Beloved Disney Chef Shares Must-Have Recipe

Mother's Spanish Flan from Jose Andres

Calling all Disney foodies! The ever-so-talented chef JosĂ© AndrĂ©s from Disney Springs popular Jaleo restaurant is sharing a special family recipe. Let’s dig in!

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Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, a special birthday celebration, or just a regular Tuesday, there is something special about creating a traditional family recipe. Here’s your chance to create a delicious Spanish Flan straight from the recipe box of celebrated chef JosĂ© AndrĂ©s’ mother, Marisa

Spanish Flan

This traditional delicacy, combining custard and caramel, is a creamy sweet treat that will impress your loved ones without having to pull too hard on the purse strings. For those in cities with a Jaleo by JosĂ© AndrĂ©s restaurant, Guests can enjoy the classic Spanish custard in a more dynamic form, as it is served with ‘espuma’ (Spanish for foam) of Catalan cream, plus a variety of tasty Spanish tapas. See the full recipe and preparation details below.

“My Mother’s Flan” Recipe by JosĂ© AndrĂ©s

My Mother’s Flan Recipe by JosĂ© AndrĂ©s
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Flan al estilo de mi madre (Spanish flan in my mother’s style) –  Serves 6


  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar 2 large eggs
    1 cup heavy cream
    1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Orange segments (optional) Whipped cream (optional) Fresh mint (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

To make the caramel, put 1/4 cup of the sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and add two tablespoons of water. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, occasionally brushing down sides of the pan with a brush to prevent burning. Increase the heat and boil the syrup, stirring and swirling the pan, and you’ll see the caramel turning a light brown color. Continue to cook for five minutes until it becomes a dark amber color. Keep an eye on the caramel as it cooks — you don’t want it to burn. Working quickly, pour the caramel into six ramekins, coating the bottoms evenly. Set aside to let cool and harden.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar and eggs. Pour in the cream, half-and-half and vanilla and whisk together gently so as not to incorporate air and over mix. Let the mixture sit until the sugar dissolves. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl with a lip or a pitcher. Set the caramel coated ramekins in a roasting pan lined with a kitchen towel and divide the custard evenly among the cups. Carefully fill the pan with hot water to reach a little more than the middle of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil, crimping to seal and carefully place the pan in the pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the pan and cook until the custard is set but its center still jiggles when the dish is nudged, add another 20-25 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, uncover and let the custard cool in the pan for about 30 minutes. Transfer ramekins to a plate to cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Let the custards stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. To serve, gently run a thin knife around the inside of the ramekin to loosen the flan. Cover with a plate and invert the ramekin onto the plate and allow the custard to come loose onto the plate. The caramel will pool around the flan. Garnish with orange segments, whipped cream and fresh mint, if you like.

More About Jaleo at Disney Springs

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Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant located in Disney Springs, which is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The restaurant is run by celebrity chef José Andrés, who is known for his innovative Spanish cuisine and commitment to social causes.

Jaleo offers a menu of traditional Spanish dishes with a modern twist, such as tapas, paella, grilled meats and seafood, and a selection of Spanish wines and cocktails. The restaurant’s lively and colorful atmosphere, inspired by the vibrant culture of Spain, is a popular spot for families, couples, and groups of friends.

One of the unique features of Jaleo is its paella-making station, where Guests can watch the chefs prepare the famous Spanish rice dish in large pans over an open flame. The restaurant also has a dedicated gin and tonic bar, which serves a variety of gin and tonic combinations, a popular drink in Spain.

Be sure to make dining reservations at Jaleo for your next Disney vacation. Happy dining, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.