Leche flan became Giselle Krachenfels’ favorite dessert both because it was delicious and because it connected her with Filipino culture. Having mixed heritage, Giselle felt the need to prove her Filipino identity and leche flan became a way to do just that. Except that she couldn’t get the recipe right. This is a story about how one dessert helped three generations of women navigate new surroundings and a sense of self.
If you’re hungry for more of this story, you can read the original essay “The Leche Flan That Helped 3 Generations of Women Find Their Way,” published by Food52.