Leche Flan is a staple dessert at any Filipino celebration.

Known in Spanish as flan de leche – leche of course being milk – literally, this is a milk flan! There are multiple varieties of this throughout Latin America but I will stick with the one I know.

Although at first glance, this dessert looks very easy to make, there are a couple of tips worth knowing to achieve the right consistency.

Leche Flan - A Favourite Filipino dessert


1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
6 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water


Caramelise sugar by either the traditional method of combining sugar and water in saucepan or as I prefer, divide sugar and water equally into cooking pans and caramelise under the grill.

Combine condensed milk and evaporated milk. Add vanilla essence.

Separate egg yolks from egg whites. (Saving egg whites for another recipe such as meringues).

Beat egg yolks gently and add to the milk and continue to mix. Important tip: DO NOT AERATE the mixture as this will result in a bubbly finish product.

Strain milk/egg mix into prepared pans.

Traditionally, leche flan is cooked by steaming. I have also made this by baking in a water bath. Both ways work but I prefer steaming.

Cover pans securely with foil and place in steamer. Steam for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool.

When serving, leche flan can be a little tricky to remove from the pan. You can do two things – firstly, place pan in a hot water bath for about 15 seconds, and secondly, run a fine knife around the sides of the pan.

Cover pan with your serving dish and turn over. You should have a firm but soft finished product with a beautiful soft caramel!

Tip: For more caramel with the finished product, caramelise more sugar in the beginning.

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Lisa - May 27, 2011 - 5:42 am

Oh, im drooling!

Paul - May 23, 2011 - 4:20 am

When will be the next post? I mean when will you prepare for the next recipe? I should go over your place, you know, help you out with the tasting… ^^
I already have my bets for MC…

Camilla - May 19, 2011 - 1:51 pm

This looks AMAZING!!! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what’s next on the menu. More importantly, well done you following your passion (and your talent!).
I thought I spotted a very talented photographer helping you out – STUNNING shots Ange!

MyriTimotheou - May 17, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Craig, this looks amazing! will definitely be giving it a go very soon..site is looking amazing!

Eric - May 17, 2011 - 10:57 am

G’day pare,
leche plan looks great can’t wait to make it at home,
we will check out new recipes

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