“Friend, let me introduce you to a little something I know you’ll love – my Orange-Coffee Flan recipe. This classic Latin American dessert gets a pleasant nudge of bitterness from instant espresso powder and a rich, deep flavor from cinnamon and orange zest. Believe me when I say this flan is like no other you’ve ever tasted before.
But before we dive into the recipe, let me tell you why you’re going to fall in love with it. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it also looks stunning when plated. The silky-smooth texture of the custard pairs perfectly with the caramelized orange on top. Plus, you can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until ready to serve.
Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert for your next dinner party or just craving something sweet, this Orange-Coffee Flan recipe is sure to hit the spot.”
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you ready for a flavor explosion in your mouth? Look no further, because this Orange-Coffee Flan recipe is here to impress your taste buds. I know what you’re thinking – coffee and orange? These two very different flavors can’t possibly work together. But trust me, they do, and it’s a match made in heaven.
What’s not to love about this creamy and luscious dessert? The combination of sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, and eggs create a smooth and silky texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. And the addition of instant espresso powder gives it a subtle kick of coffee flavor that’s just enough to tantalize your senses without overwhelming them.
But the real star of the show here is the orange zest. It gives the flan a refreshing burst of citrusy flavor that perfectly balances out the richness of the custard. The zest is thinly sliced and finely grated so that every spoonful packs a punch of zestiness that will make your taste buds sing.
And let’s not forget about the caramelized sugar syrup that tops off this decadent dessert. As soon as you take a bite, the sweetness from the caramelized sugar combines with the bitterness from the instant espresso powder and orange zest to create a divine explosion of flavors in your mouth.
This flan recipe takes a classic Latin American dessert and gives it a pleasant nudge towards new and exciting flavors. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also easy to make and customize to fit your preferences. Whether you serve it at a dinner party or enjoy it on your own, this Orange-Coffee Flan is guaranteed to steal hearts and taste buds alike. So go ahead, give it a try – I promise you won’t regret it!
Here is a list of all ingredients you’ll need to make this delightful Orange-Coffee Flan Recipe:
For the flan:
- 4 cups of sugar (divided)
- 4 teaspoons of instant espresso powder
- 5 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of orange zest (finely grated)
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 3 14-ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
For the caramelized orange peel:
- Peel from two oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 wide strip of orange zest, pith removed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For serving (optional):
- Whipped cream
- Caramelized sugar
- Shaved chocolate
Gather all your ingredients and let’s start whipping up this fantastic recipe!
The Recipe How-To
This recipe yields a creamy and silky Orange-Coffee Flan, which is a delightful dessert that will make your taste buds dance. You can serve this flan for special occasions or just whenever you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s how to make it:
Step 1: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Ramekins
Preheat your oven to 325ºF. Start by boiling some water, which will be used later for the water bath. Next, get six 4-ounce ramekins and arrange them on a baking dish.
Step 2: Make the Caramel
In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium-high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until it turns amber in color. This should take around 10 minutes. Pour the caramel into the prepared ramekins, tilting them to coat the bottom evenly.
Step 3: Mix the Flan Batter
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup half-and-half, 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, 5 large eggs, 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, 2 teaspoons orange zest, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of kosher salt until well combined.
Step 4: Fill the Ramekins with the Flan Batter
Pour the flan batter into each caramel-coated ramekin, making sure that they are evenly filled.
Step 5: Bake in a Water Bath
Place the baking dish with the filled ramekins on an oven tray or roasting pan. Then pour hot water into the pan, coming halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Don’t worry if some water seeps into the ramekins; it won’t affect their texture.
Bake for about 45-50 minutes until set but still jiggly in the center when shaken gently. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
Step 6: Unmold and Serve!
Run a knife around each ramekin to loosen up the flan. Invert each one onto a serving plate or bowl so that the caramel sauce covers it entirely.
You’re done! Now enjoy your amazing Orange-Coffee Flan!
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to making this orange-coffee flan recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations that can be made based on your preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are some options:
– Substitute evaporated milk for half-and-half: If you don’t have half-and-half on hand, you can use evaporated milk instead. It will still give the flan its creamy texture.
– Use egg yolks instead of whole eggs: This recipe calls for using whole eggs, but if you prefer a richer custard, you can use only egg yolks instead.
– Swap orange juice for orange zest: If you don’t have fresh oranges available, you can substitute 1/4 cup of orange juice for the orange zest. The flavor won’t be as intense, but it’ll still provide a citrusy taste.
– Add chocolate: For a chocolate twist on this classic dessert, try adding 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the mix. You can also sprinkle chocolate chips on top before serving.
– Make it vegan: To make this flan recipe vegan-friendly, substitute the eggs with an alternative like silken tofu or aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas). You can also use coconut milk in place of the evaporated milk and condensed milk to achieve a similar texture and flavor.
Ultimately, the key is to experiment with different ingredients and find what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to get creative and personalize this recipe to your own tastes.
Serving and Pairing
You can serve this delectable coffee-flavored dessert in various ways, depending on your preference. You can indulge in it as a standalone dessert or pair it with delicious treats to elevate its flavors to another level.
For instance, serving the orange-coffee flan with a dollop of whipped cream over it and garnishing it with a caramelized orange peel, grated chocolate or some freshly peeled orange slices will enhance the dessert’s taste and aroma.
