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Columbia's Flan

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 2 mins
Bake time 30 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Yield Makes 6 servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Cook sugar in a medium skillet over medium heat 2 minutes, gently shaking skillet until sugar melts and turns a light golden brown. Quickly pour caramelized sugar evenly into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups.

  2. Whisk together condensed milk and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until blended. Pour milk mixture evenly into prepared custard cups. Place cups in a 13- x 9-inch pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1/2 inch. Cover all custard cups with one large piece of aluminum foil.

  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. (Do not let water boil.)

  4. Remove cups from pan to wire rack, and let cool completely. Cover and chill 8 hours or until cold.

  5. Unmold custard cups by lightly pressing edges of custard with a spoon to break away from sides of cup; invert onto serving plates. Drizzle caramelized sugar from bottom of cups over top of each custard.

Columbia Restaurant, Tampa, Florida