The Best Whole Eggs Leche Flan Recipe

Leche flan, also known as caramel custard or caramel flan, is a popular dessert that originated in Spain and is commonly enjoyed in many countries, including the Philippines and Latin American countries. It is a sweet and creamy dessert made with a few simple ingredients: eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.

To prepare leche flan, a caramel sauce is first made by melting sugar until it turns golden and slightly bitter. This caramel is then poured into the bottom of a mold or ramekin. The custard mixture, made by mixing eggs and the milk products together, is poured over the caramel. The dessert is then typically baked in a water bath or steamed until it sets.

After it’s cooked and cooled, the leche flan is inverted onto a plate, revealing a smooth, silky custard with a layer of caramel on top. It’s a delightful combination of flavors, with the sweetness of the custard balancing the slightly bitter caramel. Leche flan is often served as a dessert for special occasions or enjoyed as a sweet treat.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Best Whole Eggs Leche Flan recipe

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Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword caramel custard, custard, leche flan, whole eggs, whole eggs leche flan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Calories 251

Equipment

  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 395 g condensed milk
  • 375 ml evaporated milk
  • 85 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp water this is for the caramel
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Heat up a sauce pan on medium heat.
  • Add sugar and water.
  • Don't stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • When the syrup is golden brown, remove from heat.
  • Immediately pour the caramel onto the ramekins. Remeber to be quick so caramel won't harden.

Custard

  • Whisk the eggs gently so it won't create bubbles.
  • Add the milks - condensed and evaporated milk.
  • Mix them altogether.
  • Add the vanilla and mix it.
  • When everything is well combined, sieve the custard mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps or air bubbles.
  • Gently pour the custard mixture over the caramel in the mold or ramekins.
  • Place the mold or ramekins in a baking dish then fill it with hot water. This is called water bath.
  • Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes at 170C / 350F or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Do not overcook.
  • Let it cool and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • When it's ready to serve, run a knife around the edges around the custard to loosen it.
  • Place a serving plate on top of the ramekin, and quickly flip it over to release the custard with the caramel on top.
  • Enjoy the yummy homemade leche flan!

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