Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of flan, from vanilla to guava. Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this version a rich, comforting texture.

Scott Rosenbaum
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007


Recipe Summary

6 hrs 15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Cook sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, gently swirling the pan (do not stir), until the mixture turns golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Immediately, pour the caramel carefully into a 9-inch round metal cake pan. If it stiffens before it completely covers the bottom of the pan, warm the pan in the oven, then swirl to cover the bottom.

  • Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer at medium-high speed until soft. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides. Add condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla; mix until combined. Carefully pour into the prepared pan. (You may hear some cracking; the pan will be very full.)

  • Place the cake pan in a larger pan and pour enough hot water around it to come 1 inch up the sides. Bake until golden and set at the edges but still wobbly at the center, about 1 hour. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean.

  • Transfer the cake pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert the flan onto a plate.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 10.2g 20% DV; carbohydrates 33.3g 11% DV; dietary fiberg; sugars 33g; fat 7.5g 12% DV; saturated fat 3.5g 17% DV; cholesterol 142.2mg 47% DV; vitamin a iu 511.1IU 10% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 18.3mcg 5% DV; calcium 195.7mg 20% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 28.2mg 10% DV; potassium 485.2mg 14% DV; sodium 170.8mg 7% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
fabulous! The bad reviewers are NUTS! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Way too much sugar for a diabetic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Flan recipe ever I have tried many types of flans but this one is by far the best. I have made this several times for myself and several work functions and everyone loves it. I have people begging me for the recipe and for me to make it. Pros: Delicious low fat Cons: need right cookware in order to cook in water Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Flavorful Flan I had a little problem with the caramel's(sugar and water step) consistency. It crystalized in the pot and i'm not sure if that was the way that it was supposed to be. Nevertheless the flan turned out delicious rich and creamy. My first time making it. Pros: Easy to make delicious Cons: None Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
whoever made it should add cinnamon sugar Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Can I double or triple this recipe? I was thinking of using a 9x13 baking pan to make my flan but the volume is more than double the volume of the pyrex pie dish I normally use with this recipe. What should i watch out for or do differently to make the larger quantity come out as good as the normal recipe size? Please Help! Pros: Easy Delicious Authentic Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
How is this low calorie with 250 calories per slice? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I have taken this flan to any Latin themed potluck and it is the first thing to go every time! People that don't normally like flan can't get enough! I keep the ingredients as written but instead of mixing it in a mixer I through the egg and cheese in my vitamix and once that is mixed together I add the milks and vanilla this way there isn't any cheese lumps and it takes all but 3 mins to mix. I also use a glass pie plate because I don't have a metal cake pan and it works famously! Read More