Vanilla Flan

Vanilla Flan

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15 min.
60 min.
8 Servings

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.


  • 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)
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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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low expectation

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

- dom v. from Moorpar, CA.

Great recipe!

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



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.

- claire-anne aikman from

Sugar trick.

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.

- joanna ruiz from Chicago, IL

caramel sauce

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.

- kathy murdock

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving
  • 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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