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5 from 19 votes

Mexican Flan

Flan is a silky vanilla custard topped with a yummy caramel sauce. It's a very popular dessert that's creamy, rich, and decadent.
Prep Time3 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 202kcal


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk or half and half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind grated


  • Heat ½ cup sugar in a skillet, stirring constantly until it melts.
  • It will turn a dark golden color.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Immediately pour the melted sugar into a round tart pan or round pie pan.
  • Swirl it around the pan to evenly coat the bottom.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
  • To the bowl, add milk (or half and half), ½ cup sugar, vanilla, and orange peel.
  • For the water bath:
  • Place a large roasting pan on an oven rack.
  • Inside the roasting pan, add the caramel coated pan to the center.
  • Pour egg mixture into the caramel coated pan.
  • Run the tap water until it gets hot.
  • Carefully add the hot tap water in the roasting pan and around the uncooked flan pan to a depth of 1 inch.
  • Bake at 325 F for close to l hour, or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Cool the flan on a wire rack.
  • Then chill for at least 3½ hours.
  • To unmold the flan:
  • Use a spatula and gently go around the sides of the pan.
  • Place the serving platter over the pan.
  • Flip the pan and the platter and allow the flan to come down.
  • Spoon any of the caramel that may remain in the pan on top of the flan.
  • Slice and Enjoy!



Chill for at least 3½ hours. Overnight is best. 
When you flip the pan, slowly remove the platter. Allow the flan to come down, or it can crack. 
The DEEPER the pan, the THICKER the flan will be. 
To make this recipe using a pie pan, you will need TWO pie pans. 


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 166mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg