Mexican Flan

Mexican style fan, topped with Dulce de Leche and spiked up with cinnamon…

I do have a sweet tooth, but I can tell you one thing – once I started cooking, I really cannot eat Nutella, condensed milk or the likes directly into my mouth. I somehow feel that they are better when included in cooking. Seriously!!! These were things I could keep licking my spoon and dipping it over and over again, but now I have got over the urge to do so. Therefore, last time, when I baked a cake for our schoolmates get-together (will post sometime later  – and done!), I had this remaining dulce de leche, called DDL with love, lying in the fridge and was really wondering what to do with it. Seriously, if it was not for blogosphere, I would have never know what DDL is!!!


As usual, I hung onto my phone surfing for some idea – I love to do that!!! – to finish it off and I found a recipe called “Mexican Flan”. I really don’t remember which site I adopted this recipe from. Flan is very similar to Creme Custard and cooked almost in the same fashion. What I could find is that normally flans have a caramel topping, however Mexicans prefer to use DDL or cajeta, as they call it. With no second thoughts, I just went ahead and did it. It is so easy to mix up all and arrange. The only difficulty is to wait till it gets done and then refrigerated, before you can gobble it down!




Updated with new picture on January 8, 2022: This is among the intial posts on the blog, that I personally love but never got a chance to update with better pictures, just because this thing called Dulce De Leche is very addictive. Making a can of it guarantees adding a lot of unnecessary calories onto my already budgeoning weight. Hehe… It has been some time since I have repeated this dish and clicked it, but then with the way 2021 has been hectic, I just took my sweet time to update this post.


I haven’t done any changes to the recipe, except for baking it and resting it longer time that I did in the old picture that you can see below. I was clearly impatient. 😉 Just like any flan, you just need to be patient with this one too, to get that picture perfect flan. I clearly love the cinnamon flavor in this one, so if you do love cinnamon, then this one is for you…







As usual, keeping my old picture on the post… 😀



Mexican FlanPin




Mexican Flan

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 4 tbsp dulce de leche store bought or homemade
  • 1/2 can 14oz evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can 12 oz condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Sugar if required (refer notes)


  • Preheat oven to 160 degree C.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk till it becomes slightly pale.
  • Add the evaporated-condensed milks and cinnamon powder and mix thoroughly.
  • Check for sweetness and add sugar if necessary. Since the topping is DDL, I didn't add any sugar at all.
  • Wash and dry 4 ramekins. Coat the bottom of each ramekin lavishly with the DDL till everything you have is finished.
  • Pour the beaten mixture equally into the ramekins. Cover with aluminium foil and poke a hole on top.
  • Take a large oven-proof pan, fill with 1 inch warm water and place the ramekins into it.
  • Push the tray into your oven and bake for 50-60 miinutes till done. It will be done when you poke a cake tester/ toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Once done, take out the ramekins, allow to cool to room temperature and refrigerate for a few hours until well set.
  • For serving, run a knife on the edges of the ramekins and slowly dump onto your plate. Gobble it down!!!


I didn't use any additioinal sugar since the DDL and condensed milk would add up for the sweetness.
You can double the quantity to make 8 small portion or 6 meduim sized portions. 

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  1. Interesting recipe…never seen this before..looks great

    1. thank u gayathri…

  2. Thanks 4 visiting my space , u have a gr8 space.. Good recipes

    1. thank u misha…

  3. Creamy textured dessert

    1. thank u vimitha… 🙂

  4. Looks so tempting…luvly recipe dear.

    1. thank u for your kind comments, kauser…

  5. Hi Rafeeda, the flan looks so tempting. Absolutely deish! And you have quite a good space here – so glad that I came across your blog!

    And are you interested in linking recipes to blog events? If so, there is a 'Mexican Cuisine Event' going on at "My Food Treasures" 🙂

    1. thank u so much for stopping by and for ur comments!!! i'm really interested in linking to events, and i've participated in a couple. once i get a bit used to here, i'l definintely drop in participate, dear… 🙂

    2. hi priya… i just realised – yes, i can link this to your event!!! how stupid of me… i realised only after i ready swathi's comments below… 😀 will do so soon…

  6. Rafeeda,

    This mexican flan looks delicious. I love it. can you link it to <a href="”>Favorite recipes: Non Indian food </a>

    By the your blog looks beautiful

    1. thank you so much for your lovely commments, swathi… need your encouragement to go on… 🙂 will do the linking soon…

  7. healthy and yummy..n this is completely new..

    1. thank u, maha… 🙂

  8. Absolutely delicious flan. Will try is on my brood asap.

    1. thank u for your lovely comments, archana… yes, i'm sure kids will love it… especially if they love cinnamon rolls… 🙂

  9. Absolutely delicious flan and you made it perfectly..

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    1. thank u so much for your lovely comments… 🙂

    1. thank you fasee… 🙂

  10. thanks for visiting my blog….flan looks yummy

    1. thank u so much… 🙂

    1. thank u dear…

  11. Beautiful and simple. Thanks for linking to my event…

    1. it's my pleasure… 🙂

  12. Hey,
    Thank you for following. You have a lovely blog ! 🙂

    1. thank you for your lovely comments, dear!

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