Flan dominicano: [Recipe + Video] Flan (Crème Caramel)

[Recipe + Video] Flan (Crème Caramel)

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Flan (creme caramel) a very popular dessert inherited from the Spaniards and common in all Latin America also deserved to be in our collection.

Dominican flan.

Why we ❤️ it

There is something about the delicate creaminess of flan that few people can resist. Flan will be a dessert option in most Dominican restaurants, and the one everyone wants to learn to make first.

What is flan?

Flan is a sweet dairy and egg-based custard usually flavored with vanilla. In the English-speaking world, this dessert is better known by its French name Crème Caramel (flan is also a word of French origin adopted into Spanish).

It has a characteristic caramel-colored topping and sauce, as it is cooked in a pan with the bottom covered in hard caramel that dissolves during the cooking process. The caramel prevents the flan from sticking to the bottom of the mold, gives its characteristic color, and gives it a faint taste of bitterness from the caramel.

After cooking, the flan is inverted onto a plate, and the caramel-colored base becomes the top.

Flan (dominican creme caramel).

Flan vs. quesillo

There is another very similar recipe in the Dominican repertoire (there are other quesillos in other countries, but I refer here to the Dominican one specifically). And, as we should have come to expect, this is not without confusion.

What’s the difference between flan and quesillo?

Depends on who you ask. And trust me, asked I have. The consensus, so far as there is one (there isn’t) is that Flan is flavored with vanilla, whereas quesillo can be a more creative endeavor, and can be flavored with fruit extracts, fruit juices, coconut, etc.

When I have asked our followers on social media (my favorite way to crowdsource knowledge) most people agreed with the description above, but just by a slim margin.

Checking my collection of classic and antique Dominican cookbooks the answer is even less clear. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to the difference, and flavored flans turned up (I even have one), and pineapple-flavored quesillo appears in several of them.

So there, the answer is: who knows…

More recipes

So, if you’re not confused enough, let me help: many other random flan-like desserts turn up with the name flan in them. I have seen «flan de batata» (sweet potato), «flan de auyama» (with and without eggs, see below), «flan de pan» (see below), etc. However, if you just say «flan» this recipe should be what you expect (or very close to it).

If you feel like experimenting try these ones:

  • Flan de Auyama (A pumpkin vegan flan-like dessert)
  • Flan de Pan (a flan-like bread pudding)
  • Flan de chocolate (chocolate flan)
  • Flan de Café (flavored with coffee liqueur)
  • Quesillo de coco (Coconut crème caramel)
  • Dulce de Leche Pudding (an eggless flan-like dessert)

About this recipe

The inspiration for this recipe came from one shared by one of our regulars back when we had a membership forum (pre-social media). She went by «La Profesora», and her recipe, though I’ve re-written it many times over the years, was the basis for this one.

The reason why I like it so much is, first and foremost, because it uses egg yolks, which results in a spectacularly creamy, rich, and decadent flan. I would never do it any other way. And if you’re afraid about wasting the egg whites, you can use them for something else (like suspiritos, or add extra egg white to a revoltillo).


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[Recipe + Video] Flan Caramel cream)

By: Clara Gonzalez

Flan is one of the most popular desserts in the Dominican Republic. Don’t be intimidated, it is easier to prepare than it looks. The original recipe that we have modified was sent to us by «la Profesora», one of our readers.

5 from 19 votes

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins

Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine Dominican, Latino, Spanish

Servings 6 servings

Calories 400 kcal

For caramel
  • ½ cup sugar , (white, granulated)
  • 1 tablespoon water, (may not be used, see notes)
For the flan
  • 4 egg yolk, (or 5 medium)
  • 1 ⅓ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 ⅓ cup condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Making caramel for flan: Mix sugar and water and cook in a heavy saucepan over low heat until thick dark caramel forms. Make sure it does not burn! Pour carefully into a 5-cup baking pan and spread all over. Cool to room temperature, by then the caramel should have hardened.

    A simpler way, if your mold allows for it, just heat the sugar directly in the mold, and once it melts and turns a dark color, remove from the heat and spread on the bottom and sides of the pan.

  • Making the flan mixture: Mix together egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and evaporated milk, stir to combine. Sieve to get rid of undissolved egg parts. Pour carefully into the baking pan, trying not to disturb the caramel layer.

  • Baking: Bake in a hot water bath (bain Marie) in preheated oven to 320 ºF [160ºC] for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Serving: Remove from the oven and the water bath and cool to room temperature.  

