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Key Lime Cheesecake Flan

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Key Lime Cheesecake Flan |

Key Lime Cheesecake Flan |

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been waking up every morning at 5 to go to the gym. It was pretty brutal the first couple days but it’s really weird how your body just adapts and gets used to it. I actually wake up at 445 now-a-days and feel as if I’ve gotten plenty of sleep. This isn’t good for weekends, though, because I’m up at the crack of dawn. Sleeping in? What’s that?

Haha, as they all say: you know you’re an adult when you get excited over furniture purchases and when sleeping in is considered 7am. I think it’s so crazy how when you’re young, you never think it’ll happen to you and think that you’ll always sleep until 11am. Just thinking about how late I used to sleep in blows my mind. By the time I woke up, my parents had already done all their errands and were outside doing yard work. I always thought that was weird and wondered why they never slept in ;) I guess now I know, haha

Key Lime Cheesecake Flan |

Key Lime Cheesecake Flan |

While at the gym, I discovered that if you bring your iPad with you and stream movies from Amazon Prime (you guys, if you don’t have Amazon Prime by now, you’re missing out), then your workout goes way fast and you actually never want to get off the machine because you want to keep watching the movie! I just finished watching The Avengers and I started Thor this morning. After I finish Thor, I think I’m going to move onto TV shows. Do you have a favorite TV show series I should watch? I put Friday Night Lights in my queue but we’ll see how much I get into it.

Key Lime Cheesecake Flan |

I’ve never made a flan before and quite honestly it’s for two reasons: 1. I thought flans were hard like I thought creme brulees were hard, and 2. I never liked flans.

Wait, what did I just say? Yup. I never liked flans. When I was younger, I tried flan and hated it. I claimed it gave me a headache and I didn’t like the smell. I don’t know what I was thinking or why I was so turned off by it. Everyone I ever talked to said they love flans.

When I saw this key lime cheesecake flan I knew I had to give flan a shot and the fact that I adore key lime pie and key lime cheesecake, I knew this key lime cheesecake flan was going to be amazing.

And amazing it was. It literally tasted like paradise. I just need sand, ocean water, and a cocktail in my hand…sigh.

Key Lime Cheesecake Flan

Key lime cheesecake flan is a tangy, creamy, and silky dessert that will make you feel as if you're eating this in paradise!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ½ cup fresh Key Lime juice or bottled Key Lime juice, this is the one I used

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  • Preheat oven to 300 °F and position rack in the center of the oven.
  • In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar and 3 tbsp. of water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium high and boil, without stirring, until the mixture begins to turn golden-brown on the edges, about 3-5 minutes. Gently swirl the pan over the heat until the caramel is dark amber, another 1-2 minutes.
  • Immediately divide the caramel among six 6 oz. ramekins, swirling each one to cover the bottom. Arrange ramekins in a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and mix on low speed, scraping down the sides occasionally. Mix for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the egg yolks, whole eggs, and vanilla bean paste to the mixture and mix on low speed until well-mixed. Add the lime juice and mix until incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture through the strainer then evenly divide among the ramekins, about 1/2 cup each.
  • Pour very hot water into the baking pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Be VERY careful to not splash the water into the ramekins.
  • Tightly cover the pan in foil and bake until the centers jiggle slightly when the ramekins are shaken, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Transfer the banking pan to a wire rack, uncover the baking pan, and let the flans cool completely in the water bath, before removing, about 2 hours.
  • Remove the ramekins from the water, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up two days.

Recipe Notes

Source: Fine Cooking


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 367 kcal | Carbohydrates: 49 g | Protein: 9 g | Fat: 16 g | Sugar: 48 g

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert

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Saturday 22nd of February 2014

Question, this looks amazing, but I don't have ramekins. Could I do this in an 8x8 baking pan, or a springform pan? I'm sure I can get ramekins for cheap somewhere, but I don't want to buy them simply to use them a couple times a year :).


Monday 24th of February 2014

Hi Leslie, I would definitely not try making this in a 8x8 baking pan or a springform pan. They weren't made to be made that way and your results might be disastrous. They might not flip out correctly and break. You're more than welcome to give it a try though!


Friday 4th of October 2013

I`m still at the stage where I`m sleeping in until 10:30am. Haha. I was to wake up at 7:15am for my part time ONCE a week and I`m already dying. LOL.

I love watching tv shows while at the gym! Especially funny shows like How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, or Modern Family. They`re so funny, they keep you occupied while you`re working out, but not too serious that you`ll want to slow down on the machine to listen to what`s happening!

I love the key lime spin on this cheesecake flan!

Marian (Sweetopia)

Saturday 28th of September 2013

Looks like paradise to me!

Nathedra White

Friday 27th of September 2013

How can I incorporate pumpkin to make it pumpkin cheese cake flank. Thanks,


Saturday 28th of September 2013

Hi Nathedra, I can't really help you with this since I have never made it with pumpkin before and I would prefer to test the recipe before I told you what to do because flan is tricky and if I gave you wrong amounts of pumpkin, your flan would likely fail. I'm sorry!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

My dad's a flan FREEEEEAK. He'd love this! I love the twist of flavors :)