Easy Cheese Flan Recipe From Puerto Rico You’ll Love

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Looking for an easy cheese flan recipe to make for your family and friends? Check out this Puerto Rican Cheese Flan recipe that will be passed down for generations!

If you are looking for a tried and true dessert that is perfect no matter the time of year this is it! Puerto Rican Cheese Flan is a chilled dessert that is fabulous for the holidays or any other special occasion.

This is one of those recipes that anyone can make and requires very little cooking experience. As long as you follow the simple ingredients and steps listed below you will rock this yummy dessert.

The beauty of this dessert is that it not only tastes delicious but it looks fabulous when displayed as well.

For instructions on how to recreate this scrumptious dessert check out the details below.

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Puerto Rican Cheese Flan Recipe

A little history on the Puerto Rican Cheese recipe I’m sharing today.

First, flan de queso puerto rico is my go-to Holiday Dessert.

It is pretty much the BEST dessert I make.

Like the one and only other than boxed cupcakes which I’ve stopped making because my children are both off living their best lives.

So I learned to make this easy cheese flan recipe at the age of 13 while on vacation with my dad in Puerto Rico.

My father who recently passed away was of Puerto Rican descent.

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My Dad at his Florida house

As a teenager, I was obsessed with his heritage.

Typically I make this recipe several times from Thanksgiving through Christmas!

During the holiday season, my family has come to expect this dessert because it tastes so yummy!

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What is Cheese Flan?

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Flan, or crème caramel, is a creamy custard dessert topped with caramel. It is popular in Mexico, Spain, and many Latin American countries.

Flan de Queso is a smooth cream cheese custard topped with a decadent layer of homemade caramel. Using only 5 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep time, this rich variation on traditional flan is one that you can master, fast! Serve chilled for a sweet finale to your next family dinner.

It’s known for its smooth and creamy consistency that’s achieved by cooking the custard in a water bath, or a bain-marie or baño-maría. Doing so creates steam in the oven which gently and evenly cooks the flan, keeping it moist and ensuring that the eggs aren’t overcooked and curdled, or scrambled.

Before we get into the How To I must mention this is NOT a low-calorie recipe.

The entire Cheese Flan adds up to about 3,431 calories but I divided that into 10 servings for a whopping 344 calories per sliver.

This is a yummy, sweet dessert that will literally melt in your mouth.

Since I don’t like to work that hard to stay fit I choose to have a sliver but the men in the family usually go for a large serving.

Be WARNED this dessert will go straight to your mid-section.

You will definitely need Boho Beautiful if you eat too much!

How to make Puerto Rican Cheese Flan:

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  • Prep 15 m
  • Cook 60 m
  • Ready In 4 h 15 m
  • Total Time 5 h 30 m
  1. Preheat to oven 350°F degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until completely dissolved. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Remove from heat when it is a dark golden, amber color, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Immediately pour the melted sugar into the bottom of the 9″-inch glass baking pan; swirl so that caramel reaches the sides, working quickly before it hardens. Set aside.
  4. Place sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla in a blender; blend until smooth.
  5. Place enough water in the tin pan to reach the caramel of the glass pan. Place the glass pan inside the tin pan with the water.
  6. Pour the condensed milk mixture on top.
  7. Bake flan in the preheated oven until a damp table knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Chill flan in the refrigerator until firm, 3 to 4 hours (I chill overnight).
  9. When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges to loosen. Set a plate over the flan and flip it upside-down to invert.
  10. Slice into wedges and serve.

*** Make sure to serve your Cheese Flan on a platter or cake stand with a lip so the caramel does not drip off the plate.

Puerto Rican Flan Recipe Photos

Images of the steps to make Puerto Rican Cheese Flan from last Thanksgiving.

When serving this yummy dessert make sure your dish has a lip so the caramel does not drip off the plate.

This is one of those desserts that your guests will be impressed by the looks alone. Then when they taste the Puerto Rican Cheese Flan they’ll be amazed.

My son recently made this yummy cream cheese flan recipe for a birthday celebration and it was the star of the show!

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I hope this flan de queso recipe is inspiring and helpful as you plan your next celebration. Your family and friends will love it too!

Let me know if you try out this family favorite in the comments below.

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Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Nicole DelaCruz

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