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3-ingredient caramel flan

Easy 3-ingredient Caramel Flan

This 3-ingredient caramel flan (easy homemade baked custard) dessert has a semi-firm, smooth texture over a layer of sweet caramelized sugar.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 5 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 10 4-oz flans
Calories per serving: 219kcal
Author: Tu


  • 10 4-oz Ramekins
  • Heavy sauce pan
  • Hotel pan or any pan that has at least 2-inch deep
  • Hand mixer or hand blender or stand mixer
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Whisk
  • Pairing knife


Egg custard mixture

  • 10 eggs ~ 1lb 4oz
  • 10 oz condensed milk
  • 25 oz warm water
  • extra hot water for pouring into baking pan

Caramel sauce

  • 6 oz granulated sugar
  • 2 oz water


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F

Make caramel sauce

  • In a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar with water, and bring to boil. Cook until the sugar reaches a deep golden brown color, about 5-8 minutes. It is important not to stir the sugar mixture during the process.
  • Immediately pour about 2 tbsp of caramelized sugar into each 4-oz ramekin.
  • Tilt the ramekin to spread the caramel evenly along the bottom.
  • Then arrange the ramekins in a hotel pan (or any pan that has at least 2-inch deep) and set them aside.

Make egg custard mixture

  • Combine condensed milk and warm sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the milk dissolved completely.
  • In another large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or a hand blender (or use your stand mixer instead) to whisk the eggs.
  • Then carefully stir the egg mixture into the milk mixture. After that, strain the custard mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.
  • Pour the liquid into the caramel-lined ramekins; make sure to fill them just below the rim.

Bake flans

  • Pour enough warm water into the hotel pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes
  • The flan should be almost set but still slightly soft in the center. You can insert a toothpick in the middle of the flan to determine its doneness. There should be little to no custard stick on the toothpick.
  • Make sure to chill caramel flans completely before serving for at least 5 hours.


  • Run a small pairing knife around the edge of the custard, then invert it onto your choice of a serving plate.
  • Give the ramekin a firm shake or tap on the bottom to release the flan onto the plate.
  • Serve by itself or with fresh fruit.


  • Tip to enjoy caramel flan to the fullest: add 1 tbsp of black coffee/espresso shot to your 3-ingredient caramel flan.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 166mgSugar: 33gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 1mg