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Pineapple flan {Flan de piña}

This is my recipe for pineapple flan, also known as flan de piña or queso de piña – a custard like dessert made with fresh pineapple juice, sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and rum.

Flan de piña or pineapple flan

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I enjoy a good flan every now and then, but if it were up to Nicolas we would eat flan every day. I also like to have a change from the classic vanilla flan and add different flavors to the flans. In Ecuador, especially on the coast, it is very common to find flans made with pineapple, coconut, mango, or other fruit. I’ve mentioned before that when I’m cooking for friends I like to make desserts that are relatively low maintenance and that can be made ahead so that I can focus on the appetizers and main meal; flan definitely falls into this category.

Pineapple flan or queso de piña

I used freshly made pure pineapple juice for this flan, you have to strain it and then let the foam rise to the top and remove the foam, but if you are in a hurry you can substitute with a good quality store bought pineapple juice, though you might want to reduce the amount of sugar for the flan if the store bought juice already has sugar. I used whole milk for this pineapple flan because I was out of evaporated milk and it worked just fine.

Flan de piña or pineapple flan

Whenever we made any type of flan with my high school friends we always used evaporated milk or condensed milk or a mix of both, I’m not sure why but a lot of Latin American desserts use them. We were talking about this with some friends from Mexico the other day and our guess was that it has something to do with marketing by a certain large Swiss food product company combined with the fact that not even a decade ago refrigerators were luxury items in many places so many dairy products are sold in cans and sealed bags. This recipe makes about 10 small individual flans, you can also use a large flan mold as well, just increase the cooking time.

Pineaple flan recipe
Flan de pina or pineapple flan

Flan de piña or pineapple flan

Pineapple flan, also known as flan de piña or queso de piña, is a custard like dessert made with fresh pineapple juice, sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and rum.
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Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Caribbean, Ecuadorian, Latin American, Mexican, South American
Keyword: Flan, Latin style custard, Pineapple, Pineapple flan, Queso de piña
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Refrigeration time: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 2 cups sugar 1 cup for caramel and 1 cup for the flan
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 ½ cups pure fresh pineapple juice strained and foam removed, from 1 pineapple
  • 1 tbs tapioca starch – can also use corn starch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs rum
  • 10 buttered oven proof ramekins or flan molds
  • Large oven proof dish filled with water

Caramelized pineapple slices

  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh pineapple slices


  • To make the caramel, bring 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of water to a boil over medium heat and boil until it gets a deep amber color, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour the hot caramel into the previously buttered flan molds or ramekins and try to distribute it evenly on the bottom of the molds.
  • Combine the pineapple juice with the sugar and tapioca starch in a small saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil, keep an eye on it as it is prone to boil over, let simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5-8 minutes, remove and cool completely.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F
  • Beat the eggs on low speed; slowly mix in the pineapple mixture, the milk, the vanilla, and the rum until well combined
  • Strain the flan mixture and pour into the caramel coated molds.
  • Place the flan molds in the oven dish with water – the water should cover at least ½ of the height of the ramekins – and bake until the flans solidify, about 45-50 minutes.
  • Let the flans cool completely, then refrigerate for a couple of hour.
  • To help release the flans place the ramekins in a bowl with warm water before serving to melt the caramel and loosen the flan.
  • Serve alone or accompanied by fresh berries or with caramelized pineapple slices

Caramelized pineapple slices

  • Pour a spoonful of brown sugar over a pineapple slice and place under the broiler until the sugar begins to bubble and caramelize.

Step by step preparation photos for pineapple flan

Flan recipe
Pineapple flan custard

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  1. This is a really awesome recipe!!! I had to make flan for spanish class and four kids ended up making flan, too! But mine definitely won for best taste, I went home with an empty dish! The pictures made it really easy to follow and delicious despite not including the rum and pineapple slices. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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  3. My goodness!
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    I have been browsing for a flan de coco or flan de piña recipe and I came across your pictures on Google, I click and it linked me here to your very well organized and presented blog, Thank you for sharing this great recipes and the easy to follow steps, I will definitely be making this flan for a baby shower this weekend :)
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  4. Loved the pictures! Really stood out from all the recipes I was looking at and made me trust this one amongst the rest.

    I put the ramekins in the oven just a few minutes ago! =D

    (However, I forgot to let the pineapple/starch/sugar cool completely, therefore I don’t think it thickened as well as it was supposed to. Will this effect the outcome at all?)

    My father’s birthday is tomorrow and he’s a huge fan of flan, so this really helped me out!
    Thank you so much!

  5. Hola, Layla!

    I only found your website a few days ago, and already I am a huge fan. Your writing and photography are exceptionally talented. You mention in your personal info section that you may have some grammar mistakes since English is your second language, but I have found that your grammar and spelling is much better than many of us who are native speakers. Bravo, and I really appreciate you sharing your talents, knowledge and skill with us!

    I made your Empanadas Mendocinas for dinner tonight, and they were outstanding. I have two more meals in the freezer for my husband and myself, and I’m hoping the convenience of that and their deliciousness will help me get over the time investment in your glorious recipe, and put me in the mood to make them again soon. They are truly a labor of love, at least for a first-timer like me.

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  6. Great presentation! I do a lot of entertaining and will definitely impress my guests with this recipe. Thank you for posting it!

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