Butternut Squash Flan Recipe

Butternut Squash Flan also known as Flan de Calabaza is a delicious treat and a typical dessert from Cuba.


  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp allspice 
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 6 eggs 
  • 1 cup half & half 
  • 1 cup whipping cream 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. In a pot bring the sugar and water to a boil – sugar & water, stirring constantly.
  2. Once the sugar water is boiling allow it to boil, without stirring, until you have a golden brown syrup
  3. Place a quiche dish in the oven to warm it up
  4. When it is warm, pour syrup into quiche dish - be sure coat evenly
  5. Beat remaining ingredients (EXCEPT the creams) until well blended.
  6. When ingredients are well blended, THEN beat in creams
  7. Pour the mixture over the syrup in quiche dish
  8. Place dish in shallow roasting pan with very hot water in it, make sure water doesn’t overflow
  9. Place roasting pan with water and flan in oven
  10. Bake 60 – 75 minutes or untile knife inserted center comes out clean
  11. Remove dish from water; cool 15 minutes then chill in fridge 3 hours

To serve:

  1. Loosen sides of flan from dish and then place a serving tray on top of flan
  2. CAREFULLY turn upside down, holding the serving tray in place until fully rotated
  3. Once it is sitting upside down, gently pull dish off and serve