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Mini Individual Dulce de Leche Flan with Milk

This mini dulce de leche flan recipe is made with simple ingredients: milk, eggs and sugar. This easy, simple dessert is baked in individual ramekins over a layer of silky caramel.

Belula December 31, 2015 October 18, 2021
One mini-individual dulce de leche flan on a pink plate placed over a larger white plate with a spoon on the side. One bite is missing.

Dulce de leche flan and classic flan were both a classic growing up. Whenever my mom made homemade dulce de leche during our long summer holidays a batch would be destined to make this easy flan recipe with milk and eggs. I like serving it in mini-individual portions when I have people over or just for us. It keeps super well in the refrigerator, properly covered, and this way I can just remove each individual dulce de leche flan as needed. Super easy and straightforward recipe you will love for ever and ever!

Ingredient Notes

This recipe calls for simple ingredients. The only one that might be harder to get by, depending on where you live is dulce de leche.

  • Dulce de leche is a spread made with sugar and milk. This is the Argentinean version that does not use condensed milk at all. I like to use this one.
  • Vanilla bean: this is optional. Although I recommend it for the extra flavour that combines lovely with dulce de leche. It can be replaced by good quality vanilla extract.
Closeup shot of one mini-individual dulce de leche flan on a white plate with a spoon on the side with one bite missing and a plate in the background.
The mini-individual dulce de leche flan on white plates arranged in an irregular manner, as seen from above.
A closeup of one dulce de leche flan sliced, with a spoon on the side.

About the pan

This recipe calls for 8 100 ml ramequins.

If you want to use larger 125 ml ramequins you will only need 6.

You can also bake this flan in a rectangular pound cake pan or a small Bundt cake pan and make it one family size flan instead of mini-individual flan servings.

How to make this recipe

Making this mini flan recipe is straightforward. You simply must:

  • Prepare a caramel and line the ramequins with it.
  • Make the dulce de leche flan batter.
  • Bake the flan and cool it down.
  • Remove the individual flan servings from the ramequins and enjoy!
A pot with the cooked caramel for the dulce de leche flan placed on top of a wire rack.
The ramekins lined with caramel for the dulce de leche flan inside a baking tray.
Preparing the dulce de leche flan batter: a large pot filled with milk, scrapped vanilla bean and sugar.
Preparing the dulce de leche flan batter: a mixing bowl with the eggs and the dulce de leche.
Preparing the dulce de leche flan batter:  the dulce de leche batter inside a mixing bowl with a ladle filled with some batter.
Baking the mini-individual dulce de leche flan: the ramekins placed in a baking tray filled with the dulce de leche flan batter.
Baking the mini-individual dulce de leche flan: the baked individual dulce de leche flan arranged as a snake over a pink backdrop.
Serving the mini-individual dulce de leche flan with milk: one dulce de leche flan on a small white plate with 2 spoons on the side.

Step by step instructions

  • Put the sugar in a pot and cover it with the water. Cook over high heat until it changes colour to light brown.
  • Line the ramequins with the caramel so that they are completely and evenly covered. Set aside and let the caramel cool off.
  • In a pot bring the milk and the 50 grams of sugar to a boil. Set aside and let it slightly cool down until it is warm.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the egg, the yolks, the dulce de leche and the vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the hot milk onto the dulce de leche/egg mixture and whisking constantly.
  • Pour the dulce de leche flan batter onto your caramel lined ramequins.
  • Fill the baking tray with water. Bake for about 35/45 minutes, until the flan has completely set.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down at room temperature. Then transfer to the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe notes

  • Caramel is ready when it starts changing colour to a light brown, don’t let it get very dark, as it will taste bitter later.
  • I suggest you use a kitchen towel for the caramel lining of the ramequins because the caramel will be extremely hot and you risk burning!
  • This flan recipe must be baked in water bath and a low temperature to avoid little wholes inside the crème.
  • Dulce de leche must be at room temperature to avoid lumps and get a smooth flan batter.
  • You can use the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or a manual whisk to mix the eggs, the egg yolks and the dulce de leche.

