The Happy Home Cook: Leche Flan

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Leche Flan (Photo by Jeanne Tiong, Wikimedia Commons)

Leche Flan (Photo by Jeanne Tiong, Wikimedia Commons)

Leche flan, the ubiquitous dessert in Filipino parties, is most often cooked with at least eight egg yolks. Here's a simplified, lower-cholesterol recipe that tastes just as sweet.


1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup brown sugar


Caramelize the 1/2 cup brown sugar on the flan container at very low temperature.  Cool until the caramel has hardened.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl then pour over the caramel in the flan container.

Bake at 375 degrees Bain Marie style (double boiler) for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes.  After one hour, tap the top of the flan to check firmness.  Once flan is cooked, turn off the oven; you may continue to leave the flan in the oven to cook and settle a bit more.  You may refrigerate if not to be served immediately but make sure you take container out of the refrigerator 1 hour before serving to get flan to room temperature.

Melanie Suzara

Melanie Suzara

Melanie Q Suzara is a retired official of the United Nations. To keep up with her growing family,  she has taken up home cooking in the last couple of years.

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