Citrus-Pumpkin Flans


These syrup-glazed custards taste like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Citrus-Pumpkin Flan
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins


  • ½ cup sugar

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. To caramelize sugar, in a medium heavy skillet cook the 1/2 cup sugar over medium-high heat until sugar starts to melt, shaking skillet occasionally. Do not stir; shake the skillet occasionally. Once sugar starts to melt, reduce heat to low. Cook until sugar is syrupy and golden, stirring as needed with a wooden spoon. Immediately divide caramelized sugar among four 6-ounce custard cups; quickly tilt dishes to coat bottoms.

  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, the 1/4 cup sugar, the pumpkin pie spice, orange peel, and vanilla. Place custard cups in a 2-quart square baking dish. Divide pumpkin mixture among custard cups.

  3. Place baking dish on an oven rack. Pour boiling water into baking dish around custard cups to a depth of 1 inch. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near centers comes out clean.

  4. Remove custard cups from water. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

  5. Using a knife, loosen flans from sides of dishes and invert onto four dessert plates. Spoon any caramelized sugar remaining in custard cups onto flans. If desired, garnish with pomegranate seeds.


To make your own pumpkin pie spice, in a small bowl stir together 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
8g Fat
55g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 1.6mg 9%

*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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