Traditional Flan

This traditional baked custard in caramelized sugar is a delicious end to any Spanish or Latin American meal.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 9 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 8 large eggs
  • 2⁄3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 3 1⁄2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs until the yolks and whites are well blended. Add the granulated sugar and salt. Beat in the evaporated milk and vanilla extract.
  • Sprinkle 1⁄2 cup of the brown sugar onto the bottom of 4 individual ramekins. Gently pour the custard mixture over the brown sugar.
  • Place the ramekins in a shallow baking pan containing hot water. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours. Before serving, turn each ramekin onto a serving plate, then sprinkle the top with remaining brown sugar. Place it under the broiler and lightly brown the top immediately before serving.