Spiced Flan Recipe

Spice up your dessert game with authentic, spiced flan.


Makes 8 servings


Caramel Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 tbsp corn syrup (optional to prevent crystallization)
Custard Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese
6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cups real milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract or paste
1 cinnamon stick
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 whole star anise (sub ¼ tsp nutmeg)
¼ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground ginger
1 orange or lemon peel


1. Preheat oven to 350° F or 325° F if convection.

2. Combine sugar and the water in medium heavy-based saucepan; stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil uncovered, without stirring, until mixture is a deep caramel color. Remove from heat. Pour into a deep 8-inch round baking pan; cool completely.

3. Whisk cream cheese and spices until smooth, add in eggs, vanilla, and sugar in large bowl.

4. Combine cream and milk, citrus peel, cinnamon stick and star anise in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Shut off heat and let spices steep for 10 min. Strain over egg mixture, whisking constantly to bring the eggs to temperature without scrambling. Strain mixture into cake pan.

5. Place pan in baking dish; add enough boiling water to come halfway up side of pan. Bake, in oven, about 40 minutes or until set. Remove custard from baking dish, let it come to room temp, cover and refrigerate overnight.

6. Gently flip flan into deep-sided serving plate. Enjoy!


460 calories; 24 g fat; 14 g saturated fat; 185 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 55 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 160 mg sodium; 104 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using lowfat milk and do not include optional ingredients. 

Recipe & photo by: Chef Claudette Zepeda