Messy Recipe & Chance to Win an LG Oven Range!

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Kids + messy recipes + clean ovens don’t go together very often. My boys love to help me cook and want to participate in the entire process but no matter the recipe it seems to end up a mess! I have a messy recipe for you today that the boys like to help make but that leaves my oven (and kitchen) less than desirable. It’s definitely worth it though!

Living in the Southwest we eat a TON of Mexican food (ok we’d eat tons of Mexican food no matter where we lived) and this dessert finishes off a Mexican feast perfectly.


  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 14oz can of condensed sweetened milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350ºF

In a small saucepan place the sugar with a bit of water (you’re going to make caramel) heat on medium – medium high constantly stirring (sugar burns easily) until a caramel forms (once it starts boiling you can lift the pan to just above the heating element to reduce burning risk). Remove immediately from heat.

Poor into a 1.5qt casserole dish or 9″ cake pan and swirl to coat the bottom – set aside.

In a blender combine the rest of the ingredients and blend on medium/high for about a minute (don’t let it get too frothy)

Pour over caramel until it just reaches the top of the pan (can you see how this recipe gets messy?!)

Place cake pan into another larger pan and slide into the oven. Add HOT water to the 2nd pan (about an inch or so)

Bake for 50-60 minutes until set. It will still be jiggly but not watery. Remove the flan pan from the hot water and let cool a bit. Invert onto serving dish and enjoy warm or cold (we like it cold!) you can spoon some of the extra caramel on top to make it extra sweet!


(the mess comes from the inevitable spilling of the flan, getting the water into the pan, and getting everything OUT of the oven!)

 So good!

I’ll just leave the cleaning to my husband I think 😉 OR I could get an LG EasyClean™ Double Oven Range that allows you to clean your oven in minutes! Oven cleaning definitely gets put to the back of the list around here and builds up making cleaning it take FOREVER. I’d love a quick, easy way to clean up our messy recipes so that we can get on with more important things of the day, like swimming!

I love simple solutions to issues that take away from family time like this and the LG EasyClean™ Oven is definitely one of them!

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Guess what?! In addition to making our lives easier LG wants to give away an LG EasyClean™ Double Oven Range. No that is not a typo!

Just answer the question “What is YOUR favorite recipe that leaves your oven messy?”


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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. Stephanie Larison Reply

    Lasagna, there's always spaghetti sauce splattering all over.

  2. Wanda McHenry Reply

    Lasagna! The classic boil over, I over do it on the sauce and cheese every time!

  3. Baked macaroni and cheese – the gooey cheese always tends to melt over and make a mess.

  4. Whenever I roast a turkey the grease spatters all over my oven leaving it a mess!

  5. Grease goes everywhere when we broil our blue cheese sliders with onion straws. It's so messy, but so worth it!

  6. alison hoeh Reply

    the messiest thing that i've made in my oven was when i roasted a pumpkin and the pyrex dish exploded! we were scraping glass off the top of the oven for hours!

  7. Fruit pies or rice pudding. I've had both bubble over all over the oven!

  8. Messiest is when we make cheesecake. Our springform pans leak! It's totally worth it though.

  9. I like crispy pizza and often put it directly on the oven rack to bake–but it is messy!

  10. My kids love to help out in the kitchen too. And yes, things always ended up a mess! hahaha…but we always have fun. My favorite recipe that leave the oven messy is the red sauce cheesy pasta bake. Real good…with real mess! hahaha… I need this LG oven!

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