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Home-based business idea: How to make leche flan

The Yuletide season is ideal for hosting parties and family gatherings. Such special occasions will not be complete without leche flan. Making and selling the dessert can be an ideal business opportunity this time of the year.
By Renz Lyndon Paguio |
Home-based business idea: How to make leche flan
<>Leche flan, also known as milk flan, is a local custard made of egg yolk and milk served in an oblong-shaped mold called llanera. Since it is a mainstay in the menu of almost all types of special occasions, it can easily be considered as among the top favorite sweet dishes in the country.

This dessert was introduced to Filipinos by Spaniards probably between the 18th and 19th centuries. The flan was already famous in Europe before it was brought here.

Numerous restaurants offer leche flan in their menu logically because it never fails to draw diners’ attention. Making leche flan can be a lucrative business opportunity for home-based entrepreneurs who are planning to establish small food business at home. It is easy to make; the ingredients can easily be found and bought in groceries. This recipe can make five to seven servings.


•    10 pieces of raw eggs
•    1 small can of condensed milk
•    1 cup of fresh or evaporated milk
•    ½ cup of white sugar
•    ½ tsp of vanilla extract

For the caramel:
•    1 cup of brown sugar
•    5 pieces of calamansi (optional)
•    3 tablespoon of water


leche_flan_2.png1. Crack all the raw eggs and start separating the yolk from the egg white. Only the yolk will be used. Put the combined yolk into a bowl.

2. Carefully beat the egg yolks. Slowly add condensed milk and vanilla extract while beating. Then, add fresh milk and sugar, then continue to mix thoroughly. Keep on mixing until the desired consistency is achieved.

3. Use strainer while pouring the mixture into another bowl. This would help make sure the texture is ideal.

4.  Prepare the caramel by boiling a small amount of water in a saucepan. Lower heat when brown sugar is added. Continuously stir until sugar caramelizes. You may put calamansi to enhance flavor and taste (optional). Immediately pour the syrup into the llaneras.

5. Pour the egg and milk mixture into each llanera. Cover each with aluminum foil and cook using a steamer for about 30 minutes or until leche flan solidifies. Set aside to let cool before refrigerating.


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