Born and raised in the Philippines and now living in Sydney, I am proud of my heritage and love to write about Filipino culture.
Leche flan is a favourite and popular dessert in the Philippines. It is sweet and rich and similar to a cream caramel.
Leche flan is a must during Christmas, New Years, and fiestas. Nowadays, making it has become a part-time job for someone who would like to earn extra money. Since making it takes a lot of time, busy people would often rather just buy it over the counter or order it for the holiday celebrations. You will now find this dessert being sold in the market and delicacy stores, or you can order it over the phone and have it deliverer to your door.
Like any other popular dish, there are many variations. But the classic recipe only calls for egg yolk, sugar, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and citrus flavourings. Steaming is the traditional method for cooking leche flan and is usually prepared in an oval-shaped metal pan called llanera and steamed over moderate heat until set.
It takes a while to master the techniques and perfect this recipe, but it is worth it.
- 12 egg yolks
- 2 cans condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 5 cans small evaporated milk
- 2 cups fine white sugar
- 2 tablespoon vanilla or ¼ teaspoon grated dayap rind (optional)
You will also need the following:
How to Make the Caramelized Syrup
- In a stainless steel pan, dissolve 3/4 cup of sugar
- Add 1/4 cup water over medium heat. Do not stir, just swirl the pan gently. Caramelize in low heat if you don't want it burnt. Pale brown means sweeter and too dark means bitter.
- When you have achieved the desired color, pour the syrup into the llanera and make sure to coat all the parts of the pan.
How to Make the Custard
- In a mixing bowl, combine all the egg yolks, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and remaining sugar. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly but gently to prevent bubbles from forming. Remove any solids by using a strainer.
- Pour the mixture in the llanera and cover it with an aluminum foil, so that the moisture from the steam won't come in the pan, as it will become watery.
- Steam cook for 40–45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove the llanera and let it cool at room temperature. Then refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- To unmold the leche flan, run a sharp knife around the edge and carefully invert it onto a platter or serving dish, let the caramelized sugar flow over the leche flan.
This recipes makes four to five llanera of leche flan.
Consider pairing this popular dessert with suman (sticky rice) or serve it with sweetened macapuno (young coconut) and ube (purple yam)—or just serve as it is.
tessf. on December 22, 2013:
wow, thanks for your recipe its really delicious ... yummmmy dessert ..
arvick dizon on December 16, 2013:
rich on November 18, 2013:
i love it !
creampie on July 29, 2013:
thanks. very helpful!
danny on April 22, 2013:
I will cook this for my kids...yum..yum
firstname.lastname@example.org on April 15, 2013:
i will try to make my own delicious leche flan...
Toni on March 15, 2013:
This is a delicious recipe and the photo at the top at the top of the Hub looks very nice. Thumbs up!
rany on March 15, 2013:
i love leche flan
claire on February 04, 2013:
it easy to make a leche plan
helen on January 21, 2013:
leche flan is the favorite of my son. . . now. .. i know how to cook.
arlene on January 20, 2013:
very easy lng po pla thanks
jessamae on December 31, 2012:
yes so very yummy!
lina on December 29, 2012:
fransmae on December 24, 2012:
i think this will be the most popular dish of filipino !!!!!!wow ang sarap nito!!!!!!!!!!!ma papathumbs up ka talaga.........
christine on November 26, 2012:
letche flan is very delicious than other recipes yum! yum! yummmmm!
secret on November 20, 2012:
leche plan is my favorite dessert and i try your recipe its so delicious yum yum yum.................thanks for your sharing your recipe
jeanber constantino on September 13, 2012:
haayyyyy.. LECHE FLAN is my favorite dessert ever...thanks for sharing your recipe..:-)
Janine Chloe D. Buela on September 12, 2012:
Hayyyyyyyyyyy naku!Leche Flan is the best dessert I'v ever tasted.Who ever you are,the inventor of Philippines' great Leche Flan, I salute you:D
zsarla advincula on August 18, 2012:
leche flan is my favorite desert i gona try this at home
beverley on August 12, 2012:
its so very nice i apprieciate it
Maila Elona on May 28, 2012:
manina on May 16, 2012:
wow..ang sarap..... gagawa ako niyan.....
gelend on April 22, 2012:
ang sarap nito!
challenging 'cause first time kong mgluto!!
mary kris on April 18, 2012:
i love it...! my love ones and I are love it,... leche flan is our favorite dessert... It's good for all occasions for me...
jasmine gayle tagudar on April 17, 2012:
i will try to make a leche flan.i love leche flan because it so delicious.
xhuboi on March 21, 2012:
i will try to cook this
jhay on March 13, 2012:
this one is great
bryony on February 29, 2012:
mine is not really a leche plan,i try'd it at homme,but it suck..geez it looks like omelet...but i try my hardest to make a leche plan bad to know that i was not good on cooking.....eveen a child can do a leche plan coz its very simple and easy..but 4 me its tragedy..
