Cream Cheese Flan

Total Time:
5 hr 15 min
20 min
3 hr 5 min
1 hr 50 min

6 to 8 servings


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook 1 cup sugar in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar melts and turns a light golden brown. Quickly pour hot caramelized sugar into a 2-quart flan dish. Using oven mitts, tilt dish to evenly coat bottom and sides. Let stand 5 minutes. Sugar will harden.

Whisk together egg yolks and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

Process egg whites, cream cheese, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in blender until smooth. Stir egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl; pour custard over caramelized sugar.

Place dish in a large shallow pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of 1/3 up sides of dish.

Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove dish from water bath; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Run a knife around edge of flan to loosen; invert onto a serving plate.

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    1st I don't have any white sugar in the house, so I used brown sugar to make the caramel ( a little under 1 cup). Then, because I only have course brown sugar, i put 1/2 cup in a coffee girder, it became fine like confection sugar, which was surprising. I only read the other reviews after putting in oven! Many say to leave out that bit of sugar in the mixture, and I would probably agree, because the condensed milk is sweet enough! I did strain it through a metal mesh, but maybe my mesh wasnt fine enough, not much seperated from the flan batter? I also am known to not read a recipe through. I just get started - so I put 7 egg whites in! And 7 yolks! The biggest mistake Im sure! I dunno if my flan will be more like a quiche or rise too much or what - so will let you know. Lastly, I don't own an oven, so am making in a toaster oven! in a very shallow water bath! This is ghetto cooking in a kitchenette! I will make this recipe again correctly.
    Great Cuban recipe from an old Spanish Tradition (Not Mexican! Get your facts straight).. I only left mine in the oven for 1hr and 30minutes and it was enough. For the melted sugar' Make sure the sugar turns into a nice caramelized golden brown color by letting it melt on the pan a bit each time you stir.
    The best flan recipe! I have made it about five times, and it isn't difficult to make. Just follow the recipe! I read reviews that others submitted saying that it didn't come out good, but that they didn't pour the liquid through a mesh must do this! It is fantastic!
    Did not have flan pan so used a large cake pan. After spreading the caramel on my heated cake pan, I sprinkled a bit of sea salt to get that sweet/salt thing going. I added the seeds from a vanilla bead and a splash of almond extract to the mixture. My friends went nuts! It was awesome. The best I have had. A definite do over. Be sure to strain your mixture and prior to serving let your pan sit in a larger pan of warm water to ensure easy separation.
    Love it!!!
    I live in Mexico and everytime i go to a restaurant and see flan on the menu i request it for dessert, and this week i decided i was going to make my own flan and eat it! i have the basic mexican recipe but i tought "iŽll try the one i saw in the food network website, it has so many good reviews that it must be really awesome and better than the one i have". My big fat mistake. This flan is ok but that's all, i did not love it, i don't even want a second piece. This recipe has too many steps for something so basic, i just placed everything in the blender and blended it for two minutes and poured the unstrained mixture over the hardened caramel and it came out good, also i used my nordic ware quilted heart pan, great if you want this flan for a heart shaped gift. I won't make this recipe again, i prefer to buy the Yoplait individual baked flan i get in the supermarket for about 50 cents of a dollar.
    Thanks for the recipe!! A few tips: I use three bowls 
    1 mix egg yolks, condensed milk etc... 
    2 mix the cream cheese with the sugar 
    3 mix the egg whites for a minute 
    Then mix the cream cheese with the egg whites together. It will be nice and smooth!! 
    Loved it. And it was not that hard to make. I was intimidated by the water-bath step. No problem. This will be my "special" company dessert.
    Best FLAN recipe ever! ...My mother-in-law is hispanic and she makes the best flan and I have yet to be able to make one as good as hers until now... This is absolutely devine. Easy to make and absolutely yummy... my husband can't believe I made it! Can't wait to make one for my husbands parents. They are going to love it! YUM YUM YUM
