Easy Coffee Flan Recipe (Flan de Cafe)

coffee flan
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 1 mins
Total: 31 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
188 Calories
5g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 6g
Calcium 73mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy flan recipe is a variation on the classic Spanish vanilla custard called "flan" in Spanish. Espresso coffee gives this flan a wonderfully rich flavor, making it a perfect dessert to enjoy with a glass of after-dinner liqueur.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup espresso coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 20 whole coffee beans

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wipe out the ramekins to ensure that there is no dust in them. Set in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.

  3. Heat 4 to 5 cups of water in a pot for the water bath.

  4. Put a heavy skillet or saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup sugar. With the back of a wooden spoon, keep sugar moving constantly until sugar is completely melted, and of a rich medium brown color (caramelized).

  5. Carefully spoon caramelized sugar into each of the 6 ramekins or large dish.

  6. Pre-heat oven to 325 F (162 C).

  7. Scald milk and cream in a saucepan. (Keep a close eye on the pan, so it does not boil over.)

  8. Remove immediately and stir in the coffee.

  9. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, beat slightly 3 eggs.

  10. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar.

  11. Stirring constantly, gradually add hot cream mixture to egg yolk mixture. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  12. Blend in vanilla extract.

  13. Ladle mixture into ramekins.

  14. Carefully remove 1 to 2 ramekins to provide some room to pour. Pour in hot water until there is about 1/2-inch of water in the 9-by-13-inch baking dish for boiling water bath. Replace ramekins. (If using one large open baking dish, be sure that the dish is tall enough to accommodate the water necessary.)

  15. If the water level does not reach 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins, carefully pour more water in. Bake uncovered in water bath for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted half way between center and the edge of dish.

  16. Carefully remove each ramekin from the water bath. Set on a cooling rack until lukewarm, then chill thoroughly in refrigerator. This usually takes at least 1 hour.

  17. When ready to serve, un-mold by running a knife around the inside edge of baking dish.

  18. Place a small dessert plate on the top of the ramekin.

  19. With one hand under the ramekin and the other on top of the place, turn over. Tap the ramekin and the flan should drop onto the plate. If it does not, carefully “prod” the flan out of the ramekin with a small paring knife. It should slide out of the ramekin onto the plate.

  20. Garnish with the whole coffee beans and serve.


  • To ensure the custard does not over-cook, check doneness after 45 minutes, then every 3 to 5 minutes.