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This Caramel Flan Recipe is the BEST – Better than Mom’s!

Teresa's Caramel Flan

This Caramel Flan Recipe will Rock Your World!  (Or at least make you very happy!)

Teresa's Caramel Flan
Teresa’s Caramel Flan

Flan is by far the most popular Cuban dessert.  So, of course, I grew up eating flan every Christmas and on practically every special occasion. It was a big deal at our house. We loved it and looked forward to it!

So, I know a good flan when I taste it, and this recipe is the BEST!

It’s not my recipe, and it’s not my mother’s Cuban flan recipe (although her recipe is pretty darn delicious as well).

Thanks, Teresa, for the recipe!
Thanks, Teresa, for the caramel flan recipe!

 

It’s my sister, Teresa’s, deliciously creamy caramel flan recipe that she has made many times and was kind enough to share with her little sister.

Making a Flan Even with This Great Recipe is Sometimes Tricky

Now, even with this tried-and-true recipe, please note that it’s easy to mess up a caramel flan. I know from experience! But, flan is really not that hard to make if you watch out for some common pitfalls.

So, here are some important tips you should know before making this flan recipe.

Tip #1: Don’t walk away from the stove when the caramel is cooking. It doesn’t take long for the sugar to caramelize and it’s easy to over cook it. So, hang around the stove while it cooks!  You’ll be glad you did!

Sugar caramelizing in pan for Caramel Flan
Picture of sugar melting in pan for Caramel Flan

Tip #2: Always bake the caramel flan in a pan of water. Trust me, from experience, doing otherwise is asking for mushy flan trouble!

Caramel Flan Cooking in a Pan of Water
Caramel Flan Cooking in a Pan of Water

Tip #3: The flan is ready when it starts separating from the pan on the side. I know most recipes suggest inserting a toothpick and checking if it’s clean. Well, that just doesn’t work in this case.  And, if you under bake this flan, it will just fall apart in the middle.  And, it’s an ugly site!  It still tastes good but it just doesn’t look very pretty!

So, if you follow my tips and follow the recipe, I know that you’ll never use another flan recipe!

And, I feel confident that you will love the results!

And, if you like flan, you should give Picadillo a try!  Picadillo is another traditional Cuban and Spanish dish and it’s also yummy!

Happy cooking and baking all!

Maria

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Teresa's Caramel Flan Recipe
My sister's delicious and creamy caramel flan recipe. It's better than my mom's authentic Cuban recipe! It's a cross between a cheesecake and a custard. It's so very good!
Teresa's Caramel Flan
Course dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour (or so)
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour (or so)
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Teresa's Caramel Flan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, cook sugar, stirring, until golden. It doesn't take long to cook, so watch it carefully. Pour into a loaf pan, tilting to coat bottom and sides. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, combine cream cheese, eggs, condensed and evaporated milks and vanilla until smooth. Pour into caramel coated pan.
  4. Fill a 13' x 9" baking pan with 1/2 inch of water and place the loaf pan in it. Bake in preheated oven 60 - 90 minutes, until center is just set. The sides of the caramel flan should be pulling away from the pan when it's done. Cool one hour on wire rack, then chill in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight. To unmold, run a knife around edges of pan and invert on a rimmed serving platter.
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6 Comments

  1. Thank you Cubanita for the best flan recipe ever! It is full proof. I’ve had many unsuccessful experience with making flan in the past, some too eggy, others tasted good but cracked when turned over, and many under cooked. The many disasters stopped me from making my favorite desert. Your tips helped me perfect my flan! Now I can bring it to Mom’s and not panic. P.S. I recently made it for a house full of Cuban grandmas and they were all raving on how good the flan was 🙂

  2. I love flan but never attempted to make it! I have always been told how difficult it is! Thus looks easy enough that I think I can make it! I am going to try it!

    1. Daniella, I bet your Venezuelan recipe is delicious too! All flan is delicious! Next time you make your recipe, please post a picture in the comments! I’d love to see it and know more about how the recipes differ! Thanks for posting and commenting!

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