Delightful French-Style Flan: A Rich and Creamy Caramel Custard

Delightful French-Style Flan: A Rich and Creamy Caramel Custard

French-Style Flan, known as “Flan Français,” is a luxurious dessert that is rich, creamy, and perfect for any occasion. This delectable custard dessert sits atop a delightful layer of caramel sauce, offering a balance of sweetness and creaminess that melts in your mouth. Below is a recipe to bring this classic French dessert to your table.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Prepare the Caramel:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture turns a deep amber color. This should take about 10-12 minutes. Be careful not to burn the caramel.
  3. Immediately pour the caramel into a round baking dish or flan mold, swirling it to coat the bottom evenly. Set aside to cool and harden.

2. Prepare the Custard:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs lightly.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Carefully pour the custard mixture over the set caramel in the baking dish.

3. Bake the Flan:

  1. Place the baking dish in a larger baking pan. Fill the larger pan with hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the baking dish (this is called a water bath or “bain-marie”).
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the flan is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  3. Remove the baking dish from the water bath and let it cool to room temperature.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flan to set completely.

4. Serve:

  1. To serve, run a knife around the edges of the flan to loosen it from the baking dish.
  2. Place a serving plate over the top of the baking dish and invert quickly to release the flan onto the plate. The caramel sauce will flow over the top and sides.
  3. Slice and enjoy your delightful French-style flan!

This classic French dessert is sure to impress with its rich flavors and smooth texture. Whether enjoying it with family or preparing it for a special occasion, French-style flan will always be a cherished treat.