Flan or Crème caramel

We in Singapore have been living in the smog for the last couple of day. It’s the forest fire in Indonesia that brings the haze. This noon marked the highest of 401 on the PSI. It’s not been easy for me ever since as I am allergic to dust.  Sneezing, headache, burning eyes has been keeping me company for the last couple of days. Hope it’s a clear sky soon and we get to see the sun and moon too.

So with the haze, it’s been more in-door and that ended up with me making this delicious Crème caramel, as it is also called. It is so easy to whip up and yes the setting time is a long wait but worth.



The recipe is from Nigella Express. 

You need –
  • Condensed milk – 400 grams
  • Evaporated milk – 350 grams
  • Egg – 3
  • Sugar – 3/4 cups
  • Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

How to –

Pre-heat the oven to 160 C. Boil to 2-3 cups water.

To caramelize the sugar, heat a sauce pan, add the sugar. Stir frequently till the sugar turns to a syrup. Once the syrup starts to turn dark brown turn off the heat (start to look like a maple syrup). Please make sure not to burn. Transfer the caramelized sugar to a oven proof dish. Swirl the dish so the sugar is spread evenly to all sides and well coated. You will need to do this quickly as the caramelized sugar will tend to set very fast. Once done set aside.

Caramelizing the sugar

Now in a large mixing bowl, beat the condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, essence; beat till the sugar is dissolved. add the beaten egg and continue mixing till everything is well combined.

Pour the mixture on top of the caramelized sugar. Place the dish into a roasting pan and pour hot water till about half and bake for 45-50 mins or till, when a knife is inserted in the middle comes out clean.





Remove from the oven and remove the dish carefully of the water bath. Allow to cool completely.



Once cooled completely; refrigerate the flan overnight or for minimum 5 hours.



To serve, turn the flan to a serving plate with a enough lip to stop the syrup from running out.


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28 thoughts on “Flan or Crème caramel

  1. Wow! I loved this creme caramel Rekha… Hope the haze vanishes soon.. It's good that you don't go out much.. Do take care of your health dear.. Hugs xx

  2. We are going through haze too but not as bad as Singapore and JB. Poor brother of mine who works in Singapore is also allergic. Hope haze goes off soon!

    Your flan is super inviting dear!

  3. We are also suffering over here with the haze, as we its known over here. Really terrible and my eyes are just burning. I still have to work so staying indoor isn't possible.

    I noticed that there's only a few ingredients to this flan and its the easily available ones. Been struggling with time and hope I can make and let my friends enjoy a superb dessert which they will love so much.

  4. Ooo yummy flan.I love the beautiful sheen on of the caramel on it.Any reason to stay indoors ends up in a dessert I really like that idea :))just kidding…take care dear.

  5. Oh, dear take care. It must be tough with allergies..cover up as much as you can. Hope it clears soon.
    The flan is perfect looking. My boy has been asking for it, again another dessert in my todo list.

  6. Hi Moumita, yes can be done in the microwave but you will need ensure that heat is not too much. The cooking time will also have to be reduced. Cook for 15-20 mins then insert a knife in the centre, if it comes out clean then it's done else continue for a couple of mins more.

  7. Oh!! Rekha… such a stunning clicks.. and you make everyone drool on your recipes…with your wonderful clicks…i have a convection oven can i bake in that or how can i make it in a pressure cooker(i would prefer this). please reply

  8. Hi Preetha,
    Thank you so much 🙂 yes can be done in the microwave but you will need ensure that heat is not too much. The cooking time will also have to be reduced. Cook for 15-20 mins then insert a knife in the centre, if it comes out clean then it's done else continue for a couple of mins more.
    I have never tried in the pressure cooker and but here's a link of a video on how to cook in a preasure cooker – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejxq4Z3rDSw

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