If you want to make your flan look more attractive and give your presentation an extra edge, serve it in ramekins or individual-sized jars. Top them off with extra toppings that complement the flavors – such as espresso powder or a hint of cinnamon – for added texture.
And although this flan recipe is undoubtedly rich and indulgent, pairing it with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee or tea will provide balance to your palate — something to temper its luxurious flavors.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something boozier, why not enjoy it by pairing it with a glass of Irish coffee, made with hot coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream?
Whether presented as an after-dinner treat or as a special dessert for events such as Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings — orange-coffee flan is suitable for any festive occasion!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Coffee flan is a dessert that can be made ahead of time and still maintain its creamy texture and delicious flavor. To make the most of this, I often prepare it a day before serving it. Once the coffee flan has cooled down, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight.
If you’re planning on storing your coffee flan for longer than 48 hours or need to transport it, I would suggest covering the dish with aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap. This will provide more protection against any potential damage that could occur while moving the dish.
When it comes time to reheat your coffee flan, you’ll want to take it out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes ahead of heating up. This will help temper it so that it is not too cold when reheated. You have two options for reheating: microwave or oven.
If using a microwave, cover the flan with plastic wrap and heat in short increments of 15-20 seconds. The plastic wrap will help trap moisture during the reheating process.
If using an oven, preheat to 325°F (165°C) and place the coffee flan dish in a larger baking dish. Add hot water to fill halfway up the sides of the dish containing the coffee flan. Carefully transfer to the oven and bake for around 10 minutes or until warmed through.
Either way, be sure not to overheat your coffee flan as this can compromise its delicate texture. Also, avoid reheating too many times as it may cause the flan to become tough and rubbery.
Overall, making a coffee flan is an enjoyable experience that yields exquisite results. With these tips for make-ahead, storing, and reheating your orange-coffee flan recipe, it’s guaranteed that this dessert will become a family-favorite recipe cherished by all.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you know how to create the perfect Orange-Coffee Flan, there are still some tips that can make your flan excellent every time. Here are a few tips for perfect results:
First, don’t overcook the flan. The key to a good flan is to cook it slowly and remove it from the oven before it becomes overcooked or dry. To do this, test the flan’s center with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, then the flan is ready.
Secondly, experiment with different substitutions and variations of ingredients. While this recipe already provides an excellent blend of flavors, changing up some of the ingredients can also make for an interesting twist on this classic dessert. Try using different types of milk or orange juice.
Thirdly, let the flan cool naturally outside of the oven for at least 10-15 minutes. This will allow it to reach room temperature and also helps prevent cracking.
Fourthly, use high-quality coffee powder for that perfect espresso flavor. For instance, ground espresso beans will yield a better taste than instant coffee granules, giving your dessert a rich and aromatic flavor.
Lastly, take your time while making the caramelized sugar for the topping. Make sure you watch closely as it can go from golden brown to burnt in seconds. Be patient and let the sugar dissolve by itself instead of stirring it, which can cause sugar crystals to form in the mixture.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a flawless and delicious Orange-Coffee Flan every time you whip up this fabulous dessert.
If you’re looking to wow your guests or just treat yourself, this recipe for Orange-Coffee Flan is sure to impress. With a perfect blend of the richness of coffee and the refreshing flavor of orange, it’s an excellent take on the classic Latin American dessert.
Don’t let the seemingly long ingredient list intimidate you. This recipe is easy to follow and requires only a little bit of patience. With a few tips and tricks to ensure perfect results, making this dessert will be like a piece of cake.
The Orange-Coffee Flan is so versatile that it makes a beautiful year-round dessert for parties, family gatherings or for enjoying on any occasion at home. The combination of orange zest and cinnamon give richness and deep flavor that goes well with any dish you can imagine.
Experiment with different variations such as chocolate-orange or pumpkin flan for an exciting twist. You can also try Vietnamese coffee or bánh flan recipes to add some cultural flare to your dessert menu.
In conclusion, if you love desserts, then you must try this Orange-Coffee Flan Recipe. It is a perfect balance between simple and luxurious ingredients, as well as taste and presentation, making it an irresistible treat for anyone who loves custard-like desserts. Whether you’re new to flan recipes or a seasoned pro, this one won’t disappoint!
Orange-Coffee Flan Recipe
- 3/4 cup sugar
- orange zest (1 wide strip, very thinly sliced)
- 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 5 large eggs
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 t ground cinnamon
- kosher salt
- Heat the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it begins to melt.
- Cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until deep amber, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the orange zest and cook 30 seconds.
- Pour into a 9-inch round cake pan tilt to coat.
- Let harden, about 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Dissolve the espresso powder in 1 T warm water in a large bowl.
- Whisk in the eggs.
- Add the sweetened condensed mil, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon and 1/8 t salt whisk until smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the cake pan.
- Loosely cover the cake pan with foil (do not let the foil touch the custard).
- Line a roasting pan with a kitchen towel and set the cake pan on top.
- Transfer to the oven and fill the roasting pan with hot water, about halfway up the side of the cake pan.
- Bake until the flan is set but still wobbly in the center, 1 hour, 30 minutes to 1 hour, 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the water bath, about 1 hour.
- Remove from the water, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours.
- Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the flan; let sit 20 minutes.
- Invert the flan onto a rimmed plate and unmold, letting the caramel drip out.
- Cut into wedges.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.