    Chill in the fridge. Loosen the edges of the flan with a toothpick. Place a serving plate on top of the mold (one which will retain the syrup) and invert. Serve still chilled.

Be very careful with hot caramel, it can cause serious injuries.

The color of your caramel is a matter of taste, I fall on the darker side, which will impart the flan the faintest hint of bitterness which I love, but it should not burn. You have to remove it from the heat just before it reaches the color you want because it will take just a second or two to get darker or burn.

My favorite, lazy way to coat a caramel pan is to just heat the sugar directly on the pan, so nothing else to clean. This, however, may not be possible with every pan (bundt pans, for example), in that case, use the first suggested method.

Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 437mgSugar: 59gVitamin A: 490IUVitamin C: 2. 9mgCalcium: 357mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.

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Published Jan 3, 2011, revised

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Spanish Flan — Flan de Leche

Spanish Flan – Flan de leche

I have been eating flan since I was a little girl and it has been my favorite dessert all of my life. It’s actually the only dessert I really like. I do not like sweets which is why you don’t see desserts on my blog. When I tell anyone, they cannot believe it. How can you be a food blogger and not like dessert? Well, that can totally happen and I am one of the examples.

This version is a Dominican one and the recipe I grew up really enjoying. Sweet but not overly sweet that you need to go see the dentist the next day. hahaha!

Flan’s history dates back to ancient Rome.The Romans were the first known civilization to domesticate chickens for farming purposes.  With an abundance of eggs at their disposal, they began creating dishes that featured eggs as its main ingredient.

And that brought on the birth of flan. Originally, they used to serve it as a savory dish with meat or fish. Thankfully, cooks soon began experimenting with a sweet version that was flavored with honey and its popularity soared. It gets its name from the French word flaon, which comes from the Old German flado, a flat cake, because of its shape.

Eventually, it got to Spain and Spaniards brought the flan to Latin America in Spanish conquests and occupations.

Flan is a dessert. Smothered in melted caramel and very hard to resist. Give it a try and you will see!

Spanish Flan – Flan de Leche

And if you want to have some extra fun with flan, check out this amazing Flancocho I made in collaboration with Angela’s Dominican Cake Mix and Familia Kitchen!

Watch me make Flan!

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 12 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp rum I used Brugal Añejo (Dominican Rum)
  • 1/2 cup water, hot is best
  • Grease the bundt pan thoroughly.

  • Start by caramelizing the sugar.

    Heat the sugar in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir the sugar constantly. It will first start to clump and once it begins getting hot enough it will start to turn a golden brown and melt into a caramel. Continually stir until all the sugar has been liquefied and there are no more clumps left in the skillet. Do not leave the stove. Your caramel can go from perfect to burnt in the blink of an eye!

  • Be very careful with this next step.

    You are going to pour the 1/2 cup of hot water over the melted sugar. It will probably splash, so you need to be careful and maintain your distance, as well as make sure to do this slowly. I used a lid to protect myself from splatter.

    Once you’ve poured the water over the caramel syrup, you will notice that the caramel will harden up. Bring mixture back to the heat, and keep stirring with your spatula until all the sugar has re-melted. Once the syrup is smooth and with a deep amber color, you can remove from the oven. It’s supposed to be a very thin and light syrup.

  • Pour into bottom of bundt pan immediately. When pouring the caramel into the cake pan, make sure that it is spread evenly across the bottom of the entire pan. 
Very carefully rotate the pan so that the caramel will also partially cover the sides of the cake pan as well. The caramel is extremely hot and can cause severe burns if you get it on yourself, so make sure to always handle it very carefully. Keep rotating the caramel until it cools and hardens to the point that it no longer moves around.
 This can take 5 minutes or more so take a few 30 second breaks in between.

  • Set the cake pan aside and allow the caramel to cool and harden.

  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, rum and vanilla extract and mix well until fully mixed.

  • Set oven temperature to 350° degrees.

  • Using a water bath, bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • What is a water bath?

    A water bath is a pan of water placed in the oven. To use a water bath you simply fill a large enough pan with water, then place the baking dish, ramekins, etc. into the pan of water. … Water baths are used for recipes that require a moist environment and a less aggressive heat for cooking.

  • When done, remove the flan from the water bath and set aside to cool down for a couple of hours. Then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

  • When ready to unmold, remove the flan from the fridge. Using the same pan where you had your water bath in, pour hot water and place the bundt pan in the hot water. This will help the caramel loosen from the bottom by melting it slightly.

