Indulge in the Richness of Dulce De Leche Flan

As soon as you have a taste of this dulce de leche flan, you will never go back to your old dessert recipes. This creamy custard dessert, also known as “flan dulce de leche,” is a classic Latin American treat that is enjoyed all over the world. Its rich and creamy caramel flavor, combined with the smooth texture, make it an irresistible dessert that will leave everyone asking for more.

I have been a chef specialized in Brazilian and American cuisine for several years now, and this recipe has always been one of my favorites. It’s easy to make, and the ingredients used are simple yet so flavorful. The combination of sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese gives it a unique flavor that makes it stand out from other flan recipes.

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or just looking for a sweet treat to enjoy after dinner, this dulce de leche flan is the perfect choice. It’s also an excellent dessert to serve during special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I guarantee that this dessert will be a hit with everyone at the table.

In this article, I will guide you through how to make this sweet and indulgent dessert, including tips and tricks that I have learned over the years of perfecting this recipe. So let’s get started on making this delicious dulce de leche flan that will undoubtedly become one of your favorite desserts!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Flan
Dulce De Leche Flan

Listen up, foodies and dessert enthusiasts! You won’t want to miss out on this irresistible dessert. Imagine a rich and creamy caramel custard that melts in your mouth – that’s exactly what we offer with this dulce de leche flan recipe.

Intrigued yet? Here’s why you’ll love it even more. This dessert is deceptively easy to make with ingredients easily found at your local grocery store or perhaps already in your pantry. The combination of sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and cream cheese creates the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess that will have you drooling for more.

But what makes this flan stand out from any other? The secret ingredient – dulce de leche! This classic Latin American sweet has made its way to our beloved American cuisine, bringing a unique twist to classic desserts like flan. The use of dulce de leche results in a richer and more intense caramel flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy yet light texture of the custard.

And for those who think they’ve had it all when it comes to flan, we challenge you to try our recipe’s variations. Whether you want filipino-style leche flan, choco-flan, or even a microwave version, our recipe can be adapted to your liking.

Don’t miss out on this delightful dessert that’s sure to impress your guests or simply satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Give our dulce de leche flan recipe a try and thank us later.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Let’s get started with gathering the ingredients we need to make this delicious Dulce De Leche Flan. You might already have most of these in your pantry, but a quick trip to the store might still be necessary to gather everything you need. Here is what you will require:


  • 1 cup sugar (for caramelizing)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (14 oz / 396 g) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 oz / 340 g) of evaporated milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • One jar (13.4 oz / 380g) of Dulce de leche

It is important to make sure that you have all the right ingredients before you start cooking to ensure that your dessert comes out as delicious as possible. Don’t be afraid to substitute if needed – this is an adaptable recipe that can easily accommodate variations!

The Recipe How-To

 Simple ingredients for an indulgent dessert.
Simple ingredients for an indulgent dessert.

To start the flan recipe, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Then in a pot over medium heat, heat up 1 cup (200g) of sugar together with 1/4 cup of water. Continuously stir until the sugar has dissolved, then let it cook, without stirring, for around 10-12 minutes. You may occasionally swirl the pot until it develops into an amber color. Once done, immediately pour the caramel into an 8 or 9 inch (20-23 cm) flan dish, making sure to coat the bottom and sides evenly.

In a blender or food processor, combine 4 eggs and 2 egg yolks until blended but not frothy. Add in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz), 1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz), and 2 cups (475 mL) of whole milk. Optional: substitute whole milk with cream for a richer texture. Blend well until all ingredients are fully combined.

Without disturbing the caramel layer at the bottom, pour the custard mixture through a strainer into the prepared flan dish. Cover with foil and place in a larger baking pan filled halfway with boiling water.

Bake for about one hour or until the knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least three hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to serve, run a knife carefully along the edges of the flan dish to loosen it up. Place a plate on top of it, then flip it over quickly so that the flan comes out onto the plate with caramel drizzling all over it.

Now, sit back and indulge yourself in this delicious Dulce De Leche Flan, a dessert that is sure to leave you satisfied!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready for a velvety, smooth, and rich treat.
Get ready for a velvety, smooth, and rich treat.

When it comes to making flan, there are several ways to get creative with the recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Instead of using whole milk, you can use coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy-free option.

– Cream cheese can be substituted with mascarpone cheese or ricotta cheese for a slightly different texture and taste.

– For a chocolate twist on this classic dessert, try adding cocoa powder and melted chocolate to the mixture or swap out the vanilla extract with chocolate extract.

– You can also alter the sweetness by playing around with the type of condensed milk or sweeteners used. Use dark brown sugar or molasses instead of white granulated sugar for a richer flavor.

– If you don’t have access to dulce de leche, you can make your own by simmering sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler until it transforms into a creamy caramel sauce.

– Lastly, switch up the serving style by baking cherry or apple slices into the flan mixture or pouring it over a slice of chocolate cake.

Experimenting and improvisation can help you find new variations and creative spins on traditional recipes like flan. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect harmony between creamy and sweet.
The perfect harmony between creamy and sweet.

