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Creamy Caramel Flan Recipe

Creamy Caramel Flan Recipe

If you're unfamiliar with flan, think of it as a tasty variation on custard. One warning, though—it's very filling. A small slice of flan goes a long way! —Pat Forete, Miami, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 50 min. + chilling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a heavy saucepan, cook and stir sugar over medium-low heat until melted and golden, about 15 minutes. Quickly pour into an ungreased 2-qt. round baking or souffle dish, tilting to coat the bottom; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • 2. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over caramelized sugar.
  • 3. Place the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour boiling water into larger pan to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until center is just set (mixture will jiggle).
  • 4. Remove dish from a larger pan to a wire rack; cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 5. To unmold, run a knife around edges and invert onto a large rimmed serving platter. Cut into wedges or spoon onto dessert plates; spoon sauce over each serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 346 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 155mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.

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cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 258691
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"This is more appropriately "Flan de Queso Crema (Cream cheese Flan)," as traditional flan does not contain cheese. It is a hybrid between custard and cheesecake. And it is 100% rich and delicious! I have made this a few times and have found that people who don't care for the texture of traditional flan really love this one! Don't worry if your caramel layer hardens to that "candy glass." Most of it will soften again while baking, leaving a great sauce on the finished dessert. For best results, mix the flan ingredients before melting the sugar, so it is ready to pour on top of the caramel immediately after you coat the bottom of your mold. A great dessert, sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!"

Texpugs User ID: 8876076 249167
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"Great desert. easy as hell and been told "Best I Ever Had" and I agree. Today making it again from memory."

DawnMarieB User ID: 8823412 246496
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"My caramelized sugar also turned to glass, what went wrong? Other then that it was perfect."

Sheldonbabs User ID: 8775482 244074
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"This was my very first time making flan and it turned out perfect I was so happy with the recipe thank you so much....and.... That was my first time ever melting sugar and it came out perfect"

starbaby68 User ID: 3433989 244029
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"This is the best thing I have ever eaten hands down. It is creamy and decadent."

LoveJay User ID: 8684849 241773
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"@1914skin Nothing is wrong with your hardend caramelized sugar. Pour the mixture and follow the direction above. When it is chilled after one day, you will see the sauce. This recipe is delicious, creamy and firm."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 240167
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"I followed the recipe verbatim ..... The caramelized sugar was hard as glass ..... No sauce .....

What did I do wrong? ..... HELP!!!"

MrsApa User ID: 6917790 239837
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I got almost the exact recipe from my friend who married a Mexican... Hers did't have the cream cheese but had 6 eggs instead of five... So if you don't like cream cheese flavor, cut the cheese out and add an egg! :)"

claudiabg77 User ID: 8571268 235073
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Creamy,firm and soooo delicious, I added extra condensed milk to make it sweeter."

pcsegal User ID: 8104404 230093
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"This flan melts in your a Pastry Chef...I could not fine my recipe so I found this one....hands down.....the best...better than the one I've been using."

Mortimer79 User ID: 8355780 225652
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"I actually have a question. I plan on making this for a function I'm holding and I see that this recipe yields 8 to 10 servings. If I'm making it for approximately 30 people am I able to make a triple batch all at once or will I have to do 3 separate batches for consistency and to allow it to set properly? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance."

DeepSorrow User ID: 6301843 222932
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Delicious! We loved the creaminess, and my husband liked that the cream cheese cut the egg flavor. Very good."

idaniawookey User ID: 8116133 221158
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"Did not like the recipe because the taste of cream cheese! I love cream cheese but not in this recipe."

Hatta User ID: 7288360 219710
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"This really is easy and delicious. Everyone raved over it when I served it. Persevere with the sugar as it takes a while to dissolve"

densley User ID: 7339335 217548
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"OMG....this is so good!!!!!! The recipe is so reminds me of a cross between custard and cheesecake.....very very good"

nopalito User ID: 3750663 29615
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Esta sabroso! However, I use six eggs without the cream cheese, and also mix all in a blender.

