Caramel-Pumpkin Flans

Baking these pumpkin flans in a water bath (a baking pan filled with 1 inch of water) protects them against the oven's dry heat and yields custardlike desserts.

Caramel-Pumpkin Flan on white plate with spoon
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 4, 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups in a 9x9-inch baking pan. Line a baking sheet with foil; butter the foil.

  2. In a 10-inch skillet heat 2/3 cup of the sugar over medium-high until sugar begins to melt. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually stir sugar, cooking until sugar is caramel-color and completely melted. Quickly spoon 1 Tbsp. of the melted sugar into ramekins. Pour remaining melted sugar onto buttered foil.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla, and allspice. Divide mixture among ramekins. Place baking pan on oven rack. Pour boiling water into baking pan around ramekins to a depth of 1 inch.

  4. Bake about 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Remove ramekins from water. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Break sugar on foil into irregular pieces. Transfer to an airtight container. Store at room temperature until serving time.

  5. To unmold desserts, use a knife to loosen flans from sides of ramekins. Invert a dessert plate over each flan; turn plate and ramekin over together. Remove ramekins from flans. Top each with sugar pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
6g Fat
60g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 39%
Calcium 137mg 11%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 278mg 6%
Folate, total 31.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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