For our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela, we tried a sweet treat from the Another Trip Around the World book called Quesillo (Little Cheesecake). It’s really more like a flan than a cheesecake, and it might help to know that before you start so you’re not surprised by the result. Are you ready?



  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/8 c. water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened, condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 8×8 baking dish add sugar and water. Place pan in oven until boiling. Do not brown! Tilt the pan to coat.

Step 2: Next add remaining ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.


Step 3: Pour blended mixture into caramelized pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until top crust is browned.


Step 4: Don’t panic if it looks like this. The sugar layer on the bottom will rise to the top creating a crystalized crust on top.


Step 5: Let cool slightly then serve warm.

What did we think? It tasted good, creamy with the crunchy top layer. Everyone except our preschooler liked it.

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  1. Actually, you are supposed to let it cool, then chill it in the fridge for 3-4 hours before serving. To serve, you invert it onto a serving dish. I think you will find it very delicious this way. I grew up in Venezuela and that is how everyone I knew ate it. I found a link to the recipe for you. This is fancier than my Mom made it. I am making it tonight, but hers is a smaller version that requires 4 eggs and a small can of sweetened condensed milk, so I was online checking to see how many ounces that is. Take Care, Laurie


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