Try banana, orange, rum, or what ever extract sounds good. Also, let the flan stand for ten minutes, run a knife around the edge and invert onto a plate with a lip. You will then have the sauce mentioned."

myersgirl User ID: 7776673 201012
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Yes Ladies, The sugar makes a sauce that you'll be able to spoon over the's delicious!"

suzycreamcheese_MI User ID: 264801 18781
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Pour WHAT sauce over each serving?"

marirdz7712 User ID: 7775846 27812
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Instead of melted sugar, I use Leche Quemada (Cajeta). And instead of 5 eggs I use only 4. I also put all ingredients in blender...way easier!"

senalb User ID: 7508174 12186
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Spoon WHAT sauce over each serving? Will there be enough caramelized sugar to do this with?"

jackie1210 User ID: 7686977 12185
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Two thumbs up!! Me and my friends loves it soo much when I tried this recipe..for sure I'll make this again and again. Thanks for sharing :)"

marianegron1969 User ID: 7515214 10637
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014


llockowitz User ID: 4499184 10618
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"Fantastic! Best flan recipe ever."

xmeomen2000 User ID: 7210611 18777
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"My son begged me to make this Flan (we use another recipe). My son loves Flan and gave it thumbs down. It tasted eggy."

destine User ID: 2519270 29608
Reviewed May. 13, 2013

"My son hates flan, but loves cheesecake. This recipe is a hybrid between flan and cheesecake - leaning more towards cheesecake filling so he loves this. This is very easy to make, but it is very rich so a small serving should suffice."

lovestoshop2 User ID: 2662703 29606
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"I have been making this exact recipe for at least 20 years and is truly a winner , for variations you can change the vanilla for for almond ,rum,or orange extract ,,sometimes I add instant coffe and kahlua , you can also splinkle on top chopped wallnuts ,almonds,or make a design with a paper dolly and powdered sugar . This is the basic recipe but you can personalize it many ways.Enjoy!"

Serenity01 User ID: 6762162 28617
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"very smooth and creamy. I truly enjoyed the flavor and texture."

isabella86 User ID: 7235825 29410
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I made this for a baby shower at work this week and everyone loves it..its quick & easy to make.They said the creamcheese makes it light & creamy. I would definitely make it again."

avonderchek User ID: 2096055 18069
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"I made this for a get together and it was phenomenal!! Would make it MANY times over!"

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 17998
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"We used this recipe to send to my son's school for a mexican project he was doing. It was a hit with the kids in his class and teacher. We made it yesterday for home and its awesome. Taste of Home is my lifesaver all the time."

mojomo User ID: 4462613 10608
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"This was soooo good. I just made this Flan this weekend however, I used only 4 oz of creme cheese...but I do not see where the full block would granddaughter (5) love it."

cruzmarga30 User ID: 1702058 9696
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012


puppypal81 User ID: 3831579 28241
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Some tips: when caramelizing the sugar stir it continually until it is thin like liquid & make sure the baking dish is warm when pouring in the caramelized sugar; also, when the flan is done baking allow it to rest in the oven (with the heat turned off) until the oven cools to room temperature then refrigerate it overnight. It will turn out perfect!"

mekz User ID: 6338228 14272
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I made this for book club and all the ladies loved it. Love the creamy texture. Best of all, it was much easier to make than I expected. I will absolutely make this again."

laniellingsworth User ID: 2679429 9695
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"easy and got the seal of approval. Did not make it home from potluck."

devotedmom6 User ID: 5865145 11068
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I made this for my children and grandchildren and they loved it, which was a surprise since they love the tradional spanish flan, which I also make. But they prefer this version to the other. My husband is not a flan lover but he taste it since everyone was saying how good it was and he also loved it. He said it does not have that egg custard consistency, which he hates."

bakingmom4 User ID: 682159 4281
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This was so good and easy. I made this for the first time and will definetly make it again."

lectrigo User ID: 5074477 14271
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"flavor is great A little on the thick side but my family loved the dessert."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 11207
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"Monica, did you refrigerate overnight like the recipe stated? I can't rate this recipe, I did not make it."

1980858894 User ID: 3516293 14263
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Where did I go wrong? I followed the directions as instructed. I left the flan in the oven for 60 min. It looked perfect...golden brown jiggling only a tiny bit. But after letting it cool down, when I turned it around to unmold it was completery raw inside, everything fell out of the dish. It ended up down the sink drain.

Houston, TX"

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