Orange Coffee Flan

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 50m
Ready In

"Don't get me wrong - ANY flan is a GOOD flan! But this one is my favorite by far. The orange gives it such a great nuance - and the caramel/coffee combo is amazing. The secret to any good flan is to place a towel in your water bath - this keeps the bubbles from forming in the custard. As you can see in my picture, this was the one time I didn't do it and you see the result. LOL - it still tastes amazing! From another cooking site, but originally from the food network. TIME DOES NOT INCLUDE REFRIGERATION TIME OF 6 HOURS!!!"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (210.4 g)
  • Calories 294
  • Total Fat - 17.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 174.8 mg
  • Sodium - 183.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 21.5 g
  • Protein - 9.2 g
  • Calcium - 190.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Heat the sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it begins to melt.

Step 3

Cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until deep amber, about 10 minutes. Stir in the orange zest and cook 30 seconds.

Step 4

Pour into a 9-inch round cake pan, quickly tilting to coat entire bottom. Set aside.

Step 5

Dissolve the espresso powder in 1 T warm water in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs.

Step 6

Add the sweetened condensed milk, the half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon and 1/8 t salt, then whisk until smooth.

Step 7

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the cake pan. Do not skip this step!

Step 8

Loosely tent the cake pan with foil. Don't let the foil touch the custard.

Step 9

Line a pan big enough to hold the cake pan with a kitchen towel and set the cake pan on top. Careful with the edges of the towel.

Step 10

Transfer to the oven and fill the roasting pan with very hot water, about halfway up the side of the cake pan.

Step 11

Bake until the flan is set but still wobbly in the center, 1 hour, 30 minutes to 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Step 12

Remove from the oven and let cool in the water bath, about 1 hour. Remove from the water, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 6 hours.

Step 13

Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the flan; let sit a few minutes. Invert the flan onto a rimmed plate and unmold, letting the caramel drip out. Serve in wedges with some of the caramel sauce, and for a really decadent dessert, garnish with full-fat whipped cream.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the orange zest, choose an organic orange with a bright orange color and a sweet smell.
  • Be sure to use half and half, not heavy cream, for the best texture.

  • Substitute maple syrup for the granulated sugar - Maple syrup is a healthier alternative to sugar and provides a unique flavor that pairs nicely with the coffee and orange. Plus, it's a great way to make the dessert vegan-friendly.
  • Substitute almond milk for the half and half - Almond milk is a lighter alternative to half and half and is also vegan-friendly. It still provides a creamy texture and will help cut down on the fat content of the flan.

Lemon Coffee Flan Substitute the orange zest with lemon zest. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of lemon juice into the espresso powder. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the custard mixture.

Chocolate Coffee Flan Substitute the orange zest with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of instant coffee into the espresso powder. Add 2 tablespoons of melted dark chocolate to the custard mixture.

: Strawberry Shortcake

: Strawberry shortcake is the perfect accompaniment to this Orange Coffee Flan. The sweet, tart strawberries are the perfect contrast to the rich, creamy custard. It's a classic combination that will be sure to please any crowd.

: Vanilla Ice Cream

: Vanilla ice cream is the perfect complement to this Orange Coffee Flan. The creamy, smooth texture of the ice cream pairs perfectly with the richness of the custard. The subtle sweetness of the ice cream provides a nice balance to the tartness of the orange. It's a classic combination that will be sure to please any crowd.


Q: How do I prevent bubbles from forming in the custard?

A: To prevent bubbles from forming in the custard, place a towel in the water bath before baking the flan. This will help create a smooth custard.

Q: How do I store leftover custard?

A: Leftover custard should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3-4 days for best results.

1 Reviews


I can see why this is a favorite flan of yours, JostLori. The flavors are not your average flan, rather the flavor of the coffee and orange really bring it over the top. It is smooth and has the perfect balance of flavors. You know I will be making this for my next family gathering, as my extended family love flan. I did, however, have to increase the caramel sugar coating, as it wasn't enough to surround the inside of the pan (maybe it was me). Thank you, JostLori for adding another goodie to my family table. Made it for FYC.


review by:
(15 May 2020)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Flan is a popular dessert in many Latin American countries, and it is believed to have been brought to the region by the Spanish settlers. The famous Cuban singer Celia Cruz even wrote a song about it, titled 'Flan de Coco'!

Fun Fact 2: Orange Coffee Flan is a unique twist on the classic flan recipe. It is believed to have been created by the famous chef Ingrid Hoffmann, who is known for her delicious Latin American and Caribbean recipes!