I love flan, it's just so sweet and caramelly, yum! Here's the recipe I used that I got from my mom:
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 cups milk
-3/4 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm 1/3 cup sugar until it starts to melt and become runny (don't be afraid if there are a few leftover lumps of sugar, those will melt in the oven). Pour caramel into a 9" round glass pie dish (or other pan if you prefer) and coat as much as possible before it begins to crystallize.
In a large bowl, stir 1/2 cup sugar into eggs slowly. On the stovetop, steep the cinnamon stick in the milk and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and add the hot milk to the eggs and sugar and add the vanilla (I used the Mexican vanilla I got on my vacation, yay!). Pour mixture into prepared dish. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean (I'll admit, mine need to cook a bit longer). Another note: you might want to bake yours in a bain marie (water bath, about a half inch of water on a cookie sheet) to ensure even heating.
Once done baking, let cool in your fridge for about 6 hours or until it's nice and Jell-o like. To remove from pan, take a nice and sliced around the outer edges, place a plate on top of the dish and carefully flip over. Pour whatever caramel is leftover in the dish on top of the flan, and garnish as you like.
I'll admit, mine turned out a bit on the eggy side. I think I may have beaten the hell out of my eggs too much before baking, because I could really taste the eggs. I'm not used to making flan without sweetened condensed milk, so maybe I'll go back to that. Also, I won't use fat free milk next time either. Whole milk would have worked out much better, but overall, it was still a nice sweet treat after dinner. The caramel came out lovely, I could drink that stuff!!
Thanks for reading, folks!