Flan Parisien, Parisian Flan

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IMG_2086I’m a little bit late for Fiesta Friday but hopefully, this simple and unctuous French dessert called Flan Parisien will make up for it. This dessert is a part of my childhood when I was living in Paris and has been one of my family’s all time favorite dessert. I always make this sweet dessert with a pâte sablée but I was curious to try the recipe without a crust. This recipe is adapted from the chef pastry, Cristophe Michalak. Simple, easy and delicious, I hope you will enjoy it!


Thanks again to our wonderful and generous hostess Angie from The Novice Gardener. Also, thanks to Tracy @Scratch It and Stephanie @The Cozy Cook, for co-hosting this week’s Fiesta Friday!

If you have not yet joined Fiesta Friday I advise you to come 🙂

Serves 8


  • 500ml of milk
  • 125g of liquid cream
  • 50g of cornstarch
  • 124 of white granulated sugar
  • 100g of egg yolk


  1. Grease a pan cake of 18cm and set aside.
  2. In a bowl add the corn starch and the sugar.
  3. Mix the 2 ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the egg yolks and whisk (with a balloon whisk) until the mixture becomes yellow pale.
  5. Pour the cream and whisk again.
  6. Finally, pour the milk and whisk.
  7. Pour the mixture into a pot and cook on a medium heat.
  8. Whisk until the cream becomes thick (you can see small bubbles).
  9. Remove from the heat.
  10. Pour the mixture into the pan and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  11. Remove from the fridge and bake at 180C for 45 minutes (maybe more or less).
  12. Remove from the oven when the top is brown.
  13. Allow cooling all the night in the fridge for a better texture.

This sweet dessert is simple to make, the texture is thick and smooth at the same time. I like the texture of the skin on the top of the Flan!

Bonne dégustation!

PS: In this recipe, Christophe Michalak used a cake ring, I used a cake pan.

63 Comments Add yours

  1. Jhuls says:

    Wow! This seems like a magic flan, Linda. I’m afraid with ‘grams’ measurement as I failed twice when I used grams (my scale is not digital). I think I should invest in one soon and I will remember this heavenly recipe of yours. 😀

    And for the second time I will tell you that I love the plates. 😀 Have a wonderful week.

    1. It is a magic flan, Jhuls 😀 Delicious and super yummy. I’m sorry about the measurements, I send you this link to convince you to make my flan (http://simply-delicious-food.com/2014/03/26/conversion-chart) 😀
      Have a wonderful week ❤

      1. Jhuls says:

        Aww… thank you, Linda. I should start converting and gather my confidence to make this soon. Could I used the regular baking pan?

      2. Yes Jhuls, you can use a regular baking pan (23cm, is a perfect size for this flan) 😉

  2. Looks absolutely inviting. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Aruna 🙂

  3. Gorgeous Linda, it looks as light as air and so delicious.

    1. Suzanne, when I baked the first time this flan without the crust I was curious to see the result and finally the flan tastes very unctuous and so light 🙂

  4. Arielle says:

    It looks so divine! ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Arielle 🙂

  5. andy says:

    looks delectable ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Andy ❤

  6. Ginger says:

    This looks so amazing – I like your take on it to leave out the pastry. I love the rays of sunshine, haven’t seen that in a while 😦

    1. Thank you, Ginger 🙂 This recipe is more unctuous than the one with the crust. I send you some rays of sunshine 🙂

  7. crendina says:

    wow, this is so inviting! also my scale is not digital and sometimes is a problem 😦

    1. Thank you very much, Crendina 🙂 If you like to try recipes with grams and ml, I send you this helpful link (http://simply-delicious-food.com/2014/03/26/conversion-chart).

