Spanish Flan

Flan is a traditional dessert that reminds me of my childhood and my grandmother taught me how to make it.

Every summer, when I was a kid, I used to go with my siblings to our family house in the countryside. In that place surrounded by nature, I spent my happiest summers … and the food… mmmmm… that was good quality food.

We used to help our grandmother Margarita to collect eggs from the hen house. Our mission was to find as many as we could and give them to her. The feeling of finding eggs, especially the most hidden ones, was very similar to finding treasure. It was a lot of fun.

Imagine what delicious flans came out of those fresh eggs!

My grandmother used to make flan of all kinds. A flan recipe she almost always made was this traditional one, using just three simple ingredients: eggs, milk and sugar.

What is Flan?

Flan is an egg custard baked in water bath and topped with caramel. It is a very popular dessert in Spain, and it is very easy to make since you only need three ingredients to prepare it: eggs, milk and sugar. There are other delicious flan variations such as this one made with condensed milk.

What Flan Mold Should I Use?

When there are more than 6 of us at the table, I use a large flan mold. Otherwise, as in this case, I use small flaneras (flan ramekins) when making this flan recipe.

What to make today for dessert ? If you have eggs, milk and sugar in the kitchen, this traditional flan recipe will be your right choice to surprise your friends and family.

This Spanish flan recipe ( “flan de huevo” ) ranks #1 on Google Spain

How to Make Flan

1. Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).

Caramel Sauce

2. In a saucepan, add two tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of water over high heat. Do not stir it neither with wooden spoons nor metal spoons, just gently shake and tilt the saucepan until the sugar combines well and browns evenly.

3. As soon as it is golden brown, remove the caramel from the heat and pour it in 6 flan ramekins, tilting and turning each one to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Be very careful with the caramel because it burns a lot!

Egg Custard

4. In a bowl, beat 6 eggs with a wire whisk or hand held mixer on low speed.

5. Add in 2⅓ cups of whole milk and 1¼ cup of sugar. Keep beating on low speed until well combined. Tip: you beat at this speed to avoid too many bubbles forming in the custard.

6. Pour egg mixture into the previously caramelized flaneras. Tip: pass the mixture through a sieve to get rid of lumps and bubbles.

Bain-Marie

7. Now its time to bake the custard in water bath. Place the flan ramekins inside a glass baking dish and fill it with enough boiling water to reach halfway up sides of the flaneras. Then, cover each one of them with aluminum foil. In case you use a large flan mold, cover it with the lid that comes with it. Tip: other way to prepare the bain-marie is by leaving the baking dish, filled with less than halfway up of water, in the oven when preheating.

8. Bake for 35 minutes. Make sure flans are done by pricking a needle. If it comes out stained, leave them a few more minutes. If it comes out clean, the flans are ready.

Chilling Time

9. Allow them to cool to room temperature for about ten minutes before putting them in the refrigerator. The chilling time is 3 hours.

10. Before serving, unmold them with the help of a knife. Place a plate on top and turn each flanera upside down. Et voilà... you have made a delicious flan that will take you back to your childhood!

If you love flans as much I do, try making this delicious flan recipe with condensed milk.

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Spanish Flan Recipe

My grandmother used to make us most of the time this classic flan recipe, made with three simple ingredients: eggs, milk and sugar.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Resting Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 people
CALORIES 296 kcal

Ingredients
  

Egg Flan

  • 6 eggs
  • 2⅓ cups whole milk ( 570 ml )
  • cup sugar ( 250 gr )

Caramel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).

Caramel Sauce

  • In a saucepan, add sugar and water over high heat. Gently shake and tilt the saucepan until the sugar mixes well and browns evenly. As soon as it is golden brown, remove it from the heat and pour it in the 6 mini flaneras, or flan ramekins.

Egg Custard

  • In a bowl, beat 6 eggs with a hand held mixer or a whisk.
  • Add in milk and sugar to the egg mixture. Beat on low speed to avoid making too many bubbles in the custard.
  • Pour the mixture into the previously caramelized flaneras.

Bain-Marie

  • Place the flan ramekins in a glass baking dish and fill it with enough boiling water to reach halfway up sides of the flaneras.
  • Cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.

Chilling Time

  • Allow them to cool to room temperature for about ten minutes before putting them in the refrigerator. The chilling time is 3 hours.
  • Before serving, unmold them with the help of a knife. Place a plate on top and turn each flanera upside down. Et voilà... you have made a delicious flan that will take you back to your childhood!

EQUIPMENT

flaneras
Mini Flaneras

NOTES

Can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days.

NUTRITION

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 204mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hi! My name is Blanca, and I am an interior architect by day. By … morning, noon and night, I’m a mother of two little angels!! I love desserts and, in my spare time, I make all kind of sweet treats and write about it on my blog.

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