No-Fail Flan Without Condensed Milk

Flan without condensed milk or crème caramel, an indulgent flourless dessert that simply melts in your mouth. The perfect dessert for any party, these individual pots of heaven are sheer pleasure.A white plate with a flan topped with a sugar rose

Crème Brûlée Vs. Crème Caramel

There is some sort of confusion perhaps between the classic crème brûlée and this crème caramel. Although the technique is pretty similar, and the final result no doubt is as delicious, crème caramel is usually baked in a ramekin that has been lined with caramel on the bottom.

Crème brûlée has sugar sprinkled on top, which is then burnt using a cooking blow torch.

I think l prefer the crème caramel tough, it looks so pretty when turned upside down, but of course, you can just dig in and eat it straight from the ramekin, without bothering removing it first.

When l was a child, mum used to make us crème caramel sometimes, and l just loved it. My only complaint was that l wanted a bigger portion, l can see l had a sweet tooth from then?

What a spectacular dessert, if you like caramel, this is something you must try for sure.

Overhead shoot of a flan dessert on a white plate

How to make flan without condensed milk

Don’t panic thinking it’s difficult to make, oh no! Nothing simpler, the basic ingredients are eggs, milk and sugar.

When you caramelise the sugar, DO KEEP AN EYE ON THE CARAMEL when making it, and don’t be tempted to increase the heat, as the sugar will burn quickly.

How do I know? Well, let’s just say I wanted to test what happens if the heat it too high 🙂 It does burn, and badly, with smoke in the whole kitchen and everything. Not nice at all!

A low heat is a must! I find that using a silicone spatula works best for stirring the caramel, it does not stick to the pan and it is easy to clean afterwards.

There is no gelatin in this flan, it settles beautifully once it’s baked.

Oh, and always serve the dessert chilled, the taste is tons better. The flan keeps well in the fridge, it actually tastes even better the next day.

A white plate with flan without condensed milk

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A white plate with flan without condensed milk
No-Fail Flan without Condensed Milk
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

No-fail flan recipe without condensed milk, a spectacular flourless dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or just a nice treat for any occasion.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: flourless desserts
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 ml full-fat milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 40 g powdered sugar
  • 50 g granulated sugar
  • 25 ml cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a pan, warm up the milk until it gets to the boiling point, then remove from the heat.

  2. Beat the eggs and egg yolk until foamy, then add them to the milk, whisking well.

  3. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and mix again to combine, making sure you have a smooth consistency. Set aside.

  4. To make the caramel, add the granulated sugar, water and vinegar to a pan set over a low heat.

  5. Stir continuously until it thickens and changes the colour to a light brownish. It usually takes approximately 20 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.

  7. Divide the caramel between 4 rameskins, making sure the bottom of the rameskins is well covered with an even layer of caramel.

  8. Use a laddle to divide the egg mixture between the 4 rameskins too, then arrange them on an ovenproof dish.

  9. Add water to the dish, so that the rameskins are half covered in water.

  10. Bake for approximately 50 minutes until the crème caramel is set and firm to touch.

  11. Leave to cool down to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours, ideally overnight.

  12. Run a sharp knife around the edges, place a small plate on top of the rameskin, then flip it over to release the crème caramel. Alternatively, you can serve it straight from the rameskin.


Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
Nutrition Facts
No-Fail Flan without Condensed Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Calcium 8.9%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Adriana Lopez Martn
    February 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    You are talking my love language. Flan is a latino classic and we love to serve it in special occassions like Valentine’s Day. Loved yoru presentation and the addition of the sugar flowers. Super pretty!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment, l’m delighted that you like it! ?

  • Reply
    February 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Flan is such a tasty dessert, and perfect for any special occasion. I love how you have styled it here!

  • Reply
    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    February 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Just beautiful! I will admit that I am not a big fan of flan, but your pictures are so lovely it almost makes me want to grab a spoon!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    This is such an elegant looking dish and would be perfect for a special occasion such as Valentines day. Thanks for sharing the great tips on making this.

