Here is my friend, Lazara’s recipe for her Classic Cuban Flan. It’s wonderful prepared as is or used as a base recipe for other flan flavors!
1 cup sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
5 egg yolks
1 whole egg
4 oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Have a baking dish you will be using to bake your flan ready. You can use ramekins, muffin pan, tart pan, whatever works for you. You will also need a larger shallow pan to set it in to create a water bath.
In a saucepan over medium high heat, add the sugar and allow it to caramelize. This will take about 5-7 minutes and avoid the temptation to stir!
Once you have a caramel, remove from the heat and place in a baking dish you will be using to bake your flan. Swirl the caramel to cover the bottom of the baking dish and place in the larger shallow pan; set aside.
Carefully pour hot boiling water into the large shallow pan so that it comes up halfway up the sides of your flan baking dish. Cover the flan baking dish with foil. Place both pans into the oven and bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven.
For Coconut Lime Flan: substitute the evaporated milk with coconut milk and add 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest in the blender with the other ingredients.
For Mango Flan: add 1/2 cup fresh mango chunks in the blender with the other ingredients.
For Guava Flan: add 1/2 cup guava paste in the blender with the other ingredients.