This classic baked custard with caramel topping is luxuriously rich. A stick of Mexican cinnamon gives this dessert special flavor.

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Makes: 8  servings Prep 20 mins Chill 8 hrs Bake 325°F1 hr


  • 1 1/4 cups  sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups  milk
  • 1/2 cup  heavy or whipping cream
  • 1 Mexican cinnamon stick (canela)* or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Arrange rack in center of oven.

2. Melt 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar becomes amber in color, 10 minutes (do not stir). Pour caramel into the bottom of a 4- or 5-cup souffle dish.

3. Bring milk, cream, remaining 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon stick to boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Strain milk mixture through a sieve into eggs; whisk to combine. Discard cinnamon stick. Strain mixture again into prepared dish. Place dish in a roasting pan, making sure there is at least 1 inch of space between the edge of the dish and the roasting pan. Place roasting pan on oven rack. Carefully pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up side of dish.

5. Bake until custard is just set, 60 to 65 minutes (mixture will jiggle slightly, but thats okay). Remove flan from oven. Let flan cool in hot-water bath 15 minutes. Remove dish from water bath and cool completely on wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

6. To serve, run a knife around the edge of souffle dish. Place a serving plate slightly larger than dish on top. Invert flan onto plate.


  • *Mexican cinnamon sticks ("canela") are similar to regular cinnamon, but softer and less sweet. Available in most Hispanic supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)240,
  • Fat, total(g)10,
  • chol.(mg)133,
  • sat. fat(g)5,
  • carb.(g)34,
  • pro.(g)5,
  • sodium(mg)77,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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