Expert notes

  • Properly lining the ramequins with the caramel is important because it will allow you to remove the dulce de leche crème caramel from the ramequins. If some part of it is not covered in caramel your flan will highly likely stick to it and will break when removing it.
  • You can tell when the flan is ready if when you slightly shake the baking tray, the flan is completely set. If on the contrary it is still a little wiggly at the centre, continue baking!
  • Make sure to let it chill overnight in the refrigerator before unmoulding.
  • To remove the dulce de leche flan from the ramequins (or cake pan if you went for the family size version) you simply must turn the ramequin over a plate, hold it with both hands, while also holding the plate. The give it 3 firm shakes. You will hear a pop, and the flan will fall off the ramequin and onto the plate.
  • If you still cannot remove the flan from the ramequins, try heating it up slightly over the burner to soften the caramel that might have gone a little hard in the fridge!
  • If your flan has little wholes on the sides, and the inside it means you have baked it at too high a temperature or there was not enough water inside the baking tray. Bare this in mind when you are making it next time!
One mini-individual dulce de leche flan on a white plate with a spoon on the side with one bite missing and an empty ramekin on the bottom right corner.
The mini-individual dulce de leche flan on white plates arranged in an irregular manner, as seen from above.
One dulce de leche flan sliced, on a white plate, with a spoon on the side.

Make ahead

This dulce de leche flan recipe can be made ahead and kept refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Storage tips

  • Keep refrigerated and covered with plastic wrap, inside the ramequins for up to 1 week.
  • Remove from the ramequins only when ready to serve and eat.
  • Once the flan has been unmoulded it keeps for up to 3 days safely stored in an airtight container to avoid the caramel from drying up (if it ever lasts this long).

Serving tips

Flan must be served cold!

It can be unmoulded onto a plate, or it can be served directly in the ramequins. I prefer the first option, but totally up to you!

You can serve with a dollop of whipped cream on the side! Or just as is.

Variations to this recipe

This recipe can be made into one big dulce de leche flan using a pound cake pan or a bundt cake pan.

You will need to adjust baking time, as it will take longer to bake than a mini individual flan.

The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition: 326 cal
Cuisine: Argentinian

Ingredients

Caramel

  • Sugar 250 g
  • Water 50 g

Dulce de leche Flan

  • Whole Milk 500 g
  • Sugar 50 g
  • Eggs 1
  • Egg Yolks 4
  • Dulce de Leche 250 g
  • Vanilla Beans (optional) 0.5

Procedure

  • 1. Make the Caramel: Place the ramequins in a baking tray. Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Put the sugar in a pot and cover it with the water. Cook over high heat until it changes colour to light brown. Do not overcook the caramel or it will taste bitter. Line the ramequins with the caramel so that they are completely and evenly covered. Set aside and let the caramel cool off.
  • 2. Prepare the dulce de leche Flan batter: In a pot bring the milk and the 50 grams of sugar to a boil. Set aside and let it slightly cool down until it is warm. In the meantime, whisk together the egg, the yolks, the dulce de leche and the vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Pour the hot milk onto the dulce de leche/egg mixture and whisking constantly. Pour the dulce de leche flan batter onto your caramel lined ramequins.
  • 3. Bake the mini dulce de leche flan: Fill the baking tray with water. Bake for about 35/45 minutes, until the flan has completely set. Remove from the oven and let them cool down at room temperature. Then transfer to the refrigerator overnight.
  • 4. Serve the dulce de leche flan: Once they have completely cooled down you can remove the flan from the ramequins. Turn the ramequin over a plate, hold it with both hands, while also holding the plate. The give it 3 firm shakes. You will hear a pop, and the flan will fall off the ramequin and onto the plate. Serve and enjoy!
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