- For the flan
- Eggs 4 • 130 kcal
- Sugar 50 g (1/4 cup) • 470 kcal
- Milk 500 ml (1 1/4 cups) • 49 kcal
- Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
- For the caramel
- Sugar 150 g (3/4 cup) • 470 kcal
There’s a time and place for elaborate desserts, but sometimes you just want something simple, but delicious. And this 3-Ingredient Flan is exactly that. With only three pantry staples (milk, sugar, and eggs), you can whip up a delicious dessert. A flan is essentially a crème custard topped with caramel. Not only is smooth, sweet, and creamy, but it will look great on the table as an after-dinner treat. This recipe is easier to make than the classic Spanish flan, and because you only need three ingredients, it’s easy to whip up if you get unexpected guests. It’s really a dessert that will impress your guests, it looks expensive, but they will never know it’s only made with three ingredients. Don’t worry, no one will know your secret!
Tips for the Perfect 3-Ingredient Flan
If you don’t like an eggy dessert, you might want to avoid making a flan. The dessert is mostly egg-based so there is a chance that you would still end up tasting eggs. Make sure that you don’t overcook the flan, as this can cause the eggs to curdle which will lend an eggy taste to the flan. The eggs will also become rubbery.
You can make your own flavored 3-Ingredient Flan by adding citrus zest, cinnamon, instant coffee, or even whiskey to the custard mixture.
How to store 3-Ingredient Flan
Because the flan is made with only 3 ingredients, it’s not very stable. It will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days, but it’s best served fresh. Make sure when storing it, that you place it in an airtight container.
Generally, it’s not a good idea to freeze the flan, as the texture would not be the same when it thaws.
How to make 3-Ingredient Flan
In a pan over low heat add sugar, and gently mix it until melted caramel. Don’t increase the heat, the sugar will slowly become syrupy and form a caramel.
Pour the sugar caramel into small ramekins.
In another bowl beat eggs with sugar and vanilla extract.
Add in hot milk and whisk.
Use a sieve to drain the mixture.
Pour the custard into the ramekins.
Cover it with plastic wrap and transfer it to a pan.
Fill the pan with hot water.
Cover and boil for 15-17 minutes on low heat. Carefully remove the ramekins from the water. Use a butter knife and slide it around the flan to remove it.
Carefully tip the ramekin on a plate to remove the flan.
– To check if your 3-ingredient flan is cooked, you can test it with a toothpick or small skewer. If it comes out clean, your flan is ready to serve!
– You can also make this in a medium springform cake pan if you want to make one flan instead of three small ones.