When it comes to serving dulce de leche flan, there are a variety of different ways to do so depending on your personal preferences. For a classic and elegant presentation, I like to serve it in individual ramekins, topped with fresh berries or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

If you’re more of a casual home cook, you can also serve the flan in a larger dish for everyone to share. No matter how you choose to present it, I highly recommend serving it chilled or at room temperature for the best texture and flavor.

As for pairing, there are many options that work well with this delicious dessert. One classic pairing is with a cup of strong coffee or espresso, which helps cut through the rich creaminess of the flan. Another option is to pair it with a glass of sweet dessert wine, such as Port or Moscato.

For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, I recommend pairing it with a cold glass of milk or even better, hot chocolate! The combination of the rich creamy flan and warm chocolate drink makes for a comforting and indulgent treat.

So whether you’re enjoying dulce de leche flan on its own or paired with something else, rest assured that this dessert is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 An impressive dessert that's worth the effort.
An impressive dessert that’s worth the effort.

Now that you have made this delicious dulce de leche flan, you may be wondering how to preserve it for later. This creamy caramel custard is a great make-ahead dessert because it needs several hours to set properly.

Once your flan has cooled to room temperature, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to tightly wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to avoid any odors or moisture from sneaking into it.

Reheating your dulce de leche flan couldn’t be easier. Simply take it out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before serving. If you prefer your flan warm, you can also reheat it straight from the fridge by placing individual portions in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Make sure not to overheat it though, as this can cause the eggs in the custard to curdle and ruin its smooth texture.

Another option is to serve your flan cold, straight from the fridge, topped with some fresh berries or a dollop of whipped cream to balance out its rich and creamy sweetness.

Remember that this dessert must be refrigerated and cannot remain at room temperature for too long, especially during hot seasons.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delightful twist to the classic custard.
A delightful twist to the classic custard.

Now that you have your Dulce De Leche Flan recipe and ingredients ready, it’s time to focus on achieving the best possible outcome.

Tip 1: Use High-Quality Ingredients

Quality ingredients make all the difference in a successful flan. Choose high-quality eggs, whole milk, and pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.

Tip 2: Mix the Sweetened Condensed Milk with Hot Dulce De Leche

Mixing hot dulce de leche with sweetened condensed milk while still hot will help prevent lumps from forming in your mixture.

Tip 3: Blend the Mixture Carefully

When blending your flan mixture in a food processor, take care not to overdo it as this can lead to unwanted air bubbles in your custard.

Tip 4: Strain Your Mixture Before Baking

Straining the mixture before baking removes any remaining lumps and ensures a smooth and velvety texture.

Tip 5: Use an Accurate Thermometer

To achieve the perfect texture, it’s important to bake your flan at just the right temperature. An accurate thermometer will help you get it just right.

Tip 6: Allow Chill Time

Chilling your Dulce De Leche Flan overnight allows it to set up properly and develop an even richer flavor.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfectly delicious Dulce De Leche Flan that will be sure to impress your guests.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Dulce De Leche Flan recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves indulgent desserts. The creamy caramel custard is rich and satisfying, making it the perfect treat after a hearty meal. The best part about this recipe is that it can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you like yours topped with fresh fruit or served on its own, this flan recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. So grab those ingredients and get ready to make an irresistible dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds!

Remember, to achieve the perfect results, follow my tips for making a smooth and creamy flan. Use pure vanilla extract for that authentic flavor, eggs and egg yolks for a silky consistency, and combine whole milk and condensed milk for a rich and creamy texture. Don’t forget to use dulce de leche for that authentic South American flavor!

Lastly, don’t be afraid to innovate and experiment with substitutions and variations. Try cream cheese in place of sour cream or evaporated milk instead of whole milk for a unique twist on the classic recipe.

In conclusion, this Dulce De Leche Flan recipe has all the elements of an irresistible dessert – creamy, sweet, indulgent, and most importantly easy-to-make! So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, give this recipe a try!

Dulce De Leche Flan

Dulce De Leche Flan Recipe

Flans will need to cool in refrigerator for a couple hours before they are ready to serve.
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Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 14 ounces dulce de leche
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Melt sugar in a small saucepan over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. When sugar has melted and is a deep amber color, quickly pour into flan molds and set aside.
  • Put a kettle of water on to boil for the water bath. Scald milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, then stir in the dulce de leche until dissolved and remove fro heat. While milk is heating, whisk together the eggs, yolks, and vanilla unti pale yellow.
  • Very slowly drizzle the milk and dulce de leche into the eggs, whisking constantly. As the eggs become tempered, increase the speed of pouring. When all the milk mixture is incorporated, pour the custard into the molds over the caramel. Place the molds in a high sided baking pan and carefully pour hot water around them, coming to an inch from the tops. BAke flans for 30-40 minutes, until set in the center. Remove from water bath and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then chill. To serve, place each mold in boiling water for 30 seconds, then run a knife around the inside to loosen. Invert on a serving plate and allow caramel to run over the flans.

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Serving: 138gCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 37.6gProtein: 5.5gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 141.6mgSodium: 58.5mgSugar: 38g
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.