La Lechera Dulce de Leche Flan Recipe
With World Dulce de Leche Day approaching on October 11th, it’s only fitting I share with you one of my favorite recipes. Today I’m using La Lechera Dulce de Leche to make Puerto Rican flan, a staple tradition in my family.
Nestlé La Lechera Dulce de Leche is the perfect mix of milk and sugar, with the result being that of a delicious caramel.It’s the perfect touch to any dessert.
Now it wasn’t until I moved 5,000 miles away from my family that I realized the importance of traditions and keeping my heritage alive. Specifically in the kitchen.
In the Puerto Rican culture, cooking is essential, and recipes are often taught/passed down. My mom’s way of showing love was by way of the kitchen; cooking for us, serving us, and feeding us.
So when I moved out on my own, being able to recreate delicacies I had growing up kept my family close to my heart. They couldn’t be there in person, but even being able to make my mom’s bistec encebollado and my aunt’s Puerto Rican flan for dessert, brought me back to many memories and warm thoughts.
As I developed my cooking and baking skills, I began to remix recipes I found online and on Pinterest. I had a hard time settling on one recipe to share with you today, as there are so many yummy treats with which to incorporate La Lechera Dulce de Leche into. Ultimately I couldn’t resist a good silky smooth and creamy Puerto Rican flan. Below is my favorite flan recipe using La Lechera Dulce de Leche as a super easy, delicious, and simple dessert!
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1 hrCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 1 and 1/4 cup white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 1 can (13.4 oz) La Lechera Dulce de Leche
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350º (degrees).
- Caramelize 1 and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small pot. Start at medium-high until most of it is melted then place on low. Continue mixing until it's completely melted, it'll be a transparent caramel color. Don't allow it to overheat or bubble. This will cause the sugar to burn and will give it a smoky taste.
- Pour the caramelized sugar into a 9x9 baking pan (I like to use aluminum) and move it around so it coats all of the bottom pan. Be careful as this sugar is scorching hot. If you hear crackling of the caramelized sugar, that is normal.
- Whisk 4 eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine the evaporated milk, La Lechera Dulce de Leche, and vanilla extract. You can whisk by hand, use a hand mixer, or mix in a blender. Don't blend too much or it will get too frothy.
- Add the egg mixture and blend.
- Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer/sieve into a large bowl. This helps in making the flan smooth and creamy. If you skip this step you will most likely have holes in your flan and it will look like cheese. No bueno! It will still taste good but flan is best when it has a creamy texture.
- Repeat the straining process as you pour into 9x9 pan over the caramelized sugar.
- Cover the 9x9 pan with aluminum foil.
- Pour 1/2 an inch of hot tap water into a roasting pan and sit on the middle oven rack.
- Put the 9x9 pan inside of the roasting pan (hot water bath, see photo in post for example).
- Fill up the roasting pan with more tap hot water until you see the water rise almost halfway up the 9x9 pan.
- Bake for 1 hour. You will know it's ready when the top is a light brown and it jiggles in the center.
- Remove pans from oven and allow both to cool. You can place the 9x9 pan in the fridge for speedy cooling. It's best when the flan is allowed to set as the texture is best this way.
- Enjoy! Many people invert the flan but I don't mind eating it or serving it out of the pan. Don't forget to add a spoonful of caramelized sugar to each serving.
Check out the many quick recipes that can be made with Nestlé La Lechera Dulce de Leche on La Lechera’s Facebook page and share yours. I’m a slow cooker, mainly because I take so long in the prepping process, but they have recipes that I can turn to for a quick and yummy treat.
Thank you for celebrating Dulce de Leche Day with me! Also a huge thank you to Nestlé La Lechera for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to recreate this recipe with their Dulce de Leche!