Classic Crème Caramel (Flan)

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Creme Caramel served on a plate

Ingredients

The Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar (200 g)
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

The Creme Custard

  • 2 cup full fat milk (500 ml), room temperature
  • 4 eggs , room temperature
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (400 g)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
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Instructions

The Caramel

  • Add all caramel ingredients in a pot and cook on medium heat, untouched, until it turns amber color.
  • Carefully divide the caramel into 6×1 cup (250 ml) container. Holding the tip of the container, carefully swirl so that the caramel coats 1/2 way the inner wall of the container. Set aside.

The Creme Custard

  • Into a bowl, add in eggs, condensed milk and vanilla extract. Use a hand whisk and gently mix everything together.
  • Then pour in milk into the eggs mixture. Again, gently mix everything. Sift the mixture to discard any lumps. Pour into prepared containers, leaving a bit less than 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) space to the brim.
  • Cover each container with aluminium foil and then place them in a deep baking tray. Pour hot water until 1/2 way of the baking tray, using bain-marie method.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 280ºF (140ºC) for 60 minutes or until cooked and set yet still wiggly. Remove from the hot water and leave to cool to room temperature. Then chill in the fridge overnight or minimum 8 hours.

How To Get Silky Smooth Texture

  • Don’t over whisk the mixture or whisk it harshly. Always mix gently. Over whisking will incorporate air inside the mixture, creating bubbles when cooked.
  • Always use low temperature.

How To Know When Creme Caramel Is Cooked

  • Check after minute 30 of cooking time by gently inserting a knife inside the creme caramel mixture. If it comes out clean, then it’s cooked.
  • Keep checking every 10 minutes after that.
  • The creme caramel should still be wiggly when it’s fully cooked. If it’s not wiggly then it’s over cooked.
  • Do not over cook creme caramel, this will result in dense and not silky smooth texture.

How To Successfully Flip Creme Caramel

  • Soak the bottom half of creme caramel container in warm water for a while. This will help to melt the caramel, making it easier to detach from the container.
  • Place a serving plate on top and then flip. Give it a few hard shake, just don’t go crazy :D. The creme caramel should slide right down on the plate.
  • Read more tips in the above post.

How To Serve

  • Serve this delicious classic creme caramel as is, or for an additional touch, serve it with some berries of your choice or some dulce de leche ?

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