Recipe: Making Flan With a Vanilla Wafer Twist

This recipe is actually from my mother-in law.  She adds cookies to the bottom of the flan.  It tastes amazing.  You will need a pressure cooker and a deep aluminum pot without a handle to fit inside of the pressure cooker.IMG_20181024_151939570


  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of white sugar (using the same evaporated milk can)
  • 1/2 can of water (using the same evaporated milk can)
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Step 1: Put milk, water, sugar and vanilla extract in a pot to bowl.  Once it has started to bowl, put it aside to let it cool down.

Step 2: Mix 5 eggs in a blender with a pinch of salt.  After milk has completely cooled then add it to the egg mixer in the blender.

Step 3: Making the caramel.  Add 5 tablespoons of sugar to an aluminum pot that does not have a handle since it will go inside of a pressure cooker.  Put low heat on the pot.  You will see the sugar start to get a light brown color.  Move the pan in a circular motion so that the walls of the pan have the coating of sugar on it.

Step 5: Put the mixture from the blender into the pot with the caramel in it.  Add about 1/4 of water to a stove top pressure cooker.  Cover the top of the pot with aluminum foil and place it inside of the pressure cooker.

Step 6: Set the stove to medium heat.  After you have the valve on the pressure cooker, leave it on the stove for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 7: Take the pressure cooker off of the stove top.  After pressure has been released, remove the pot from the inside of the pressure cooker and remove the aluminum foil.  Add a layer of cookies (Nilla vanilla wafers are great for this).  Put back on the aluminum foil.  Place the pot inside of the pressure cooker again and give it another 5 minutes of pressure.  Turn off the stove and let it sit.

It is important to let the flan cool off completely before trying to remove it from the pot.  Use a knife to separate the flan from the walls of the pot.  Place a plate on top of the pot and flip it over.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  God Bless.



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