Kulinarya - Leche Flan

This months Kulinarya dish was picked by Trissa. She decided on Leche Flan which is one of the most popular desserts in the Philippines. It is similar to Crème Caramel. It’s melt in your mouth and really easy to make.

I have only made Leche Flan once. It was for our Forensic Dinner and I was nervous about turning it out onto a plate just in case it didn’t set. I was lucky because the first time I made it, it was perfect.

Kulinarya is all about learning how to cook Filipino Food and mastering different techniques of cooking. As you can see, my Leche Flan is not the most attractive. Basically second time around, I wasn’t so lucky. The cream split due to the lime juice. But never fear Beauty is only skin deep. The Leche Flan may look ugly but it sure taste good.

Recipe from my Aunty Dulce

Leche Flan

600ml thickened cream
1 can of condensed milk
12 egg yolks
zest from 2 limes
4 - 5 tablespoons white sugar
juice from half a lime (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. In a pan melt the sugar until medium brown. Carefully put the melted sugar into a round baking tin.

3. Mix the egg yolks, condensed milk, and cream on a medium speed with an electric mixer.

4. Strain the mixture into another bowl and add the lime zest.

5. Pour mixture on top of the caramel and cover with foil.

6. Put the Leche Flan in a baking tray and pour water until it is halfway up the tin.

7. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until set but a little wobbly.

8. Put the Leche Flan in the fridge for at least an hour.

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine. Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.

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MaryMoh (February 28, 2010)  

Looks very delicious and with my favourite....condensed milk!

Skip to Malou (February 28, 2010)  

yummy kath!im doing mine take 2 heheh!

Tangled Noodle (February 28, 2010)  

If he had his way, my husband would have me make leche flan every night! I honestly believe that all leche flan, no matter the appearance, is GREAT leche flan. I certainly wouldn't turn it down! I so want a spoonful of this . . .

Trissa (February 28, 2010)  

I still remember the leche flan you took to my place Kath - it was the best ever! I'm glad your Tita Dulce shared the recipe with us. Well, with a name like Dulce, no wonder it is perfect!

muffinsareuglycupcakes (February 28, 2010)  

mmm flans are amazing.
love any custardy dessert.
the presentation is amazing!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (February 28, 2010)  

You may call it ugly but it is still looks delicious. Something about those shades of brown that just look so tasty!

Mark @ Cafe Campana (February 28, 2010)  

Kath, another beautiful Kulinarya post. Can't wait to give it a go.

Divina Pe (February 28, 2010)  

There's always room for leche flan. It's the taste that matters. :) Now, I'm craving for it.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella (February 28, 2010)  

Yum! I remember your leche flan and how you used lime zest which I just loved! It really gave it that pick me up :D

Caroline (February 28, 2010)  

I would not have known about your flan splitting if you hadn't mentioned it. Your flan looks sooo good, I'd like my own please! And I love that this recipe came from your Aunty Dulce -- how appropriate!!

Trisha (February 28, 2010)  

Kath! Just like Lorraine, I loved the addition of limes in your previous flan and this one is just tops as well! I wanted to add lime too but I didn't have any on the day I made the leche flan. Hurray for another successful Kulinarya month!! :)

Sophie (February 28, 2010)  

A georgous & ooh so tasty dessert!!


cusinera (February 28, 2010)  

hehehehehehe...kath, it may look ugly but am mighty sure it's delish...

panda (February 28, 2010)  

i think this leche flan looks lovely, not ugly at all!

Olive (March 01, 2010)  

I agree, it's always the taste that really matters and it doesn't look ugly to me, I've made flans that look worse than that and it still gets devoured lol. Great job, Kath! :)

Chef Aimee (March 01, 2010)  

I love flan and this especially looks divine!

Asha @ FSK (March 01, 2010)  

OOH !! tart lime and super sweet flan! fantastic!!!

grace (March 02, 2010)  

no, no, no--this isn't ugly at all! even though the lime juice causes it to look a little weird, the flavor payoff would be terrific!

Yen@Foodforfour (March 02, 2010)  

I love lime with anything and this flan looks delish!

Ellie (March 02, 2010)  

I have tasted your flan during the forensic dinner and it was heaven! I am sure this still tastes as good as the 1st :)

Betty (March 08, 2010)  

hey i loved the leche flan u made it was really yummy :O)

Kitchen Butterfly (March 13, 2010)  

You did your best....and I know that taste and looks are sometimes not at all related. I like the coconut milk to cut the richness. I suspect if you'd put the lime zest in the caramel, it might not have affected the cream.

Joy (March 26, 2010)  

That looks great. I haven't been successful making leche flan yet. Great recipe.

Anonymous –  (September 17, 2010)  

this looks very great.

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Bridget (November 06, 2010)  

Wow! this looks nomlicious! ;)
Thank you for sharing.


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