Papi’s Kitchen: How to Make Puerto Rican Flan

I am not a chef nor to I pretend to be one. I do, however, love Puerto Rican food! Before my father passed away of Alzheimer’s he owned a Puerto Rican restaurant just a few steps from a beautiful beach in Puerto Rico and as such he left me a collection of recipes.

This is one of them.


  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Four eggs
  • one 14 oz can evaporated milk
  • one 12 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • one i-Tunes download of “Yo Habito Una Tierra Luz” by Tony Croatto

Here are the steps. Not all the steps have images so please read through carefully.

  1. Play “Yo Habito Una Tierra Luz” by Tony Croatto. This recipe will not work unless you’re playing this song. Yeah it’s in Spanish but so what.IMG_4992
  2. In a small saucepan, simmer two tablespoons of sugar over medium heat until it caramelizes. FullSizeRender
  3. Use a wooden spoon. Not plastic. Like I did.IMG_4988
  4. Pour into an 8-inch baking pan and set aside.
  5. Spoil your puppy.IMG_4996
  6. Whip four eggs in a bowl with a mixer until it’s frothy.IMG_4989
  7. Add the condensed and evaporated milk. Mix it up.IMG_4990
  8. Now pour the mix into the 8-inch baking pan. Place the pan inside of a bain-marie, partially covered.IMG_4994
  9. Wait…look up what a bain-marie is.
  10. Stop freaking out because I don’t sound like I know what I’m doing. It turned out amazing.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees. At the 20 minute mark, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top.
  12. Check every 10 minutes. The flan is ready when you can stick a toothpick in it and it comes out clean.IMG_4995
  13. Lest it rest for at least one hour at room temperature.
  14. Cover with sealing wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
  15. Before you flip it, turn on the stove and place the pan on the stove for 5 minutes. Flip it over into a serving dish and this is what you get.IMG_5004
  16. Serves 8. This one serves one and a half. My wife is on a diet which I had totally forgotten about when I made this. Ask for forgiveness.

But not until after you make it.

Chat soon!


Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Children’s Steampunk, Speculative Science Fiction and a graphic novel. He is also a husband, father and a 3rd degree Black Belt in American Karate. You can visit his website, Science Fiction for the Human Condition at  His books are available for purchase on Amazon.

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