A very merry Leche Flan

For Jihan Casquejo, a Filipino Santa Monica College student, a special sweet treat his mother makes called leche flan, reminds him of the delicious food and family gatherings that come with Christmas.

Casquejo explains that this desert is very popular in the Philippines, even though it originates from France and Spain. His mother, who has adapted the dessert in her own way, makes it each year during the holidays.

“It is my mother's favorite dessert because it reminds her of when her mother made it when she was a kid,” said Casquejo.

Both of Casquejo’s parents came to U.S. from the Philipines. His father arrived to America in 1983 and his mother in 1977.

Explaining how the dessert has reminded them of fond memories, Casquejo also said that it helps keep their family recipes and culture relevant while living in U.S.

If you want to enjoy a delicious dessert during your holidays, check out the recipe below, and enjoy the treat!

Leche Flan (makes 2 cakes)


2 Layer Steamer


12 egg yolks

1 can condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

2 cups brown sugar


1. Mix together eggs, condensed milk, and evaporated milk, then set aside.

2. Melt 1 cup brown sugar into thick syrup in saucepan. Do the same with other cup.

3. Pour mixture into saucepan. Then mix.

4. Prepare one mixture in one layer of steamer and remaining mixture in other layer.

5. Steam for 1 hour.

6. Check readiness with toothpick.

7. Serve upside down.

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