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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.
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.