Thursday, April 11, 2013

Espresso Flans recipe

Espresso Flans
Espresso Flans

This coffee infused Italian version of creme caramel makes a wonderful end to any meal. The flans can be made 2 days ahead of serving, making it the perfect entertaining dessert

Serves 6 

Espresso Flans ingredients
Caramel: 2/3 cup caster sugar. 1/3 cup water
Custard: 3 cups milk. 2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee granules. 1/2 cup caster sugar. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 6 eggs
To serve: softly whipped cream

Espresso Flans recipe: Lightly grease 6x 200 ml or 4 x 300 ml capacity ovenproof baking dishes with canola or vegetable oil. Preheat the oven to 130C
Caramel: Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat very slowly, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Brush any stray sugar crystals off the side of the pot with a pastry brush dipped in water. Increase the heat and boil until the syrup turns a dark golden colour. Quickly pour into the base of the dishes, tilting to coat evenly. Set aside
Custard: Heat the milk, coffee, caster sugar and the vanilla in a saucepan and bring to just below boiling point. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl then whisk in the hot milk. Strain the mixture into a large jug. Place a clean kitchen cloth in the base of a deep baking dish and put the dishes on top. Pour the custard into the dishes. Add enough hot tap water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes and bake for 40 minutes or until the flans are just set in the centre. They will continue to firm up as they cool. Carefully remove the ramekins from the baking dish and cool. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled
To serve: Gently run a knife around the edge of each dish to loosen the custard from the sides. Invert onto serving plates and serve with a spoonful of softly whipped cream. By then, the Espresso Flans is ready