  • Give the bundt pan a little jiggle, and if the flan jiggles around, you are good to go. Otherwise, place it back over the hot water. Flip the flan over its serving dish while giving it a little jiggle. And be prepared to be amazed!

Dominica: all about the country. Economy, nature and advantages

Dominica is a country on one of the Caribbean islands that attracts people from many countries both as a resort and as a destination for emigration. Due to the similarity of the names, it is sometimes confused with the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic), moreover, both of them belong to the Caribbean. To avoid confusion, you can use the full name — the Commonwealth of Dominica, and also remember the difference in the location of these countries. The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Haiti, which is part of the Greater Antilles, and shares it with the state of Haiti. Dominica, on the other hand, completely occupies the territory of one of the Lesser Antilles, and further we will talk about this country.

State symbols

The island of Dominica was discovered in the 15th century by Christopher Columbus, after which the French and the British competed for the right to colonize it for several centuries. The first permanent settlements appeared here in the 18th century. Since 1763, Dominica existed as a British colony, and in 1978 gained independence.

Over the following decades, the Dominica flag has changed several times, but its details have remained unchanged. In the center of the panel is a sisseru parrot, which lives only in Dominica, and the green background means tropical nature. Interestingly, in nature, sisseru is colored purple and green. On the flag, it is depicted as blue or purple. The result is that the flag of Dominica is one of two national flags in the world that have purple elements (the other belongs to Nicaragua). The stripes on the flag symbolize the unity of the three main groups that make up the population of the state — blacks, mulattos and Europeans.

Sisseru parrots can also be seen on the coat of arms of Dominica: they hold his shield. And this is not the only tropical animal on the emblem: in the upper right quarter of the emblem there is a mountain frog. Also on the shield there are images of coconut and banana palms — significant agricultural crops for the island, as well as an Indian canoe, which symbolizes the heritage of the aborigines who lived on the island before colonization. The heraldic lion at the top of the coat of arms is a symbol of Great Britain, reminiscent of the colonial history of Dominica.

Dominica’s economy is now based on agriculture. About 20% of the island’s area is allocated for the cultivation of various crops, such as bananas, citrus fruits, cocoa, although the profitability of this industry is highly dependent on climatic conditions. A significant contribution to the economy of Dominica is made by light industry enterprises. In addition, the state actively supports the development of tourism and seeks to create an appropriate infrastructure. Import at the same time assumes over export: the country sells bananas, other fruits, rum on the international market, and imports food, various consumer goods, equipment for industrial enterprises.

Nature and climate

Dominica is an island of volcanic origin, and the preserved traces of eruptions, such as extinct volcanoes of characteristic shape or solidified lava, attract many tourists. On the territory of the island there are several national parks, which preserve all the richness of the local flora and fauna. Bright tropical butterflies, colorful parrots, tropical fruit trees — all this can be seen in abundance.

A unique attraction is the Boiling Lake — a body of water that is best observed from a safe distance, because of the hot springs that supply it, the temperature in it is really close to boiling water. Thus, it is one of the largest geothermal reservoirs in the world. In addition, there are healing sulfur springs in the southern part of the island.

Among the natural beauties of Dominica are other lakes — for example, the Emerald, surrounded by delightful tropical forests, or the Miraculous, which arose a little more than twenty years ago as a result of a collapse that happened after the rains. Not far from the capital there is another remarkable place — the Trafalgar Twin Falls, for admiring which a special observation deck is equipped.

There are many suitable diving and snorkeling sites on the coast of the island. In addition, it is here that throughout the year you can meet sperm whales and take advantage of the unique opportunity to observe these underwater giants up close. You can also get acquainted with the flora and fauna of Dominica in the Roseau Botanical Gardens, where exotic and ornamental plants are collected, and there is also a reserve of rare parrots.

The sights of Dominica are not only nature. On the territory of the island, several buildings of the colonial period have been preserved, the most notable of which is the Cathedral of the city of Roseau, built in the 18th century, since then it has been reconstructed and restored more than once.

Nearby is the Old Market — the city’s central square, in the vicinity of which many colonial buildings have been preserved. Roseau also has a museum dedicated to the history of Dominica. It’s in the early 19 buildingcentury. On the first floor there is an information point for tourists, on the second floor there are expositions from which you can learn a lot about the history of Dominica from the most ancient times.

