Flan for Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, here’s a friend of mine’s flan recipe that is quite easy. The caramel method is mine. I’ve never been able to get it golden any other way.


1 C sugar
1 1/4 C water

Melt sugar over medium high heat; whisk when starts to melt. Take off heat; let cool 2-3 minutes. Slowly add water as stirring.

Mix in blender:
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
5 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/3 c milk

Pour caramel in a 8X8 glass pan or a round cake pan. Then, pour blender mixture (do not mix!). Put pan in a bigger pan (I use a 9X13) with water filled to the halfway point of the flan pan. Bake for 50 min at 350 degrees.


EmilyCC works for a national non-profit and lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her spouse and three children. She is a former editor of Exponent II and a founding blogger at The Exponent.

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  1. Maria says:

    Mmm…flan. I’ll have to try this recipe. Mine always turns out too runny. Which is never a good thing when you’re working with an egg-based recipe.

    Are you doing anything else to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I’m afraid I’ll be gathering dust here in the library for a few more days. Maybe I’ll order in Mexican tomorrow night. Some mole or posole or taquitos are sounding pretty good to me right now.

  2. Ana says:

    Oh, I love flan! I’ll have to try this!

    When you say condensed milk, do you mean sweetened condensed?

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