At Thanksgiving, one of the desserts was a flan. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. Flan is a custard that is baked and has a delicious caramel topping over it. It seems a little intimidating at first, but it’s actually pretty easy to do. The hard part is making sure you don’t stir the syrup, just let it slowly cook on medium until it begins to boil, then watch it carefully. I made mine in little ramekins since it’s easier to serve that way, but you can make it in one large baking dish if you don’t have ramekins. It works great with regular milk (reduced fat) or with lactose free milk. It’s rich and creamy, a delicious dessert that is elegant and sure to please everybody who tries it.


This elegant dessert is worth the time to put it together. It’s beautiful and tastes fabulous! The caramel bottom becomes the top when it’s served, and it can be served with additional caramel sauce to glaze it.


  • 1 cup sugar + 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 cup reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 6 egg yolks


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the 3 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, but do not stir. Cook for about 4 – 5 minutes, or until it becomes a golden brown syrup.
  3. Evenly divide the syrup into 8 small custard cups (need to be oven proof, you can also use one larger dish).
  4. Combine the milk and vanilla in a saucepan.
  5. Heat the mixture over low heat until it begins to bubble at the edges of the pan. Do not boil the milk.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and boil a pot of water.
  7. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until it forms a pale and creamy mixture.
  8. Whisking constantly, add the milk a little at a time, being sure not to add too much at a time or the yolks will curdle.
  9. Evenly divide the custard into the prepared pans.
  10. Place the small custard dishes into a large baking dish.
  11. Fill the baking dish with the boiling water, until the water reaches about halfway up the custard dishes.
  12. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the centers are nearly set. A knife inserted into the custard should come out clean.
  13. Cool until room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  14. Remove from the custard from the cups and slip upside down onto plates to serve.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet tags: Reduced fat, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: Mexican

Calories: 199

Fat: 6

Protein: 6

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 1/3 cup
Each serving = 10 Smart Points/5 Points
PER SERVING: 199 calories; 6g fat; 2.7g saturated fat; 32g carbohydrates; 32g sugar; 6g protein; 0g fiber


  1. This is not a flan at all. A flan has a base made of either a pastry or a type of cake and a filling on top. There should be no pastry covering on a flan. A flan may be either savoury or sweet.
    Your dessert is called Creme Caramel.

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      There is a flan dessert that is made with sponge cake. However, flan is also a custard dessert with caramel filling. It’s even more confusing because flan can be attributed to Italian, Spanish and French cuisine. However, whether you call it flan or crème caramel, it’s delicious. I hope you try it and enjoy it!

  2. Are you going to start doing recipes based on SmartPoints now that WW has changed their program?

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