Another notable place is the stadium called Windsor Park. It can accommodate more than 12 thousand spectators and is used not only for sports matches, but also for the regular festival of Creole music.

Dominica has a humid tropical climate. The rainy season usually lasts from June to October. During this period, hurricanes often occur. The temperature is kept in the range of 25-27 degrees, so the climate remains comfortable for life at any time of the year.


Dominica has two international airports located near the city of Roseau. If you are arriving in a large aircraft, it will most likely land at Douglas-Charles Airport, which is an hour away from the city, as it has a longer runway. A flight from Russia to Dominica usually involves one or two transfers: from Moscow to one of the European countries, then from there to one of the Caribbean countries, and then by a local flight to the final destination.

If you are considering Dominica not only as a country of citizenship, but also as a place of permanent residence, you should give preference to housing in one of the two largest cities — Roseau or Portsmouth, as it has the most developed infrastructure. When planning a trip, it is worth considering that there is no railway connection on the island, and the main mode of transport is a car. Minibuses are used as public transport. The main highways are maintained in good condition, and the outskirts of the island and the countryside, where dirt roads lead, can be difficult to access during the rainy season.

Dominica citizens have access to free education that meets Commonwealth standards. However, if you are moving to the island with children, it is worth considering that you will most likely have to pay for quality education — this applies to kindergarten, elementary school, and further education. Those who wish can continue their education at the State College of Dominica with the right to enroll after that in European, American or British universities.

There will be no problems with quality medical care either: if necessary, you can use the services of one of the seven public clinics or one of the private ones.

Citizenship program

Like several other Caribbean countries, Dominica is seeking to make its economy more attractive to foreign citizens by developing a citizenship by investment program. It has been operating since 1993, but during this time the conditions have changed several times, mainly in favor of greater attractiveness for those who want to become a citizen of the world. For example, in 2020, the list of relatives that an applicant can include in his application was expanded.

To obtain Dominica citizenship by investment, you can choose one of two options:

  • make a non-refundable donation of at least 100 thousand dollars to the Economic Diversification Fund;
  • to make a returnable investment of 200 thousand dollars in real estate in Dominica.

As you can see, the second case requires a large initial investment, but it may turn out to be more profitable: it will be possible to return the investment after three years, and during this time the property will be a source of additional income.

Dominica’s tax laws are very beneficial for investment citizenship holders. Since it does not impose an obligation to live in the country, it is possible to hold a Dominica passport and not be a tax resident of Dominica. To obtain this status, you need to spend more than 183 days a year in the country. The basic rules of taxation in Dominica are as follows:

  • Tax residents pay tax on all their income, and non-residents — only on income received in Dominica, for example, as a result of renting real estate.
  • Income tax is taxed at a progressive rate of 15% on the first EC$20,000, 25% on the next EC$30,000 and 35% on amounts above this threshold.
  • The real estate tax is only valid in the two largest cities of the country, and the rest of the territory is not taxed on real estate ownership.
  • In some cases, for example, if a non-resident receives income in the form of rent, dividends or interest, it is paid by the payer and not the recipient of the income.
  • The amount of tax can be reduced through various deductions — for example, tuition fees, donations, expenses related to the source of income (for example, utility bills in the case of rent). In addition, tax residents are entitled to an additional deduction that will reduce the tax amount by several thousand dollars.

Another advantage of Dominica citizenship is the ability to include in the application not only the spouse and children, but also other family members — parents on both sides, as well as brothers and sisters, if they have no children, and their age does not exceed 25 years. The cost of the procedure will depend on the total number of family members, since the amount of the state fee will vary depending on it.

Dominica citizenship obtained by investment gives its holder the following opportunities:

  • visa-free visits to more than 140 countries, including the European Union and the UK;
  • no taxation of income, transfer of property by gift or inheritance;
  • favorable taxation conditions for both individuals and companies.
  • your income data will be protected by confidentiality rules;
  • it is not necessary to live in Dominica permanently;
  • It is possible to obtain citizenship without visiting the country, you will not need to confirm knowledge of its history and culture either.

The procedure for obtaining Dominica citizenship by investment can take up to six months.

If you want to apply for citizenship of one of the countries of the Caribbean, please contact us: we will tell you about the features of each of the options, help you choose the most suitable one and assist you at all stages, from preparing documents to organizing trips to the target country. Cooperating with us, you will be sure: the risk of delays due to the need to correct or clarify documents is minimized, and we will take care of communication with government agencies, you will not need to visit tropical islands to obtain a passport.

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