    OMG...This recipe is AMAZING! I searched online for days looking for a good recipe for Flan. I had never tried it before and also never made it. Since this recipe had so many good reviews I thought I'd try it for Christmas Eve dinner. It was a HIT!.. My hubby is not too big on sweets and he had 2 slices. The only changes I made was I added 1 3/4 cups of sugar for the topping and only added 1/4 cup of sugar to the mixture. I also only baked for 1 hr 25 mins. Thank you Jo for sharing this. I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
    I've tried making every flan recipe possible, I finally found one that my mom approved of. It's so creamy and delicious. I would recommend mixing it in a blender instead of a beater, because the cream cheese bits wont blend well. First time I made this flan, the cheese bits floated on top. Another thing I do is just leave the extra 1/2 cup of sugar out as it is already sweet enough and also replaced the regular cream cheese for a whipped cream cheese. It gives it a less thicker texture and tastes a lot better. 
    I have been making this recipe for friends and family for over two years and everyone raves over how great it is, even my Hispanic in-laws! Not hard to make and comes out delicious every time.
    Didn't know exactly what to think of this recipe at first, seemed kind of hard at a glance,so i took it to my favorite cuban restaurant and as luck would have it ,the owner was there and when she reviewed it to give me pointers, she said, "oh, thats my recipe,i entered Southern living cook off and this won!" So she gave me a taste and told me the hardest part was carmalizing the mold. She was right,mine came out perfect! She owns Habana cafe and it is one of the best restaurants in town.My family and friends love this,it is the best flan out there!
    I tried this recipe, the taste turned out great & the texture is creamy. But it is not as soft and jiggly (per se) as the regular flan recipe. Is it because of the addition of cream cheese that gives it a cheesecake like texture?
     Thanks :-)
    loved it
    This recipe is great. I used 1 1/2 cup sugar for the sauce, making it 2 cups in total for the entire recipe. I like a little extra syrup and only baked it for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Also, cover with aluminum foil if it begins to brown on top.
    I haven't made flan in years and wanted to impress a friend coming for dinner. I could not find my old recipe and tried this one. It was outstanding, by far the best flan I've ever tasted! Even my husband, who does not care for flan, loved it. It wonderfully smooth and rich, I will definitely make this again.
    This is the first time for me to make this dessert . It was awesome ! I really loved the texture . It is rich and delicious. worth it ;)
    Do EXACTLY as directed...refrigerate OVERNIGHT and you will have NO disappointments...PERFECT
    This was the first Flan that I have made from Scratch. My wife and I thought that it was very good. It does take a while to cook it but it was well worth the time.
    I was looking for an good and easy flan recipe and found this one. I read other recipes and reviews however, all the positive reviews of this flan recipe made me try it. I have never made a custard type dessert before nor have a candied anything, but this recipe was easy for even me to follow.
     I doubled the recipe to serve 15, we had plenty of leftovers. My family and I eat out at Mexican restaurants a least once a week, this was by far the best flan we have ever had!!!
    This one is a huge hit at my house. It's great with a little dab of fresh whipped cream on top.
    Very interesting the way the recipe is divided - Makes for a better consistency which is what I look for in a flan - rich and delicious.
    I made this flan and everyone loved it........ My mother in law who makes the world greatest flan gave me a 10
    Very good. Be sure to use the blender, or the cream cheese gets lumpy in mix and floats to top. I am going to try doing this the right way the next time I do it. It was great after I scraped off the cream cheese lumps that floated to the top:)
    best cheese flan recipe ever
    This was a great recipe--easy to make, great to look at, and absolutely delicious. The most difficult part was trying to spread the melted, browned sugar around the pan before it hardened. Even though it didn't spread up the sides, it was fine in the end, and the flan easily came out of the pan. I had not made flan before, so I was unsure how this would turn out. I am very pleased, and will make it again.
    Almost like Grandma's
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