Without a doubt, coffee flan is a dessert made for those with a sweet tooth who want a touch of flavour in their homemade sweets. There are several ways to accompany the traditional coffee flan (with cream, with coffee, with caramel or cocoa powder). Don’t limit your imagination and find the one you like best.
There are many versions to make coffee flan, but we leave you with a basic one that you will surely like a lot. It is simple and always works well. If you like the recipe later and want to adapt it, at the end of this page we also tell you some variants to try. In other words, let’s get down to business!
Ingredients for making coffee flan
Here is the list of ingredients needed to make a delicious and easy coffee flan at home. You can change the quantities as you like, but we recommend that the first time you make the coffee flan recipe you respect the proportions we indicate.
- 200 grams of sugar to make the caramel.
- 5 eggs, preferably large ones (the fresher the better).
- 400 ml of condensed milk.
- 340 ml evaporated milk.
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of instant coffee. Normally one spoonful is sufficient, but you can use two if you like coffee flan with a little more flavour. This also varies depending on the type of coffee (milder or stronger) you are using, of course.
You will get 6 servings of homemade coffee flan with this recipe.
How to make the coffee flan step by step (Preparation)?
To prepare your homemade coffee flan, the only thing you need, apart from having the ingredients ready, is to remember to put the oven on a little earlier. So first we must preheat the oven to 200 ºC with heat from above and below. We will use a bain-marie inside the oven, so it is a good idea to prepare it before.
We start: in a medium pot we heat the sugar at medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and it turns into a brown candy.
Then quickly place it in the bottom of our 22 cm diameter round mould, and turn the mould over so that the caramel settles on the whole surface, and also on the walls. This is important not only to give the coffee flan flavour, but also to prevent it from sticking.
Then, in a large and wide container, we mix the condensed milk, the eggs, the evaporated milk and the instant coffee. We beat everything by hand (with the old-fashioned whipping sticks) until we have a smooth, lump-free mixture with all the ingredients well integrated.
NOTE: There is no consensus on whether the recipe for homemade coffee flan should be completely smooth (the homogeneous flan) or with small holes, but in general terms, the better the mixture, the better the result.
If we find it difficult to beat everything, we can use the help of an electric mixer or a blender. It is important to mix the ingredients well in order to cook the coffee flan successfully. Pour the content into the previously caramelized mould and cover the surface with aluminium foil.
Now place the mould in a bowl or a deep tray and add water to it, filling it to a depth of approximately 3 cm.
Bake in a bain-marie for 55-65 minutes or until a knife is inserted in the centre and it comes out clean. Remove the flan from the oven and leave it to cool on a rack.
Now we have our homemade coffee flan ready, but it is not time to eat it yet. Hold on for a while.
The last step is to put it in the fridge, not only so that it is fresh but also so that it curdles and becomes homogeneous. It is advisable to keep it in the fridge for at least 4 or 5 hours, but, if you can organise it, it is best to leave it overnight. That is, you make the recipe for the coffee flan in the afternoon or evening, and eat the flan the next day.
To serve your easy coffee flan, pass a small spatula around the edge of the mould. Invert the mould on top of a plate and shake it a little to make the flan fall out – be careful not to break it!
In this Youtube video, we can see a similar recipe to learn how to make coffee flan quickly and easily in our kitchen, ideal to get out of the way of an unexpected visit!
Have you seen how simple it is to make a coffee flan? Now we bring you a couple of alternatives or variants of this delicious dessert.
Coffee and chocolate flan
This delicious homemade coffee and chocolate flan is another recommendation we cannot fail to give you, as it is an excellent variation on the original recipe. Here we go with the ingredients:
Ingredients for making coffee and chocolate flan
- 600 ml of whole milk.
- 200 ml liquid cream.
- 60 g white sugar (this will depend on the sweetness we want to give it and how we decide to prepare coffee and chocolate flan to our liking).
- 40 g of cocoa powder.
- 1 spoonful of soluble coffee.
- Liquid caramel (to taste).
We will obtain 8 portions of coffee and chocolate flan with these amounts.
Steps to prepare coffee and chocolate flan
First we pour the liquid caramel on the individual flanners, moving it so that it covers the bottom and the walls well. This step is the same as in the previous recipes, and is important for the coffee flan to be perfect. Then, in a container with cold water, we put the 8 gelatine leaves for five minutes to hydrate them. If you have worked with gelatine before, you will know how this works.
Put the milk, cream, sugar, cocoa and two teaspoons of coffee in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir with a few manual sticks until we get a homogeneous mixture and bring it to a boil.
After 5 minutes, when you see that the gelatine leaves are well hydrated, drain them and put them in a container. Add a few spoonfuls of the previous mixture to the container and stir until it dissolves completely. Add it to the pot with the rest of the mixture.
Stir for a couple of minutes and remove from the heat. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any lumps, and finally let everything harden for a few minutes at room temperature.
Then we spread the mixture on the flanners and cover them with transparent film (this detail is essential, so that they do not catch any strange smells or aromas). Finally, you know: put your flans in the fridge for at least 6 hours. If it can be all night, so much the better.
Tips for making coffee flan easy
- TIP 1: The coffee flan should be covered with cling film to prevent it from crusting and to prevent it from taking on an odour.
- TIP 2: To make it easier to remove the mould, put the flan in a container with warm water for a few seconds.
Finally, there is no more to do. The only thing left to do is to remove the coffee flan from the mould on a dessert plate, decorate it to your liking and enjoy it.
Coffee flan without oven
For those who prefer a variant where they do not have to use the oven, we also leave this alternative for cooking coffee flan without an oven.
Ingredients of non-oven coffee flan
- 1/2 litre of espresso coffee.
- 1 jar of cream (unsweetened).
- 1 litre of milk.
- 100 grams of sugar.
- 1 box of flan to prepare, vanilla flavour.
- 6 vanilla pods.
- 1 small spoonful of cornstarch.
- Liquid caramel to taste.
- Optional for the decoration: 1 pot of cream, 3 spoonfuls of impalpable sugar, 2 spoonfuls of powdered milk, vanilla essence.
How to prepare coffee flan without oven?
To start making coffee flan without an oven we must first arrange the ingredients for the flan mixture. In the meantime, we prepare the caramel in a small pot.
When it is ready, it is time to carefully pour the caramel into our mould. Then we put the cream, milk, sugar and coffee into the pot. Stir this mixture slowly until it boils.
When it starts boiling, add the flan powder and the cornstarch dissolved in a little water. Stir over the fire for seven more minutes. Place half of the mixture in the mould and place the vanilla flan on top. And after the pastries, the other half of the mixture.
Now you have your coffee flan ready without the oven, but you know you shouldn’t eat it. It has to be cooled down, so you have to put it in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours. If you are going to eat it from one day to the next, perfect, but if you are going to eat it within the same day you can take advantage of it to prepare a flan, whipped cream, or any other garnish. You can decorate this coffee flan recipe with whatever you like: dulce de leche, dried fruits or fresh, in short, you will surely like this coffee flan without the oven!