Creamy Leche Flan

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In Filipino gatherings like fiestas and birthdays, Leche Flan is almost always present. Aside from the creamy taste, this can easily be made a few days ahead which makes it very easy to prepare if you’re having a party. This dessert goes way back during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. It’s similar to the Creme Caramel which is baked (bain marie) or steamed custard with a sweet caramel topping.

There are a few versions of Leche Flan. But, the most common is using only egg yolks. The texture is creamier and richer that’s why a little goes a long way with this flan. So delicious!

Recipe Ingredients

Creamy Leche Flan Ingredients

Creamy Leche Flan Recipe

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Creamy Leche Flan

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Probably the most loved Filipino dessert, you can find Leche Flan served almost always in Filipino gatherings. Enjoy our recipe!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino


For the caramel topping:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water

For the flan:

  • 9 egg yolks from large eggs
  • 1 can condensed milk 300 ml
  • 1 can evaporated milk 354 ml
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large lemon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, place the ingredients for the caramel. Swirl to wet the sugar and cook on medium to medium-high until golden brown in color. Be careful not to burn the caramel. Pour into your choice of mold (I used a 9×5” loaf pan). Let cool.
  • In a large bowl, place the egg yolks and condensed milk. Break the yolks and stir the mixture gently with a wooden spoon. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed.
  • Strain the flan mixture 3x using a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Remove the bubbles that rise to the top and gently pour mixture on top of ALREADY COOLED caramel. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Pour about 1/4 inch hot water on a bigger baking pan and place the mold on top. The water level should reach halfway of the flan mixture. Add more water if needed.
  • Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the water bath and cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before unmolding.
  • To unmold, run a small spatula or paring knife around the mold to loosen flan. Place the serving dish on top of the mold and quickly flip upside-down to release. (see Notes)


*** To help loosen the flan, pour hot water on a baking pan and place the mold on top. Wait for a few minutes until the caramel starts to melt before unmolding.
Keyword leche flan
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