Creamy Flan

The Mexican version of flan includes cream cheese to make it even more creamy. Top this classic dessert with sauteed plantains and toasted macadamia nuts.

Creamy Flan
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Bake Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • cup sugar

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ¼ cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Sautéed Plantain Slices (optional)

  • Chopped toasted macadamia nuts (optional)

Sautéed Plantain Slices

  • 1 small plantain

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. To caramelize sugar, in a large skillet cook the 2/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking skillet occasionally. Do not stir. When sugar starts to melt, reduce heat to low and cook about 5 minutes or until all of the sugar is melted, stirring with a wooden spoon as needed. Pour caramelized sugar into bottom of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate; tilt pie plate to coat bottom. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar; beat until combined. Beat in sweetened condensed milk until combined. Beat in eggs, half-and-half, and vanilla until smooth.

  3. Place pie plate in a roasting pan on an oven rack. Pour egg mixture into pie plate. Carefully pour boiling water into roasting pan around pie plate to depth of 1 inch. Bake about 70 minutes or until top is lightly browned and a knife inserted near center comes out clean.

  4. Carefully remove pie plate from water. Cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 8 to 48 hours.

  5. To unmold, use a knife to loosen edge of flan. Invert a serving plate with a rim over pie plate; turn over serving plate and pie plate together. Remove pie plate. Spoon any caramelized sugar remaining in pie plate onto flan. If desired, garnish with Sautéed Plantain Slices and nuts.

Sautéed Plantain Slices

  1. Peel and slice one small plantain. In a small skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Add plantain slices. Cook about 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally; cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
15g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 151.5mg 12%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 212mg 5%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
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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