26 Jan2009


Fried Leche Flan! Egads, a more heart-stopping dessert or snack, literally or figuratively, I cannot imagine. Jun, a reader, left a comment on an earlier post on leche flan that I should try this suggested use for extra leche flan – fry it. It turns out I have the exact same Culinaria Spain book he was quoting so I went in search of this outrageous sounding dessert. Here it is. Take chilled slices of leche flan. Dredge in a beaten egg, then dip in crushed rosquillos crumbs (the original recipe calls for white bread crumbs) and fry in butter until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve as is, which is deadly enough on its own, or sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon…


OMIGOD. Deadly. Delicious but deadly. I only had 1/2 of one piece and I will probably never have this again unless I wanted to cause heart failure personally or for dinner guests. But if your cholesterol count is low, and you love leche flan, and frying things in butter, and sugar and cinnamon, this is a must try treat for you! Considering that I am just at this precise moment doing the taste tests for Round 2 of Battle Leche Flan, I think it’s time for a green salad for breakfast… :)



  1. toping says:

    Hahaha, the things you do for your blog!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 9:31 am


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  3. Mila says:

    Oh, that looks divine! I wouldn’t have thought the soft creamy slices of leche flan would stand up to frying, but I guess it works just like a soft tofu would when making agedashi tofu or tofu steaks. Not that tofu is anywhere as sinfully delicious as leche flan!
    Here’s taking it to the next level – dip the frita into hot chocolate!!!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 9:34 am

  4. kareninyshka says:

    Wow! That looks really good.. Hmm.. I’m going to eat light this week and have that for the weekend!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:01 am

  5. Queen B says:

    I’ll just have to be content at looking at your photos MM. It doesn’t fit our diet at the moment :D Maybe, just maybe in the future I will…

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:35 am

  6. sister says:

    I saw this recipe a while ago… all I can say is if your leche flan is tough enough to fry you better go back to the drawing board and leche flan trial #3.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 11:16 am

  7. Tugashaligi says:

    This is not cool. I at least want to live long enough to have grand kids :)

    Jan 26, 2009 | 11:28 am

  8. lyna says:

    DOuble deadly!!! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 11:34 am

  9. Mikey says:

    I remember the Cream Fritters recipe in Laura Esquivel’s novel “Like Water For Chocolate” that’s very similar to this one.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 12:16 pm

  10. VIRG says:

    Or how about drizzling with dark and white chocolate, powdered sugar, fresh whipped cream with a cherry on top!!! BAM!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 12:22 pm

  11. VIRG says:

    Oh don’t forget the crushed walnuts!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 12:23 pm

  12. VIRG says:

    …and ube or macapuno!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 12:23 pm

  13. staraguilar says:

    saffron in the leche flan as flavoring, then frying it – very spanish. (saw it at top chef, cooking competition)

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:11 pm

  14. chris says:

    omg, mila, dipping the fried leche flan in chocolate??? that’s strike three!!! hahaha, lovingly kill someone you hate by giving him/her this dish… bad.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:18 pm

  15. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Hmmmmmm…..I remember doing the same thing (deep frying) with creme patisserie (pastry cream). Delicioso!!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:19 pm

  16. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Or should I say Deadly-cioso….hehehe

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:19 pm

  17. betty q. says:

    If you must really have “deep-fried custard”,MM next time, try Ken Hom’s version…not as deadly, heart stopping as the one above but equally good.

    Anyone from HK tried that before…deep-fried milk?

    I omitted the Smithfield ham from his recipe and subbed it with langka…

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

  18. Urban Vampire says:

    Wow. I think I will need to be content with just looking. Well, at least now I know there is such a thing as leche-fry!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:43 pm

  19. Mimi says:

    of the 3 llaneras of leche flan i made a few days back, i probably just had 6 tablespoons total, enough to make me feel that i’ve eaten my quota for the month. this fried leche flan sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen. good luck to all those tasters!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:49 pm

  20. eej says:

    Akin to boardwalk or carnival staple deep fried Twinkies. Sorry, I’m too scared to try it and it’s way too rich for my taste.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 1:59 pm

  21. psychopompos says:

    hello MM and well met. since you are on the subject of frying goodies, any thoughts on breaded and deep-fried cheese sticks or have i missed a previous post? come to think of it, how would the different varieties of cheese stand up to deep-frying? “bahala patay, basta patong sa kalamay!”

    my deepest apologies for the gross delay, i haven’t done much cooking, if any at all, since…well, you know.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 2:06 pm

  22. SimplePleasure says:

    this look soooo goood!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 2:13 pm

  23. Angela says:

    Good grief!! Are you serious?!?!?

