one so used 1 cup of milk and 3 more eggs. The flan turned out beautiful and we enjoyed it very much.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent Flan Recipe

    Jeannette Taylor from SAN DIEGO, CA

    I had a bad craving for flan, but I never thought that this one was going to be soooooo delicious!!! It reminds me of the one my grandmother used to make all the time. Five stars all the way!!

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to prepare

    I Ochs from LARCHMONT, NY

    This is an easy Flan recipe to prepare. Just follow the steps to make the perfect textured flan.

  •  Star(s)

    vanilla flan

    Tina D from Fountain Valley, CA

    This wasn't so hard to make! Mom and i loved it. Tastes just like the one from our local sandwhich store. =]

  •  Star(s)

    SOOOO GOOOODDDD!

    Jenelle Crescimebeni from KILLEEN, TX

    I just love this recipe. It is just so sweet and good. My husband begs me to make it all the time.

  •  Star(s)

    Flan

    Michelle Cruz from Lakeland, FL

    I am very happy to say that this flan tastes great and was a hit with my family. My husband misses his moms deserts and I found this recipe here. I would like to say that it was easy to prepare and bakes quickly. Also, you use very little supplies and they were things that I already had in my pantry. Thanks for this receipe, I am sure I will be making it quite often.

  •  Star(s)

    the best

    maritza diaz from BRONX, NY

    This is the best and easiest recipe. It also tastes real good and it is not so sweet.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and delicious flan

    Elizabeth Wolfson from Wayland, MA

    This was my first time making flan, but it was very simple and tasted great. I made it in a springform pan and it came out fine. However, I could not get the sugar to carmelize on its own, sp I had to add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream, and that did the trick.

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan

    MIRIAM LARES from TUCSON, AZ

    This was my first time in making this, and my husband, who normally does not like too many sweet things, just loved the wonderful taste! I, as well, loved how easy it was to make and how great it tasted!

  •  Star(s)

    EASY AND ELEGANT !

    TINA ORDZOWIALY from CHICAGO, IL

    I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A GREAT "ANY OCCASION" RECIPE TO DELIGHT MY FAMILY AS WELL AS MY FRIENDS WITH , THIS IS IT ! I ,SERVED THIS TO MY 'CARB COUNTING' HUBBY AND HE DIDN'T EVEN ASK IF I KNEW THE CALORIES !

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious Flan

    Ms. Blaschuk from FARMINGDALE, NY

    The perfect ending for any meal. This flan is light, AND delicious! My daughter-in-laws both wanted the recipe after trying this!

  •  Star(s)

    Great

    Stacy Collins from

    I have always loved custards, and order flan when I eat out at Mexican places. Saw this and wanted to try it, ir was really easy to prepare and bake. Then Tasted wonderful.....

  •  Star(s)

    Flan

    Dennis Sedler from MC KEAN, PA

    It was good. I would make it again. The vanilla flavor was really good.

  •  Star(s)

    SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL !

    P Patel from Chandler, AZ

    I've baked this Flan 3 times now. And its been consistently, mouthwateringly tasty. I've altered one small detail- used lowfat condensed and evaporated milks, instead of regular. Tastes just as good.

  •  Star(s)

    New Years Eve Hit

    Gina Saglimbeni from Yonkers, NY

    I made this for my cousin Vanessa's New Years Eve party to ring in 2005 and it was a big hit. It tastes like something you would order in a very elegant restaurant. My Aunt was so impressed, she now wants this recipe. I will gladly give it to her. The only problem I encountered was preparing the carmelized sugar. I prefer to let the sugar carmelize slowly in the pan without stirring it or touching it. The sugar will finally carmelize after about 15 minutes. It came out better that way. Great and fantastic dessert!!!! Happy New Year

  •  Star(s)

    ALWAYS A HIT

    Norma Martinez from EL PASO, TX

    MY MOTHER MAKES THIS DELICIOUS DESSERT EVERY TIME WE HAVE A FAMILY REUNION AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKE THE LAST PIECE SO THEY CAN HAVE THE EXTRA CARAMEL.

  •  Star(s)

    Just like Tia's!!!

    Michelle Sallee from READING, PA

    I'm a new mom, a new wife...a new one in the family whose starting to take over the cooking from the older women!!! When I brought this home made "flan" to my deep rooted Puerto Rican family, they absolutely loved it!! I made it for Thanksgiving and all the older women were so proud that I made it at home and didn't buy it at the Spanish Grocery Store!!! They were so proud as if my journey in the kitchen had just begun!! In a family of deep routed traditions, this was absouletly perfect!!!! Thanks Nestle!!!

  •  Star(s)

    JUST LIKE THE FLAN FROM THE RESTUANTS

    JUNNY SANTIAGO from BRONX, NY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE! FAMILY MEMBERS COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT I MADE IT BECAUSE IT TASTED JUST LIKE THE ONES FROM RESTAURANTS. THE TEXTURE WAS SO RICH AND CREAMY. IT WAS ALSO VERY EASY TO MAKE AND FAST. IT WAS DELICIOUS!

  •  Star(s)

    Vanilla Flan

    Ava Warner from BROOKLYN, NY

    I tried this recipe for one of my Thanksgiving desserts. It was good, but a little too sweet. I prefer the custard recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from Fat: 80
  • Total Fat: 9g (13% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 5g (27% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 105mg (36% of DV)
  • Sodium: 130mg (5% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 52g (17% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 52g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 25% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Vanilla Flan

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit for garnish, (optional)

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

HEAT sugar in small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until dissolved and caramel colored. Quickly pour onto bottom of deep-dish 9-inch pie plate; swirl around bottom and sides to coat.

COMBINE evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Pour into prepared pie plate. Place pie plate in large roasting pan; fill roasting pan with warm water to about 1-inch depth.

BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove flan from water. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

TO SERVE: run small spatula around edge of pie plate. Invert serving plate over pie plate. Turn over; shake gently to release. Caramelized sugar forms sauce. Garnish with fruit as desired.

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