Flan Nutrition and Recipe

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Flan Quick Facts
Name: Flan
Origin Spain, France
Shapes Round
Taste Sweet
Calories 73 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Carbohydrate (14.80%)
Selenium (8.18%)
Sodium (6.07%)
Potassium (0.68%)
Calcium (0.50%)
Flan is a dish having an open and rimed pastry or sponge base which contains sweet and savory filling. It is round with shortcrust pastry. Some examples are custard tart, quiche Lorraine, South African melktert and leche flan. It is a light or tasty dessert which is well-known on Spanish peninsular. It is considered that flan was discovered in central European regions of France and Germany but literally the term “flan” is derived from German word “flado” which means cake. The humble flan is favored across Spanish speaking world. An escalation of flan led to various varieties of dish. Recipe of flan could be adapted for various flavors with substituting milk in recipe. In some regions, flan is made with freshly squeezed orange juice as an alternative to milk. In Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay, flans are accompanied by dulce de leche and in Chile, it is accompanied by dulce de membrillo. This dessert has the basic recipe of combining milk, eggs and sugar baked in mold with caramel. The eggs, condensed milk and evaporated milk forms flan so rich.


Roman cuisines are more familiar to Flan. Usually, it is a savory dish as eel flan and sweet flans are created with pepper and honey. Both savory and sweet flans made with cinnamon, sugar, almonds, spinach, curd, cheese and fish are prominent in Europe during Lent when meat was prohibited.


At home we like our flan less eggy and with a creamier, lush texture, flavored with an infusion of cinnamon and lemon and orange peels— a lovely nod to the profuse Moorish influences in the Spanish kitchen.Individual flan molds or ramekins that hold 5 to 6 ounces/150 to 175 ml are ideal. The final texture should be a bit jiggly, just as this Spanish expression indicates: “Como un flan” (like a flan) means to be shaking with nerves or fear.


  • 3 cups/720 ml whole milk
  • Peel of 1 organic orange, white pith scraped away
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons/300 g sugar, plus 1 cup/220 g
  • Fresh whipped cream for garnishing (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, bring the milk, citrus peels, and cinnamon stick to a boil over medium heat, stirring to keep the bottom from scorching. Remove from the heat and let the flavors infuse for 20 minutes or so as it cools.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C/gas mark 2. Arrange eight flan molds, fluted brioche molds, ramekins, or custard cups in a baking pan.
  3. In a small saucepan, dissolve the 6 tablespoons/80 g sugar in 3 tablespoons water over medium heat. When it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer without stirring until caramelized into a rich amber color, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately pour into the molds, tilting them as needed to cover the bottoms evenly before the caramel hardens.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the remaining 1 cup/220 g sugar. Strain the milk, discarding the cinnamon stick and citrus peels. In a slow, steady stream, while whisking continually, pour the milk into the eggsugar mixture. Divide the custard evenly among the molds.
  5. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Pour the hot water into the baking pan until it reaches halfway up the outside of the molds. (Do not splash any water into the molds.) Gently slide the pan into the oven and bake until the flans are set, about 50 minutes. A knife tip should come out clean when inserted just off center.
  6. Remove from the oven, take the molds from the water bath, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  7. To serve, unmold the flans by running the tip of a thin knife around the top edge of a flan, covering the mold with a dessert plate, and inverting, jiggling the mold until the flan is released. Let the caramel run over the top and down the sides. If desired, garnish with fresh whipped cream, either encircling the flans or surrounding them with a series of swirled peaks.









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