Cuban Flan
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • (optional: 1 tbs water)
  • 5 eggs
  • 8 tbs castersugar
  • 1 tsp good vanilla extract
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (250 gr)
  • 250 ml evaporated milk
  • pinch of salt
  • A nonstick saucepan to make the caramel in.
  • A flan mold with lid (see picture below) and 1 pan where the mold will fit into.
  1. First prepare the caramel to cover the bottom of the flanera (flan mold).

  2. In a small nonstick saucepan, heat the sugar over medium heat. Shake and swirl occasionally to distribute sugar until it is dissolved and begins to brown. Lower the heat and carefully continue to brown the sugar until it becomes a dark golden brown. Stay with it and do not walk away because it can go from amber to burned in a few seconds. You may slightly stir while cooking (only when needed), but continually stirring causes the sugar to crystallize. 

  3. When it reaches a golden brown color you pour the caramelized sugar immediately into the flanera and swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the flanera evenly. You do this because it will continue to cook once you pull it off the heat, so don’t let it get too dark or the caramel will taste bitter and burnt. Be very careful to avoid burns because the mold will get hot so have a towel nearby. Let the caramel cool in the mold while you make the custard. It will harden and stick to the sides of the flanera and that's exacty what you want.

  4. Using a blender or immersion blender, blend together the eggs, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and a pinch of salt until smooth. Pour the egg and milk mixture through a fine mesh strainer into the prepared flanera to ensure a silky smooth texture in your flan. Note that the caramel, as the milk hits it, will start to crack and make noises. This is normal!

  5. Cover the flanera tightly with the lid and place it into a pan that is big enough to hold it and fill the outer pan with water until about 4cm of water covers the sides of the flanera. Baking custards in a water bath is crucial, due to their delicate nature. The water insulates the custard and keeps it from cooking too fast, which causes cracks in the finished flan and a rubbery texture.

  6. Bake the flan on the stove on low heat for at least 45 minutes. To ensure that flan is done remove lid and test it with a wooden stick. It should come out clean when it's done. When it's done remove the flanera from the pan with water and let it cool completely. If you don't plan to serve it after it's cooled, place it in the refrigerator.

  7. When you want to serve the flan you remove the lid and place a dish or plate that is bigger than the top of the flan pot on top, make sure the plate has a small lip as caramel will run. Place one hand on bottom of pot and one hand on top of plate and turn upside down on platter. The caramel, which set up hard in the bottom of the flanera, will have softened due to the moisture in the custard.