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no-bake flan with caramel on top

No-Bake Flan

This No-Bake Flan is super easy to make and only requires 6 ingredients! It’s an impressive dessert that can be made ahead, and is sure to please all of your friends and family!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin
Keyword caramel, flan, no-bake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Resting Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 15 people
Calories 350 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar 200 grams, 7 oz
  • 1/2 cup water 118 ml

No-Bake Flan

  • 3 cups milk 709 ml, divided
  • 28 grams gelatin 1 oz, about 3 tablespoons
  • 450 ml table cream about 2 cups*
  • 2-14 oz. cans condensed milk total 28 oz, 792 grams
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Caramel

  1. Place sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring the sugar to help it melt evenly.
  3. Once all sugar has melted and it has a deep amber color, add the water.
  4. Be careful with this step, as the hot caramel will bubble up vigorously once you add the water.
  5. Once the water has been added, some of the sugar will harden up and crystallize. Simply continue to stir over medium heat, for a few more minutes, until the sugar re-melts completely.
  6. When the caramel is smooth, and all the sugar has melted, pour it on the bottom of an un-greased large bundt pan.**
  7. Place the bundt pan on a flat surface in the fridge, or freezer, until the caramel hardens up, this can take from 30-45 minutes in the fridge and 15 minutes in the freezer. It’s very important that the caramel is hardened before you pour the flan in the pan.

No-Bake Flan

  1. Pour 2/3 cup of milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes to bloom.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 1/3 cups of milk in a small saucepan, over medium heat.
  3. Let the milk come to an almost boil, but don’t let it actually boil.
  4. Once you see the first bubbles emerge, turn the heat off.
  5. Pour gelatin and milk in the pan with the hot milk. Whisk until the gelatin has melted completely and incorporated into the milk.
  6. In a bowl, mix table cream (or heavy cream), with condensed milk, and vanilla. Add hot milk/gelatin mixture to the bowl.
  7. Add food coloring, or turmeric for coloring*** if using any. Whisk until incorporated.
  8. Let flan mixture cool down slightly, for about 10 minutes.
  9. Pour it over the hardened caramel.
  10. Place pan in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.
  11. On the next day, remove it from the fridge, and use a knife to run around the edges of the flan, and in the middle too. Be careful when doing this, so you don’t cut through the flan. Slowly start to run the knife around the edges, until you reach the bottom of the flan. It’s important to make sure the whole flan lose from the sides of the pan. If one section is still stuck to the pan, but the rest is not, the flan might break when you flip it onto the plate.
  12. Keep slowly running the knife around the edges of the pan, and jiggle the pan every so often, and when you see that the flan is loose in there, it’s time to flip it onto the plate.

Storage

  1. The flan will store well for 4-5 days in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

*Table Cream: 450 ml will be 1.9 cups, so just slightly less than 2 cups. If you can’t find Table Cream, substitute with heavy cream, but use 1 1/2 cup instead (354 ml). Table Cream should be easily found in the latin food aisle at the store.

**Bundt pan: I used a 12-cups bundt pan, a 10-cups bundt pan will also work.

***Coloring: To give the flan that characteristic yellow tone, you can add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring to the batter, or from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, if you want to. This amount of turmeric won’t alter the taste of the flan.

Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Flan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.