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My Sister's Simple Caramel Flan

Makes 9 - 3" x 3" squares or 12 - 3" x 2 ¼" pieces
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Anna


Ingredients for the Caramel:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons water

Ingredients for the Custard:

  • 8 eggs,, room temperature is best
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

Special Equipment:

  • 9" x 9" pan
  • 1 Larger pan that the 9" x 9" pan will fit into with 1" to 2" of clearance around the sides., (I used a roasting pan.)


  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.


  • Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the syrup turns a medium amber color. Swirl the pan, do not stir. This should take about 10 minutes. If necessary, brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent the sugar from crystallizing.
  • Immediately pour the syrup into the 9" x 9" pan and tilt the pan to cover the bottom and about ¼" up the sides with the candy.


  • Put all the ingredients for the custard into a blender and blend until fully incorporated. Or you can whisk the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Pour this mixture over the caramel in the pan.
  • Put the pan with the flan into the larger pan and put this on the middle rack of the preheated oven.
  • Carefully pour hot water into the larger pan until it comes halfway up the side of the flan pan. Try not to get water into the custard.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until the custard is set.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
  • To serve, run a knife around the edge and invert onto a serving platter. (Do this over the sink, because some of the caramel will splash out.)


Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:
My sister, Margaret, loves the custard with the caramel soaked into it, so she refrigerates her flan for 2-3 days. I prefer the caramel to be more separate from the custard, so I leave mine in the refrigerator for 1 day.
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