Do you know that making Spanish Flan is an easy process and requires just 4 ingredients? This is an original Spanish Flan recipe and is fully translated into English and calculated in cups and grams.
Spanish Flan is something very special. The consistency of Flan is like pudding, or jelly, or custard. Yes, I think it's more like a custard. It is firm that it holds its stand, but after you put it into your mouth, it literally melts between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
Spanish Flan is relatively easy to make.
Before you start with cooking the sugar syrup, prepare the ramekins. Place six 1-cup-sized ramekins in a 9x13" baking dish. Fill it up with warm water from the tap until the ramekins stand about ¼ - ½ in water. The warm water is important that the ramekins are warm when you fill in the sugar syrup.
Then, cook the sugar syrup.
Therefore cook sugar over medium-low heat until completely liquefied and golden brown in color. This is the most time-consuming part of making this Spanish Flan recipe.
The cooking will take about 10-15 minutes.
Stir constantly and remove from heat immediately when it is liquefied and has the described color. The sugar burns very quickly, so don't cook it too long.
Then spoon into the warmed ramekins quickly. You will notice that the sugar is getting VERY, VERY quick hard while spooning. The best is when you place the baking dish with the ramekins next to the stove where you cook the sugar. Then spoon sugar syrup into the first ramekin until the bottom is covered (about 1-2 tbsp).
TIP: If necessary, place the saucepan back on the heat for a few seconds to liquefy the sugar again. Repeat with the other 5 ramekins until you run out of sugar syrup. Then set aside until you are done with the flan.
The majority of the work is done. Now, it's time to make the flan.
Mix eggs and sugar until creamy for about 3 minutes. Then add milk and bourbon vanilla. Mix to combine. Then pour through a mesh strainer to remove the most of the air bubbles.
By the way, I really encourage you to use real bourbon vanilla beans for this recipe although you can see the black vanilla seeds on top of the flan. The taste of the flan is just perfect when made with real bourbon vanilla bean seeds.
Then divide into the 6 ramekins. Cover each ramekin with aluminum foil separately.
Cook in the water bath, also called bain-marie, for about 60-70 minutes. Check one ramekin after 60 minutes by looking under the foil. It should jiggle when moving like jelly or pudding. Don't overbake. Check back every few minutes if not done after 60 minutes.
Then remove from the water bath and let cool to room temperature. Afterward, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
After chilling and before serving, run a knife around the sides where the flan is connected to the ramekins. Then place a plate on top and flip over the plate. Then slightly shake the ramekin that the flan is falling on the plate. Watch the video above to see how I did it.
The sugar syrup will run over the flan.
Don't scratch out the hard sugar crust from the ramekins to put it on top of the flan.
For easier cleaning, fill ramekins with hot water from the tap and let them stand until the hard sugar crust is dissolved.
Store leftover flan in the ramekins and remove them just before serving. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 1 day.
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Spanish Flan Recipe
- 1 ½ cups granulated white sugar (300g)
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups full-fat milk (480ml)
- 2 vanilla beans* (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place six 1-cup-sized ramekins in a 9x13" (23x33cm) baking dish. Fill up with warm water (directly from the tap is fine) until the ramekins stand about ¼ - ½ in water. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, cook 1 cup (200g) sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and liquefied with a golden brown color. Stir constantly and be careful not to cook it too long. The sugar burns very quickly. Immediately spoon into warmed ramekins equally. If the sugar gets to firm while spooning into the ramekins, place back on the heat in-between for a few seconds to liquefy again. Let stand until you are done with the filling.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl with a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk eggs and the remaining ½ cup (100g) sugar on medium-high speed until creamy for about 2-3 minutes. Add milk and vanilla* and stir to combine. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove almost all air bubbles. Divide into six 1-cup-sized ramekins equally. Cover each ramekin with aluminum foil separately and seal tightly. Bake for about 60-70 minutes (I baked mine exactly 65 minutes). The flan should wobble like a pudding or jelly when move. Check consistency after 60 minutes by looking under the foil of one ramekin. If it is not done after 60 minutes, check back every few minutes. Don't overbake. Then remove from water bath and let cool to room temperature. Chill 4 hours in the fridge.
- Before serving, run a knife around the sides where the flan is touching the ramekins. Flip over the ramekins onto plates. (Watch the video - 26 sec. - to see how I did it). The sugar syrup will run over the flan like a sauce. Don't scrape out the remaining hard sugar from the ramekins. For easier cleaning, fill ramekins with hot water from the tap and let stand until the hard sugar crust dissolved. Store leftovers in the ramekins in the fridge up to one day.