Perfect Crème Caramel Flan Recipe – The Best

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This perfect crème caramel flan recipe is just the best. It’s rich & creamy, soft & smooth, and literally makes my knees go weak! They’re not too difficult to make, the trickiest part is the caramel sauce, but I have some really good tips and pointers to help you though.

In South Africa, these are known as Flambes, and they’re probably that one iconic dessert we all remember from our childhood. Growing up, these were a Sunday spoil in our house, and a tradition I continued when I first got married. I hope you guys will love this recipe, for me, it’s one of the most satisfying desserts to make!


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Perfect Crème Caramel Flan Recipe

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Perfect Crème Caramel Flan Recipe

Copyright © 2022 – This original recipe is by Taryn Bloem – thesupermomsclub.com

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 X 200ml ramekins

Ingredients:

FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE:
¾ cup castor sugar
¼ cup water

FOR THE CUSTARD CRÈME:
1 cup milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup whipping cream
2 eggs + 3 yolks
½ cup castor sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence


How to make the perfect Crème Caramel Flan:

Preheat your oven to 150˚ Celsius or 300˚ Fahrenheit.

Pop the ramekins into a roasting pan or oven dish that’s big enough to accommodate them. They’ll be baked in a water bath, to ensure a soft and smooth bake!



Method (for the caramel sauce):

Add the castor sugar and water into a heavy based saucepan, and place it on a stovetop, on a medium to low heat. Give it a quick stir to spread the water, and then, leave it, without stirring, until it boils and turns a rich amber color. This takes a good 15 minutes or so.



Troubleshooting (for the caramel sauce):

Sugar can be tricky to work with, and often crystalizes when heated on a stovetop.
If your heat is too high, the water will boil off too quickly, and the castor sugar will crystalize.

This happens often, but all is not lost! If it happens to you, leave it on the stove until all the water has boiled off and it becomes a powdery sugar again.

Then add about three-quarters of a cup of water, turn your heat to medium high, and boil it until it loses about half of its volume.

Turn the heat to medium, and continue boiling until it turns a rich amber color (as seen in the first picture). It should look shiny and translucent, not dull and cloudy.

If you live in South Africa, you’ll almost certainly have to do this method because I’m sure there are anti-caking agents in our sugar that cause it to crystalize.



Method (to coat the ramekins):

Remove the caramel sauce from the heat, give it a stir, and coat the bottom of the ramekins with it, dividing it equally between them.
Give it a swirl, the sugar should coat roughly one-third of the sides. You’ll notice that it hardens as it touches the ramekins, that’s perfect and how it should be!



Method (to make the custard crème):

Pop the milk, evaporated milk, and whipping cream into a pot, and place it on a medium heat, on a stovetop, allowing it to heat just to the point where it begins to simmer.

While the milk is heating, place the eggs & egg yolks, castor sugar and vanilla essence into a mixing bowl, and whisk by hand to combine.

When the milk has heated, remove it from the heat, and slowly pour the egg mixture into it, whisking while it’s added.

Once combined, strain the custard through a sieve, to get any little bits of egg that haven’t broken down.

Pour roughly 180ml’s of custard into each ramekin, and add some warm water into the roasting pan, filling to about half-way up the sides of the ramekins.

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Carefully place it on the middle shelf of your oven, and bake for 35 -40 minutes, until the custard is cooked through and not wobbly in the middle.

Once baked, cover them with clingfilm, and place (standing upright) in the fridge to set for a minimum of 3 hours, but ideally overnight. They keep fresh for about three days, which is a bonus if you want to make these ahead of time!

When set, to plate them, gently run a knife around the top edge.

Place a plate or bowl over the top, flip them upside-down, and gently shake from side to side until it releases… it is so satisfying to watch the sauce pour out over the top, absolute dessert perfection.

Enjoy!

Perfect Crème Caramel Flan Recipe

The Supermoms Club – Taryn
This perfect crème caramel flan recipe is just the best. It's rich & creamy, soft & smooth, and literally makes my knees go weak!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Setting Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • 6 Ramekins 200ml
  • 1 Roasting Pan big enough to accomodate 6 ramekins

Ingredients
  

Ingredients (for the caramel sauce):

  • ¾ cup Castor Sugar
  • ¼ cup Water

Ingredients (for the custard crème):

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk (Ideal Milk)
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • ½ cup Castor Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 150˚ Celsius or 300˚ Fahrenheit.
  • Place the ramekins into a roasting pan or oven dish that's big enough to accommodate them. They'll be baked in a water bath, to ensure a soft and smooth bake!

Method (for th caramel sauce):

  • Place the castor sugar and water into a heavy based saucepan, and place it on a stovetop, on a medium to low heat. Give it a quick stir to spread the water, and then, leave it, without stirring, until it boils and turns a rich amber color. This takes a good 15 minutes or so.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING (for the caramel sauce):
  • Sugar can be tricky to work with, and often crystalizes when heated on a stovetop. If your heat is too high, the water will boil off too quickly, and the castor sugar will crystalize. This happens often, but all is not lost!
  • If this does happen to you, leave it on the stove until all the water has boiled off and it becomes a powdery sugar again. Then, add about three-quarters of a cup of water, turn your heat to medium high, and boil it until it loses about half of its volume. Then, turn the heat to medium, and continue boiling until it turns a rich amber color. It should look shiny and translucent, not dull and cloudy.
  • If you live in South Africa, you’ll almost certainly have to do this method because I’m sure there are anti-caking agents in our sugar that cause it to crystalize.

Method (to coat the ramekins):

  • Remove the caramel sauce from the heat, give it a stir, and coat the bottom of the ramekins with it, dividing it equally between them.Give it a swirl, the sugar should coat roughly one-third of the sides. You’ll notice that it hardens as it touches the ramekins, that’s perfect and how it should be!

Method (to make the custard crème):

  • Place the milk, evaporated milk, and whipping cream into a pot, and pop it on a medium heat, on a stovetop, allowing it to heat just to the point where it begins to simmer.
  • While the milk is heating, place the eggs & egg yolks, castor sugar and vanilla essence into a mixing bowl, and whisk by hand to combine.
  • Once the milk has heated, remove it from the heat, and slowly pour the egg mixture into it, whisking while it’s added.
  • Once combined, strain the custard through a sieve, to get any little bits of egg that haven’t broken down, and then place roughly 180ml’s of custard into each ramekin.
  • Pour some warm water into the roasting pan, filling to about half-way up the sides of the ramekins. Carefully place it on the middle shelf of your oven, and bake for 35 -40 minutes, until the custard is cooked through and not wobbly in the middle.
  • Once baked, cover them with clingfilm, and place (standing upright) in the fridge to set for a minimum of 3 hours, but ideally overnight. They keep fresh for about three days, which is a bonus if you want to make these ahead of time!
  • Once set, to plate them, gently run a knife around the top edge, place a plate or bowl over the top, flip them upside-down, and gently shake from side to side until it releases… it is so satisfying to watch the sauce pour out over the top, absolute dessert perfection. Enjoy!

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