Emma of Rosario Pasig on February 21, 2012:
...thanks for sharing this recipe..Okay..i will try to make this...actually this is the first time i make l leche flan coz i don't have any idea how to cook this. :)
sheila rico on February 18, 2012:
troyskie on February 15, 2012:
ito ang pinakapinakapinakapinaka paburito kong dessert!!!
richel sasing on January 07, 2012:
ang sarap nito
lovi marie on January 03, 2012:
i think that recipe is good
candy c on January 01, 2012:
My leche flan comes out curdy..what am I doing wrong?
jeriza caldea mapili on December 29, 2011:
yammyyyyyyyyy...tnx for sharing recipe.
ANGEL on December 29, 2011:
HMM MY FAVORITE LECHE FLAN; TENKS 4 RECIPE
Ham on December 29, 2011:
nice... asking my mom to make some leche plan this new year!
anon on December 23, 2011:
thnx for the recipe
novena on December 23, 2011:
yum!yum!! that's mine already!! no one can grab all of the leche flan from mine ...!!
unknown on December 23, 2011:
is that vanilla ESCENSE?
girls on December 21, 2011:
a llanera is an aluminum or stainless mould used to steam the leche flan
frills on December 17, 2011:
I want to try this but I don't know what a llanera is.
melvina on December 16, 2011:
I will try this recipe this Christmas!
cj on December 12, 2011:
)))The hardest part here is the caramelized sugar. It seemed easy, but it is quite hard to do. And add water to the sugar? Bad idea.
lik lidasan on December 07, 2011:
additional add some 1cup of nestea ice-tea so that u can have other flavoring..try it!
rhunadwayne on November 27, 2011:
I rilly love leche flan it soo yummy ..Great!!!
evelyn seki on November 25, 2011:
ilove lecheplan,now i know the recipe n how 2make.thanks youtube.
nene on November 20, 2011:
i love leche flan much.....
CRICEL ANN on October 17, 2011:
WOW IS GOOD YUMMY
april lyn on September 25, 2011:
leche plan s da best dessert ever
cherry on September 10, 2011:
i love leche flan so much.........."
Ladz on September 08, 2011:
hi. i love sweets. i've always love my aunt's leche flan. it's really d best. now, i have my own family and i just love making desserts for my kids. now, i'm planning to make leche flan, i believe it's not as complicated as i think it was. i'll definitely try this recipe. :)
AlihHaider on September 07, 2011:
'been searching for a perfect recipe of leche flan,thanx for this one i'm gonna try it...I really love this dessert!YUMMY;)
Blair Rutherford on August 30, 2011:
that's great! now i know how to cook!
Rose Velasquez on August 19, 2011:
thanks for this recipe, it helped me a lot. im now ready for a home made leche plan...=)
anequin tarayao on August 13, 2011:
yummy...hmmmm it's so very delicous
mhai on August 11, 2011:
very helpful... i was able to make a pan of leche flan on my own...! thanx....
robert on August 04, 2011:
can i use cows milk instead of evaporated/condensed milk? if so, will i replace it with the evaporated or condensed? and can i use natural sweeteners instead of sugar?
ken on July 25, 2011:
its really delicious. also try lumpia house leche flan original recipe.
deb on June 26, 2011:
deliciously made . I love it! :*
rodgie lim on May 27, 2011:
i made it for my Singaporean hubby and he loves it. thanks for sharing this great sweet recipe.
juddie28 on May 16, 2011:
It's my first time to make a leche flan and my daddy really love it. Thanks for the recipe... Next time i could done it perfectly. ^_^
John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on May 15, 2011:
Great hub. I make a flan with coconut (coconut in heavy syrup - comes in a can and you can buy it at any Cuban market in the Los Angeles area....). People at my work go crazy for it. They're always asking me to make it for them.
Pusa on April 08, 2011:
Can't resist it whenever my asw makes this! Masarap tlga!
