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Spanish Flan

December 10, 2010


I met a lady (Luisa) in New York that worked for a friend of mine and through time with dinners and celebrations for him we eventually worked together for Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and many other lovel fashion designers some of those events.  She cooked and cleaned for him and when she was living in Madrid she worked at one of the residences for Queen Sophia.   She was probably about 70 when I met her but had the energy of a 20 year-old.  During our cooking days together she shared this recipe and without fail on Christmas she always showed up with a flan, no matter the weather and by subway no less.  An incredible lady that I celebrate with this flan many times a year. 


Spanish Flan 


  • 1 C. White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz.)
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk (12 oz.)
  • 1 T. Vanilla Extract





  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquified and golden in color
  3. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9″  round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides (set aside)
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs
  5. Beat in the condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil
  7. Bake in the preheated oven 60 minutes
  8. Remove and let cool completely
  9. Carefully invert on a serving plate when completely cool




(Serves 1-16) – Yes, and I mean it. 

Adapted from ” Luisa, a very young, old woman” 


I love Spain and I love Flan.

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