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 mins
    Cook Time: 8 hrs 40 mins
    Total Time: 9 hrs
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
    Calories: 367kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 tbsp water
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
    • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
    • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 1/2 cup fresh Key Lime juice or bottled Key Lime juice, this is the one I used


    • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit 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.


    Source: Fine Cooking
    Nutrition Facts
    Key Lime Cheesecake Flan
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 367 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Carbohydrates 49g16%
    Sugar 48g53%
    Protein 9g18%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Key Lime Flan? Girl, you fancy! And kind of a genius… this looks so delicious!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Oh, my heavens! Julie, your Key Lime Cheesecake Flan looks simply, well…sublime! So very creative of you. This could very well become my favorite dessert of all time. Cannot wait to try. Thanks ever so much for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I really wish scandal were on amazon prime for free cuz I’d push you to watch that instead BUT you’ll like FNL too. I’m sure of it. It’s easy to get sucked in and I’m only like what… 5 or 6 episodes in? Yay for having a workout buddy that’s had her sleep routine messed up too. Darn old age ;)

  • Tieghan says:

    Wow, 445?! Go you! That is hard core! :)

    I have never had flan, but yours looks gorgeous and is making it on my must try soon list!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs says:

    I’m a pretty early riser, too. My body clock just never lets me sleep in! But, while you’re waking up at 5 to go to the gym, I think I’ll wake up at 5 to make these ;)

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    My TV recommendation of the day: Suits. I have such an unhealthy crush on Harvey.
    Too funny you told your parents flan gave you a headache–I used to do the same with meatloaf, lol. Though between the two, I’d take your slice of paradise any day!

  • cassie says:

    I love flan. This looks perfect and the key lime is a great addition!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Wow! This looks good! I love a good flan recipe!

  • Maria says:

    Josh will love this! Lime is his favorite!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I’m hell bent on getting back in the gym. I am going to figure out the amazon prime stream- I am not sure there is any other way to get me on a cardio machine day after day- thank you for the tip!!

    I have never made a flan before either- but this key lime variety looks lovely Julie!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    I’m a huge fan of flan (tee hee :)) AND key lime cheesecake. Love this so much!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    We are two peas in a pod, I swear. For the past two weeks I’ve been getting up at 5am to workout, too. It’s funny how you actually enjoy it after a while. I love having so much time in the morning and even love being up by 7am on the weekends. I am officially old, lol. I always thought of flan as boring, but this one sounds like something I need in my life! Love anything key lime!

    • Julie says:

      Leah, we really are two peas in a pod!! I wish we could workout together! That’s so funny – I 100% agree about having so much time in the morning. I actually LOVE waking up early just for that bonus!! Lol, we’re such old people :) we can be old together! <3

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oooo, I can practically taste this from here Julie :) Perfect!

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    Okay, definitely, definitely watch “Scandal”. Best TV show EVER, and the new season is about to start in a month so it’s good to be all caught up! Secondly, I’m pretty mindblown you can make flan NOT from a box. Where has this been all my life?

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    LOVE both flan and creme brule!! Amazing recipe, Julie.

  • Sandy Coughlin says:

    This is such a lovely dessert! I’d love to serve this at a dinner party.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    What a beautiful recipe, I would love to serve this to some friends for dessert, it would cause some smiles for sure!

  • Gaby says:

    FNL FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says:

    Key lime – my all time favorite. Key lime flan – gotta try it!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    i know what you mean by waking up at 7 am = sleeping in lol. I cant sleep past 6-7 am no matter what. It kinda sucks on the weekends because I have everything done by noon and now what? About the flan – they look so good but never made it myself. Thanks for sharing your experience, maybe someday I should try it :)

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    My face just fell completely off.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Flan is my husband’s favorite! i have to make this for him!

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds says:

    I love the TV show Leverage. It’s like a TV show version of “The Italian Job” meets “Ocean’s Eleven.”

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    I really need to work out… And 5AM would be the only time I could. Need to make it happen. :)

    Ok, TV shows: How I Met Your Mother and New Girl

    I hate flan, too, but because of the texture. Does this have the same texture??

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Gorgeous, that caramel looks irresistible!

  • Liz says:

    The flan looks lovely. Check out Orange is the New Black (netflix series).

  • [email protected] 'n' Cookies says:

    Your key lime flan looks fantastic! My husband and I went to Key West on our honeymoon, so I have fond associations with all things Key West. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to use key lime juice — this recipe is definitely intriguing, especially since it’s a combo of cheesecake and flan — yum!

  • Jess says:

    did you grease the ramekins? if not, would you recommend it? thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Jess! No, I didn’t grease the ramekins – you really don’t need to, they slide right out if you give the side of the ramekin a good hit with the heel of your hand after you’ve run a paring knife around it :)

      • Jess says:

        Thanks, Julie! I’m going to make them this weekend for a Spanish themed dinner with friends. Yum!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I have to admit, I have not had a flan I like. But since this is a cheesecake flan, you might have won me over! TV shows, oh too many to count! My husband and I have actually been going back and watching older shows we used to love like 24 and Desperate Housewives. Have you tried Parenthood?

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

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

  • Nathedra White says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Looks like paradise to me!

  • Lynna says:

    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!

  • Leslie says:

    Question, this looks amazing, but I don’t have ramekins. Could I do this in an 8×8 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 :).

    • Julie says:

      Hi Leslie, I would definitely not try making this in a 8×8 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!

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