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    February 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Ooooo I haven’t made creme caramel in AGES! This sounds so good! What a perfect date night dessert!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you! I hope my better half will be impressed with it! ?

  • Reply
    Megan Marlowe
    February 11, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I want to reach through the screen and grab that flan! I love, love, love flan but I’ve never made it at home before! I am making this recipe soon because now I’ve got a huge craving for it! YUM!

  • Reply
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    February 11, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Mmmm flan is so delicious but I haven’t made it in so long. I love this no-fail recipe! What a great one for Valentine’s Day.

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    February 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

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  • Reply
    Hanady | Recipe Nomad
    February 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    This looks delicious and easy to make. My sister in law makes the most lovely creme caramel and I’m always so impressed! Looks like it’s time to impress her with this recipe!

  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    February 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    It has been too long since I have made this type of dessert. Perfect way to end a nice meal. I always love the presentation of these desserts. Love the fact it is easy to make, and tastes like it took hours.

  • Reply
    Sara | Modern Little Victories
    February 12, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful! And can’t beat a no fail recipe like that especially for something people might be afraid to make.

  • Reply
    February 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I never got the flan texture just right, your recipe is just what i was looking for.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Thank you for your comment, l hope the flan will turn out right now! Let me know how it goes ?

  • Reply
    Byron Thomas
    February 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    No fail? Flan? That caught my attention. I have tried my hand at flan a few times, but it’s never turned out right. Now, I need to give your instructions a try and see if I can finally master it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

      I hope this time it turns out right. Enjoy, it’s a lovely dessert!

  • Reply
    Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    February 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I have to say, this looks much better than other flan recipes I’ve seen. I’m going to share it with my friend who loves flan.

  • Reply
    Giselle Rochford
    February 13, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Back in my pre-vagan days my grandmother would always make flan without a recipe. I tried once and it was a hot mess LOL. Definitely could have used a no fail recipe back then ?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 13, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Ha, l think grandmothers had their own secret way or ingredients to magically cook and bake amazing stuff.

  • Reply
    February 13, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    February 13, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I couldn’t take my eyes off your pictures. They look marvelous and the recipe is so easy to make. Bookmarking to try soon.

  • Reply
    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    February 13, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Oh wow – that looks so perfect! I so want to grab a spoon and reach through the screen for a bite. Or lots of bites… yum!

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    February 13, 2017 at 4:01 am

    You know, my mother used to make this, too… and I don’t know when I last had it! She just called it custard, but had a whole water bath arrangement for it… and yes, always made the caramel.

    Thanks for the memory!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

      I’m glad l could remind you of old days, these are the best memories!

  • Reply
    Kathy McDaniel
    February 13, 2017 at 5:12 am

    What a beautiful presentation! I love flan! Such a delicate and delicious dessert. I think I will have to make this for my sweetie on valentines!

  • Reply
    February 14, 2017 at 2:12 am

    These pictures look super good, I especially like the flair the rose on top gives it! Can I ask when you say the ramekins should be half covered in water, what temperature would that be, boiling, lukewarm, etc?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      February 14, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Hi Kota,

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad you like it. The water can be lukewarm. We do that to ensure an even temperature in the oven so that the bottom part does not get burnt or stuck to the ramekin, and the caramel can become like a sauce once the flan is cooked. When checking it from time to time, you can top up with more water if needed. I hope this helps.

      • Reply
        February 16, 2017 at 12:59 am

        Thanks so much, this will definitely help. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 26, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Sounds and looks amazing! I love flan!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      July 26, 2017 at 5:04 am

      Thank you! It’s a very delicious dessert, and easy to make.

  • Reply
    Nader ghattas
    November 13, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Why you used vinegar when you prepar the caramel? Thank you

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      November 13, 2018 at 5:53 am

      The vinegar (or even lemon juice) is added to avoid the caramel harden too much.

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