This Cuban Flan Recipe has been passed down generations in my family, and it’s so good, I had to share it with you.
Believe it or not, it’s funny to look back on my past and say that I was a picky eater as a child. My parents would have to pull the “we’re not leaving this dinner table until you finish your dinner” card, way too much. Now, I’ll eat an octopus tentacle without hesitation.
But one food that I never pushed away from myself at the dinner table? Flan. Of course, a dessert. But it’s not your usual dessert! And my mom has been making the best flan your tastebuds have ever experienced since I can remember.
And this time, she did something a little out of the ordinary – she added mango slices to the top. It was a delectable addition that I’m not afraid to admit that I wasn’t happy about at first.
C’mon – you can’t tell me that when you’ve had the same, amazing, mouthwatering dessert your whole life, and someone decides to change it, that you’re going to be excited!? It ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right? Okay, I’m annoying. But while I was reluctant to accept such blasphemy, it was a genius addition. You can choose to mango-nize your flan, or leave it out for the classic recipe.
I have always felt so blessed to grow up with a mother who was such an amazing cook. And on top of the fact that she was an amazing cook, the fact that she even cooked at all is a blessing to me. Any day that my sister and I were able to enjoy a McDonald’s happy meal was the best day of our lives; it was such a rare occurrence. Of course, there were the Kraft mac n cheese nights, and the breakfast-for-dinner nights (each of which I would never complain about), but overall, my mom is pretty much Wonder Woman. And by her side? Superman! My dad is one of the funniest men you’d ever meet, and he’s taught me how to work hard. He’s been busting his bum for the same company for almost 40 years – how’s that for a role model!?
(Mom and Dad – am I your favorite child yet?)
My dad’s probably wondering why I haven’t featured one of his recipes yet, or mentioned that he’s actually a great chef, too. Being from New Orleans, he’s got some great cajun recipes down his sleeve. I’ll give you guys another Jumbalaya recipe or po’ boy sandwich one of these days.
- 8 eggs
- ¾ cream cheese bar, softened
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- For caramel:
- 1 cup of sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all ingredients, except vanilla and sugar, in blender and beat for approximately 2 minutes.
- Add vanilla into blender mixture and pulse until well-combined.
- Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar, stirring constantly, until melted.
- Once melted, immediately pour the melted sugar (caramel) into a round pan and swirl it around so it
- coats entire pan.
- Pour blender with flan ingredients into pan with swirled caramel.
- Place the flan onto a larger baking pan filled with ½ cup of water.
- Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on oven. Start checking after first 30 minutes to make sure it doesn’t overcook (test with a toothpick).
- Once baking is complete, remove from oven and let stand until cool. Place in the refrigerator until flan gets cold (approximately 3 hours).
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