    Jan 26, 2009 | 2:42 pm

  24. Lee says:

    And the Marketman did it…

    If I am sentenced to die by electrocution, lethal injection, quartering by horses, trampling by elephants, firing squad… I will definitely have this as my ultimate dessert.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 4:11 pm

  25. Jun says:

    you will only die once so you might as well try it :). Thanks MM for trying it and YES I will definitely make this one….

    Jan 26, 2009 | 4:57 pm

  26. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Really deadly..fried leche flan..haha are you serious!!??

    Jan 26, 2009 | 5:35 pm

  27. cai says:

    Instead of Leche Flan, try Milky way or Snickers bar..yay!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 5:50 pm

  28. smiles4angels says:

    wow! that’s a different one. will try that when I go home :)

    Jan 26, 2009 | 6:37 pm

  29. siegrez says:

    never tried fried leche flan but it sure does look delicious MM…

    Jan 26, 2009 | 7:43 pm

  30. chrisb says:

    Whoah! That’s wicked. Keller has a fried pastry cream thing that I imagine is much, much lighter than that. Was the center still cold after deep frying? That’ll be heaven: cold custardy center + hot crispy crust !

    Jan 26, 2009 | 8:37 pm

  31. moni says:

    MM, your fried leche flan looks like fried mozzarella sticks.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 9:21 pm

  32. millet says:

    what, no chocolate sauce on top? or butterscotch sauce?

    i would imagine this fried version is possible only with the firm kind, not the quivery-soft type?

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:07 pm

  33. zarina says:

    MM, looking at your leche flans made me crave for dessert so after work last friday I hurried to pick up my son and went downtown Toronto for dessert.

    This leche flan le frita is making me crave for more dessert today..hmmm see what I can find here at work.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:55 pm

  34. Christina says:

    lol @ the “leche-fry”.

    Q: What’s better than leche flan?
    A: Leche FRY!

    Oh god. Yes yes yes to dipping it in chocolate. Jesuchristo.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 11:41 pm

  35. Mangaranon says:

    I love leche frita!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 11:50 pm

  36. Katrina says:

    “if your cholesterol count is low, and you love leche flan, and frying things in butter, and sugar and cinnamon”

    I doubt if my cholesterol count’s low, but I do love all those other things and I so want to taste this dessert! And yes, Mila, might as well go all the way and dip it in hot chocolate! I’ve gotta remember that the next time we have leche flan at home.

    Filo’s at the Fort (now closed, too bad) had a leche flan turon. I think it’s a brilliant idea, but they didn’t execute it as well as possible. The turons were too thin and small, so I couldn’t fully appreciate the leche flan inside. I was expecting them to be the size of regular turon, so that I could get that contrast between the crunchy, caramelly wrapper against the soft custard. But they made them the size of those little cheese lumpias, so although I could taste the leche flan, I didn’t get the textural play. Maybe this could be your next leche flan experiment, MM? :-D

    Jan 27, 2009 | 1:04 am

  37. Maki says:

    OMG.. this thing is soooo tempting.. i love to try this stuff

    Jan 27, 2009 | 2:17 am

  38. Maria Clara says:

    Any fried food is good! With these golden nuggets fried in butter I totally believe you. It is excellent and I want a full blast of the leche frita I want mine sitting on a bed of dulce de leche drizzled with caramel, assorted berries compote and good vanilla ice cream on the side and a cup of good green tea.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 3:00 am

  39. Egret JAne says:

    wow… i never thought leche flan can be must away of deliciously good more tasting dessert… i will try this… :)

    Jan 27, 2009 | 8:46 am

  40. zamboanga girl says:

    my mom makes great leche flan. but i don’t think i can slice and fry her version.

    also, your flan has holes (second picture). normally, that isn’t desirable.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 12:57 pm

  41. Junie says:

    Wow. Fried Heart Attack on a Plate. Lovely. But if this is the price of a (deliciously) vicarious thrill, then so be it.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 2:50 pm

  42. Marketman says:

    zamboanga girl, you are right, she must make a fresh milk version because I wouldn’t attempt this fried thingee with a nice soft creamy version of flan…

    Jan 27, 2009 | 4:32 pm

  43. grace says:

    this looks amazing!! i’m drooling all over the keyboard!

