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Salvadorian: Flan de Leche April 24, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Recipes,Salvadorian — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 5:46 am



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ( 14 ounce) condensed milk can, sweetened
  • 2 cups whole milk or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the 1 cup sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Place over medium heat and boil the sugar, without stirring, until it just starts to turn a honey brown, around 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove the caramelized sugar from heat and pour into a 9-inch cake pan or in equal amounts into each of the 6 individual ramekins, swirling to coat the bottom. You may not need all the sugar. Place the cake pan or ramekins in  a baking pan large enough to hold them without touching.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, condensed milk, whole milk, or water, vanilla and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Pour into the cake pan or into each of the ramekins.
  4. Fill the baking pan with enough warm water to come about 2/3 of the way up sides of the containers. Place in the oven and cook until a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean, anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Do not overcook your flan or it may curdle.
  5. Remove the custard from the water bath chill well. Run knife around the edges of the custard, invert over a serving dish and serve.


Flan is a very well known dessert in Latin America. When I was a young girl, I did not like flan. While learning to make it with my mom, I would have to sample it to see if it had the right taste. Eventually, after so much sampling it became one of my favorite deserts.


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