Ranilyn on March 13, 2011:
what a very easy procedure. You give me a great lesson on how to cook it.
resurreccion con-ui on February 18, 2011:
HI! this leche is so sweet for me. i have my own recipe ( so delicious and not rich) just perfect.just e-mail me and i can share it. my e-mail addy...email@example.com
Russell on February 05, 2011:
Sounds really good, but how big is a can of evaporated milk if it says 'small'? Are there different sizes? Condensed milk only comes in 14 oz cans, and it's specified... can you let us know the size of the evaporate milk cans? Thanks.
ma.geneveve oceña achas on January 28, 2011:
i love leche plan! this is my one of the most favorite dessert,...thanks for the recipe.......
cutie on January 17, 2011:
sarrap naman yan.sa goldilocks sarap ng leche flan nila
LORRAINE on December 29, 2010:
arnold on December 27, 2010:
ok i will try...
cherry trinidad on December 26, 2010:
thank's po try ko ngaung new year.... sana ok...
janice on December 16, 2010:
i'll try this weekend...
i love this dessert
joyce on November 25, 2010:
this recipe is good for how many people? thank you.
princess on November 24, 2010:
.love leche flan,!! i taste it, so yummy, this my favorite dessert. thanks for the recipe!
abby on November 23, 2010:
i love it! this is my favorite dessert in philippines. i miss philippines recipes.....huhuhu!
kimmy on November 10, 2010:
i taste it its so yummy thanks for the recipe!???????
mitchiko on October 25, 2010:
thanks for the recipe.. i really like leche flan.. yum yum :)
jumelaolynmitsnia on October 12, 2010:
hi its soo very good ! its very fine thank you ! hahaa
glen on September 27, 2010:
nice recipe..! thanks for sharing,,,god bless!
dan on September 27, 2010:
Thanks for the recipe..now i now how 2 make leche flan!!!!
oscelle on June 26, 2010:
ang hirap gumawa ng caramelize sugar
juvz on June 21, 2010:
so yummy...!!!!!tnx for the recipe....
Jovz Bracho on May 29, 2010:
uhhhmmmm....I tried once in my employer's family party and it super yummy....winner the taste....thank you....because of you I believe I can fly...
beth on April 30, 2010:
Thanks for sharing this recipe,,,it will help me a lot to prepare a very delicious dessert for our barrio fiesta.
eijay on April 01, 2010:
hi there! what else can i use to cook the leche flan if i don't have a llanera?
manjo on January 27, 2010:
thanks for the recipie god bless(^_^)
Alex Horstman on January 21, 2010:
Great recipe. However, you need to give an idea of what the oven temperature should be. I baked mine in a bath at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. As an alternative to the the caramelized sugar, I substituted pure maple syrup and it was incredible! My flan came out very smooth with very little air holes and the taste was magnificent with a hit of lemon juice :-)
anna on October 24, 2009:
i did my flan perfect the first time, however the next batch my caramel did not want to brown - took me more than an hour to reduce it to the right consistency. what could i have done wrong?
mica on October 20, 2009:
napaka sarap which means (very very delicous)
Godslittlechild on September 25, 2009:
I love flan. I'm having the family in for Christmas. I may try my hand at this then. Thank you!
kyle on August 14, 2009:
steam cook is 20 minutes and baking is 45 minutes...
joey on July 10, 2009:
thanks for the recipe....i just hope i can perfect it this time. yummmmmy!!!!!
sarah on June 21, 2009:
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Lyn on May 20, 2009:
Im actually making one right now, my husband who is a white guy loves this dessert. This really taste good...
rogie on March 27, 2009:
tnx for the recipee...hope i could done it perfectly.
BudBrown from California on February 24, 2009:
Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to print it out for my wife. Bless her heart! She's tried to make leche flan for years but, for some reason, it just doesn't turn out right. Hopefully she won't give up and this one will turn out right.
Vivian Araullo from San Francisco Bay Area on February 10, 2009:
MM, it;s me again! I have a slightly healthier version of leche flan...substitute milk with soy milk. The flan comes out slightly tofu-like, and lighter. I tried to make one with just tofu but it didn't turn out quite well...
noelqf on January 21, 2009:
hi! i would like to ask if you could specify the amount of ingridients coz there are three kinds of cans of condensed milk. thank you. id like to make leche flan coz my kids love it. we alyas buy at the store so i would like to make it myself so i could save a bit. and to make use of my native chickens egg which i have plenty of it