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Smooth and Creamy Leche Flan

Learn the secret to a perfectly smooth and creamy Leche Flan! Get the recipe now for the ultimate dessert for any special events and occasions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: leche flan, spanish flan
Servings: 12
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated or fresh milk - or fresh milk
  • 1 can (10 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon key lime or lemon zest (optional)
  • 8-9 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Prepare the caramel. Scoop 3 tablespoons of sugar in each (3 small) llanera or flan molds or 4 tablespoons for big llanera. Place the llanera on top of the stove over low heat. When the sugar starts to liquefy, using tongs, turn the llanera in a circular motion to prevent the sugar from burning and let them caramelize evenly. Remove from heat once all granules have turned liquid and are light brown. Set aside.
  • Place the egg yolks in a bowl, and slowly beat them with a fork or whisk. Try not to beat too fast and create a lot of bubbles. Gradually add the milk and condensed milk while continuously stirring. Lastly, add the vanilla extract and zest of key lime or lemon and stir a couple of times more until all is well blended. Sieve the mixture with a strainer to remove undissolved bits.
  • Pour the mixture into each mold. Tap the mold several times on a flat surface to get rid of trapped bubbles. Place the filled llanera or mold in a water bath and bake in the oven at 160°C/320°F for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Do not overcook or the will start to create tiny holes.
  • Let them cool down and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour. When ready to serve, run a knife around the inner edges to separate the flan from the mold. Place a serving plate top-side down over the llanera and flip them over to transfer.



They may also be steamed like the traditional way but it might not be as smooth.
This recipe make 3 medium-size llanera or 2 large ones.
To make just 1 llanera use the following ingredients:
4 egg yolks
⅓ cup evaporated milk
⅓ cup condensed milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp lime zest (optional)
If you do not have a llanera, you can also use a round aluminum mold.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg