Flan is a very popular dessert in Spain and throughout Latin America.
Spanish flan is a custard dessert with a layer of clear caramel sauce on top. It has a consistency like jello.
This flan recipe is super easy to make as it only contains five ingredients.
Position a rack in center of your oven and preheat to 325°F. Place eight 4 oz sized ramekins in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish up with warm water until the ramekins are sitting in about 1/4 - 1/2" water. Set aside.
In small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil, constantly swirl the sugar-water mixture in the pan over the heat until sugar dissolves and turns into a golden-brown caramel syrup, about 10 minutes.
Carefully divide hot caramel among the ramekins and set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl whisk eggs and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended. Whisk in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla extract until completely combined. Divide milk mixture evenly among ramekins. Cover baking dish tightly with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven until flan is set but still jiggles slightly when moved, about 25 minutes. Insert a small, sharp knife into the center of the flan. If set, knife will come out clean. Using tongs, carefully remove ramekins from water bath. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.
To serve, gently run butter knife around edges of flan. Place a flat serving plate on top of the ramekins and quickly and carefully flip the flan over allowing the caramel syrup to run over the flan. Garnish with whipped cream or fresh fruit, if desired.