By Edu Costa − On Monday, November 9, 2015, 8 years ago in Dessert Recipes
4 out of 5 with 36 ratings
comments: 2 - views: 65242

Portuguese Flan Recipe

Portuguese Flan Recipe

How to make Portuguese flan (Pudim).

Preparation time 20 min
Cooking Time 45 min
Ready In1 h 5 min
Level of DifficultyEasy

Portuguese flan, also known as "flan de leite" or "pudim de leite", is a traditional dessert in Portugal that is made with eggs, milk, sugar, and caramel. It is similar to a Spanish flan, but with a slightly different texture and flavor.

To make Portuguese flan, you start by making a caramel sauce by melting sugar in a saucepan until it turns a deep amber color. The caramel is then poured into a flan mold or individual ramekins, which are swirled around to coat the bottom and sides of the container.

Next, a custard mixture is made by whisking together eggs, sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and vanilla extract. The custard is then poured into the caramel-coated mold or ramekins, and the whole thing is baked in a water bath until set.

Once the flan is cooked, it is chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. When ready to serve, the flan is inverted onto a serving platter, allowing the caramel sauce to flow over the top of the flan.

Portuguese flan is a rich and creamy dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It can be served plain or with a dollop of whipped cream on top for added indulgence.


11 egg yolks1 and 1/2 cups of sugar1 tablespoon of corn starch1 whole egg2 cups of milk1 tablespoon of lemon zest1/2 cup of Porto wine1/2 cup of sugar for caramel1 flan mold
11 egg yolks1 and 1/2 cups of sugar1 tablespoon of corn starch1 whole egg2 cups of milk1 tablespoon of lemon zest1/2 cup of Porto wine1/2 cup of sugar for caramel1 flan mold
Get Portuguese ingredients Get Portuguese ingredients and other stuff from


  1. In the flan mold put enough sugar to cover the bottom (more or less 1/2 cup). No water is needed!
  2. Place the mold directly on the stove over low-heat swirling pan occasionally (no stirring) until sugar melts and turns deep amber.
  3. Out of the stove, swirl the caramel until it coats bottom and sides of pan. Set aside (the caramel will harden and crack a little, as it gets cold, no worries).
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with sugar until creamy.
  5. Mix in the whole egg, the milk, the lemon zest and one tablespoon of corn starch.
  6. Add the Porto wine (optional).
  7. Pour the mixture in the flan mold and cover with the locking top.
  8. Put the flan mold inside a big pan with water until halfway up side of the flan mold.
  9. Cover the pan, bring the water to a boil in the stove over high-heat.
  10. Reduce to low-heat and let it cook for 45 minutes.
  11. Remove flan mold from the pan and let it cool completely (best if chilled until cold) before turning over carefully onto plate. Allow the caramel to run over flan and serve.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Teresa R H *

What's the Stove temperatures? To Hank you!
1 year ago, Friday, April 8, 2022
reply (+1) (-0)
Edu Costa
On the high, it should be between medium and high, on the low it should be between medium and low.
1 year ago, Saturday, April 9, 2022

You might also like:

Portugal's tastiest sandwich - the Francesinha, was invented in the 1950s at a Porto restaurant called A Regaleira by Daniel Silva.
Learn how to make Portuguese holy ghost soup (sopas do espírito santo) in this video with Michael Santos.
How to make Portuguese coconut biscoitos,  a traditional Portuguese biscuits made with coconut. These delicious treats are popular in Portugal and among Portuguese communities around the world.