    Jan 27, 2009 | 4:33 pm

  44. mayums says:

    egg dessert + more eggs. i don’t know if i should say “wow” or “yikes”! but definitely want to try this. and the leche flan turon mentioned in the comments.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 4:47 pm

  45. mike says:

    saw this recipe in Gene Gonzales’ book…

    Jan 27, 2009 | 8:50 pm

  46. joey says:

    This looks heavenly! I would have definitely eaten more than half ;)

    I used to love the leche frita served in a Spanish/Basque restaurant in NY (the restaurant was called Marichu). The filling wasn’t as rich as leche flan…more like a light milk custard…I’m sure you’d love it!

    Jan 27, 2009 | 10:09 pm

  47. BD says:

    Just wondering what if rice starch is used instead of crumbs? Any idea of what the shelf life is? It could be great for afternoon tea os something.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 10:27 pm

  48. mardie c",) says:

    killing me softly indeed. i can only imagine the cardiologist thinking, “cha-ching!”.

    Jan 28, 2009 | 1:10 am

  49. Patrick says:

    I think I just had an arrhythmia from reading that. I’ll be sure to try this and if I end up shuffling off this mortal coil at least I’d have gone satisfied!

    Jan 28, 2009 | 2:48 am

  50. Good Life says:

    Oh guys, it’s just flan, think about your fried chicken, rib eye steak , doughnuts and all the heart stopping food we eat all day.Just think moderation, maybe every 3 months interval.
    Looks good and yummy

    Jan 28, 2009 | 7:12 am

  51. Pete says:

    I think the best way to eat this is with cream cheese on top…imagine the explosion in your mouth….

    Jan 28, 2009 | 3:58 pm

  52. Shapine says:

    I tried wrapping the flan with malagkit naman(yung pang ginatan) added some mangoes and fried it. added a bit coconut milk and brown sugar. Served with 1 calcibloc din ehehehe

    Jan 28, 2009 | 4:56 pm

  53. Belli's Silly Mama says:

    There’s this restaurant in the teacher’s village called Henrys that serves turron con leche with vanila ice cream. Its basically a fried leche flan lumpia ala mode. Yum Yum!

    Jan 28, 2009 | 5:31 pm

  54. lee says:

    the best way to eat this is with a prayer

    Jan 28, 2009 | 9:06 pm

  55. iya says:

    haha i agree with lee!

    but then again, life is too short to resist this. :p

    Jan 29, 2009 | 11:17 am

  56. jun says:

    Too bad the leche plan that I just make from MM recipe was totally extinguished by our guest and family. I have to make another batch to try this leche frita.

    Jan 30, 2009 | 10:31 am

  57. erbie says:

    dipping the frita into chocolate would be harakiri.hehe.looks rather sinfully delish!Good one…

    Jan 30, 2009 | 11:55 am

  58. solraya says:

    Grabe….I didn’t even have to read to react. Just the picture and first lines said it all.

    Jan 30, 2009 | 4:47 pm

  59. peanutbeanma says:

    parang my heart stopped literally when i realized what the photo was….bring on the calciblocks, lipitor etc.etc and friends….
    and speaking of leche flan, i had some recently wherein the lady made it using an ice cream gallon can as the llanera!! – it was either selecta or is it arce? it was a tin ice cream can. hahahaha apparently alot of people do this? i thought it was hilarious and very creative – especially to someone like me who finds making leche flan tedious – but i love eating it!

    Apr 27, 2009 | 12:51 am

  60. abbyaragon says:

    I watch janice de belen Spoon on Net25 , and I was thrilled to know that you can actually make the leche flan as a filling for the traditional turon …. I have tried it and been looking for other presentation not until I opened http://www.marketmanila that you can actually fry it…. its innovative yet deadly and sinfully masarap he he he

    May 6, 2009 | 4:15 pm

  61. nina custodio says:

    ooohh this looks sooo good!! i will try it tomorrow!! :P

    May 14, 2009 | 10:08 pm

  62. nina custodio says:

    ITS SO GOOD!! i just tried it thirty minutes ago!! very addicting!! hehehe. am thinking of serving it with blueberry ice cream for a dinner party im throwing! :)

    May 15, 2009 | 9:35 pm

  63. patricia says:

    I can imagine how good this must be!!!I will try it and give a feedback!I love love love your blog!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 8:59 pm

  64. Ems says:

    I SO have to try this!!!

    Aug 1, 2009 | 11:42 pm


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