  8. Nancy says:

    It appears you were successful in making this without the crust, Linda. I imagine the flan is creamy, light and yummy…looks wonderful. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised by the texture of the flan, really delicious. I decided to do this recipe more often 😉 Have a nice week 🙂

  9. chefjulianna says:

    Oh, this is just gorgeous! I love this dessert so much! 😀

    1. Thank you very much, Julianna 🙂

  10. acasadisimi says:


    1. Thank you so much, Simi 🙂

  11. This looks so good! I have to give this a try.

    1. Thank you, Julie 🙂 It is good, I would love to hear your feedback!

  12. Tracy says:

    Better late than never! And girl, with this flan, you could have showed up a month later and you’d be welcomed with open arms! Heck, you’d probably be welcome with open arms at a strangers party with this gorgeous flan! ;D

    1. Thank you so much Tracy, you just made my day with this nice comment 🙂 The texture is nice and eaten cold was so good. Thank you for co-hosting this week Fiesta Friday 😉

  13. Looks so delicious Linda! You are such a great cook! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Indu 🙂 Have a nice week!

  14. Lynda says:

    It’s amazing how you turn 5 little ingredients into something so delicious and beautiful!

    1. Thank you very much Lynda 🙂 This flan is very tasty ans so simple to make!

  15. Raphaelle says:

    Et je deviens nostalgique… 😉

  16. Your flan looks so good especially in your last picture. Good photos Linda 🙂

    1. It was good and very tasty Judi 😉

  17. skd says:

    This flan looks amazing Linda 🙂 The pictures are so tempting….

    1. Thank you so much SKD 🙂 It was very yummy 😉

  18. ostriche says:

    Absolutely lovely!

    1. Thank you Ostriche 🙂

  19. What a gorgeous flan Linda! Looks so smooth & wonderful!

    1. Thank you Naina 🙂 It was so good and so simple to prepare!

  20. milkandbun says:

    The flan looks so light and absolutely delicious, Linda! And I like recipes, that bring lots of happy memories! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Mila 🙂 It was deliciosious!

  21. flippenblog says:

    Oh man! This is what I like. Will save this one to make thanks!

    1. Thank you, flippenblog and you’re welcome 🙂

  22. platedujour says:

    It looks delicious Linda. Flan is my boyfriend’s favourite! Im very tempted to try this recipe because we usually buy it, but it would be nice to be able to do it at home. Linda keep your fingers crossed- tomorrow second round for me!! Hugs xx

    1. This flan is so satisfying, the texture is smooth. I wasn’t disappointed at all with this recipe, with just a few ingredients. I hope you did very well with your second round, Marta xxx

  23. Linda, This is so~ gorgeous that I an so~ going to make this in the next few days! Yum!

    1. Thank you, Fae 🙂 It is a very soft and unctuous flan!

  24. wow this is such a beautiful and gourmet dessert!

    1. Thank you very much 🙂

  25. Congrats, Linda! And thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Thank you, Antonio 🙂 Have a great day!

  26. Wow, this looks amazing!

    1. Thank you, Sarah 🙂

  27. Wow!!! Perfect for the festive season! Thank you for sharing! XX

    1. You’re welcome, Serena 🙂 Have a great day XX

  28. J’imagine que laisser un commentaire en français est beaucoup plus approprié, vu que on parle de flan parisien! Ce gâteau, pardon, flan 🙂 a l’air vraiment gourmand! J’aime l’idée de l’essayer sans pâte! Je vais noter ta recette!

    1. Merci Margherita 😀 je suis bien plus bavarde en français qu’en anglais. J’étais un peu scpetique quand j’ai vu la recette de Cristophe Michalak (que j’admire beaucoup d’ailleurs), comment obtenir un si beau flan sans pâte sablée (je prépare toujours mon flan avec une pâte sablée). J’ai été agréablement surprise par la texture et la douceur de ce flan. Conclusion une réussite totale, même sans le verser dans un ‘cake ring’.
      Passe une belle fin de semaine 😉

  29. This looks amazing Linda! I love that it only has 5 ingredients and comes out of the oven looking so picture perfect. Off to the kitchen in the next couple of days to give this a try! 🙂

  30. safia-safou says:

    il a l’aire délicieux ya3tik essaha ;D

  31. goodyblogger says:

    Looks lovely! The skin on the top reminds me of portuguese custard tarts, Pasteis de Belém, something I really must try making soon 🙂 love the idea of ditching the crust.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 I never tried Pasteis de Belém but I’m sure they taste amazing. Have a nice weekend!

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