Caramel Citrus Flan Caramel Citrus Flan

Author: Canadian Living

Flan, a light baked egg custard self-sauced with caramel syrup, is a popular dessert in Mexico, Latin America and Spain. 

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2010




In small heavy saucepan, stir sugar with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water over medium heat until dissolved. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; boil vigorously, without stirring but brushing down side of pan often, until amber coloured, about 3 minutes. Immediately pour into flan mould or 6-cup (1.5 L) baking dish.

Custard: In clean saucepan, heat milk until tiny bubbles form around edge. Add sugar and salt; simmer, stirring occasionally, until milk mixture is reduced to 3-1/2 cups (875 mL), about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add orange and lime rinds to milk mixture; cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

In bowl, whisk eggs with egg yolks; gradually pour in milk mixture through cheesecloth-lined sieve, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla. Pour into caramel-coated mould.

Place mould in larger roasting pan; pour in enough hot water to come halfway up side of mould. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm and knife inserted in centre comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes.

Let cool in water in roasting pan until at room temperature. Remove from water and refrigerate until chilled. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Place dish in larger pan of hot water until syrup loosens. Run knife around edge of mould; invert onto serving platter.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 86 mg
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 240.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 255 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 31 g


  • Iron 6.0
  • Folate 16.0
  • Calcium 16.0
  • Vitamin A 16.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
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Caramel Citrus Flan