This is hands down my favorite flan dessert. Nothing beats this French custard dessert. It is also well known for it's simplicity and sophistication. You know what they usually say, the simpler the recipe is, the more people screws things up. I am not saying that I had perfected the craft tho. I am still far from pushing out a perfect Parisian Flan.
But as far as what Parisian Flan should be, this should be the base. I mean, I had been served worse Parisian Flan than mine. Some are just too hard while some are too soggy without any crispy crust. What makes Parisian Flan so fascinating is the soft custardy interior with a crispy crust, especially when you get to the edge.
This flan only uses a few ingredients, so by using the best ingredients, especially vanilla, will make a whole lotta difference. It is best to keep the flan chilled in the fridge and serve the next day. But I prefer my flan to be warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and some espresso granita. As soon as I slice and serve this Parisian Flam, it is gone in an instant! My daughters are always hungry, I do not know why. Lol! Anyway, I hope you will give this recipe a try.
(Make 1 nine inch flan)
Unsalted Butter, For Greasing
Egg Yolks, 100g
Granulated Sugar, 120g
Corn Flour, 50g
Whole Milk, 500ml
Heavy Whipping Cream, 125ml
Pure Vanilla Paste, 1 TSP
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, For Serving (Optional)
Espresso Granita, For Serving (Optional)
9 Inch Spring Form Cake Pan
Grease cake pan with butter.
Line with parchment at the bottom and along the sides.
In a large bowl, add egg yolks and sugar.
Whisk vigorously until the color turns to pale yellow.
You can use a hand mixer.
Add in the corn flour and continue whisking until thick and smooth.
In a sauce pot over medium heat, add milk, cream and vanilla.
Stir to combine well.
As soon as bubbles start to form along the edge, remove from heat.
Ladle the milk mixture into the yolk mixture gradually while whisking constantly to temper the yolks.
*Do not add in too quickly or the yolks will scramble.*
Once the mixture has incorporated, add another couple of ladles, repeating the same process.
Once everything is well combined, pour the yolk mixture into the pot with the remaining milk mixture.
Turn the heat up to medium low.
Continue whisking vigorously until the mixture has thickened.
Immediately remove from heat.
Transfer into a large bowl.
Cover with cling film making sure the cling film is in contact with the custard.
Chill in the fridge to cool down completely.
While the custard is cooling down, preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius or 400 fahrenheit.
Once the custard has cooled, remove from fridge and discard the cling film.
The custard should be hardened.
Stir vigorously to loosen up the custard with a spatula.
Transfer onto the prepared cake pan.
Wack into the oven and bake for 30 mins or until the top is golden brown and slightly charred.
Remove from oven and set aside to cool down.
You can keep chill in the fridge and serve the next day.
Or you can serve it while it is still warm.
You can also serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with some espresso granita.
*To make espresso granita, add 2 cups of freshly brewed espresso into a square baking pan. Add sugar to your preference. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Freeze in the freezer for about 30 mins. Using a fork to lightly scrape the surface to remove some icy bites. Keep doing this at every 20 mins intervals until all the espresso has been scrapped and you are left with a mountain of icy espresso bits.*