Flan de Queso Crema

Around the World in

Five Desserts

Food is a big part of culture, and there’s always something special about experiencing another person’s homeland or heritage through their cooking. Here, we’ve asked five local women to share a part of their culture with us through their favorite dessert recipes. Nothing brings people together quite like sharing a sweet treat!

Photography by Rich Smith

Lorraine Hoffman with her dish Flan de Queso Crema

“My mother served flan mostly during the holidays of Christmas and New Year along with other traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes. My family always looked forward to this custard-like dessert! This dessert was a delightful reminder of our heritage. When I was 16 years old, my father and mother purchased this cookbook on one of their visits to Puerto Rico. My mother gifted it to me when they returned and expressed her desire for me to continue cooking these heritage dishes.”

-Lorraine Hoffman

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Flan de Queso Crema dessert on a platter with a slice

Flan de Queso Crema

Lorraine Hoffman
Course Dessert
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 8


  • aluminum cake pan


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 blocks (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Slowly add 1 cup sugar to aluminum cake pan over low heat until sugar is caramelized and a light golden color.
  • Swirl caramelized sugar to coat the sides of the pan.
  • Blend remaining ingredients, then pour into pan over caramelized sugar.
  • Set the pan in a large, shallow baking dish with 1 inch of hot water.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour until set and golden, then remove pan from water bath.
  • Allow to cool, then cover and store in refrigerator.
  • When ready to serve, turn flan over onto a serving platter.
Keyword around the world in five desserts, Flan de queso crema, puerto rican dessert, puerto rican desserts
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