Updated: Oct 11, 2020
I've tried many different recipes for this, and I must say that this one is not only simple, it is also delicious!
For the Caramel
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) water
For the Flan
1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
2 cups (500 ml) milk, hot
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
Make the Caramel
In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until it is a dark golden brown (mahogany). Divide among six 125 ml (1 / 2 cup) capacity ramekins. Allow to cool.
Make the Flan
Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the hot milk. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the hot liquid. Pour into the ramekins.
Prepare a water bath by laying a towel in the bottom of large baking dish. Place the ramekins in the dish and fill halfway up with simmering water. Bake for about 40 minutes. The water should never boil.
Remove from the oven and water. Cool. Refrigerate. Run the blade of a knife around the ramekins, invert and serve very cold.