keto

Flan /

Crème Caramel

​​READ THE SMALL PRINT FOR DAIRY-FREE INGREDIENT SWAPS!

Yield: 6 servings / one 8" round flan / six 1/2-cup sized ramekins

Serving Size:  1 slice  / one (1/2 cup-sized) ramekin

For the Flan:

  • 4 large (50g each) whole eggs (add 2 more yolks for an extra-creamy custard flavor)

  • 3/4 cup (100-110g) keto baking sweetener (any erythritol-based blend, or allulose, or tagatose

  • 1 cup (240ml) low-carb milk (unsweetened cashew milk is ideal, feel free to sub water)

  • 1 cup (240ml) 30% butterfat whipping cream (sub coconut cream or unsweetened dairy-free coffee creamer)

  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract (or other flavoring of choice)

  • 1/8 tsp (a pinch) sea salt (optional)

For the Caramel Layer:

  • 1/2 cup (80g) allulose / tagatose (other keto sweeteners may not caramelize, but can also be used)

  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) water


 

Directions:

1. First preheat the oven to 163C/ 325F, prep your pans of choice (either an 8" round cake pan, or six 1/2cup single-serving ramekins) with a thin layer of butter or oil. Place the pan(s) inside a large baking dish with higher sides to act as the bain-marie later.​ 

2. Place the caramel ingredients in a small saucepan or pot and melt on medium heat. Once melted, do not stir, just swirl the caramel by tilting the pan around at least every minute or so, watching carefully until it starts to brown (for allulose it browns around 330F-350F). It will go from caramelized to burnt very quickly so be on your toes during this process! Once it gets to a nice brown color (err on the lighter side since keto sweeteners do not get a pleasant smoky caramel flavor when too dark like sugar will), immediately pour the caramel into your prepared pan(s) and swirl the pan to spread the hot caramel evenly along the entire bottom of the pan(s). 

3. Once the caramel is made, crack all the eggs into a large bowl, add the sweetener and whisk everything until well combined, then set aside. Heat all the remaining ingredients in a medium pot on low heat, stirring until the sweetener has dissolved. Turn off the heat and remove the pot right before the mixture comes to a boil.

4. While whisking the egg mixture, slowly drizzle in a little bit of the hot cream liquid at a time (gradually warming up the eggs) until all the liquid has been incorporated. Place a strainer over the now-empty pot and pour this flan liquid back through the sieve to strain out any little bits of egg white chalazae. Put the custard liquid aside to sit for a minute to let any foam disperse, meanwhile set some water to boil in a kettle or in a clean pot.

5. Once the water has come to a boil, evenly distribute your custard mixture between the ramekins (about 1/2 cup each), or fill the 8" round cake pan entirely. These should already be sitting inside the large baking dish, which you can now place into the preheated oven. Pour the just-boiled water into the larger baking dish so that it pools around your flan dish(es). Fill up the larger dish until the water rises halfway up the sides of your flan dish(es). Close the oven and let the custards bake for 25-40 minutes. They should be done when the edges are firm, and most of the center is jiggly but no longer liquid.

6. Remove the entire bain-marie dish from the oven and place somewhere steady and heat-resistant. Carefully remove the flan(s) from the bain-marie without touching the hot water, and let them cool to room temperature, then chill at least 4 hours before serving. To serve, slide a thin knife around the edge of the flan dish, place a slightly-large plate or bowl upside down overtop the flan dish, hold them together firmly and quickly flip them to release the flan into the new container. I usually need to place the two dishes (still held together) down on a firm surface and tap or hit the original flan dish to force it to come out, but be careful with this as the custard is very fragile.  

NOTES:

--I would NOT use coconut cream or coconut milk in this recipe unless you want it to be VERY noticeably coconut-flavored.

--If you want a smooth flan, two things are important: a) do not over-cook the flan or try to cook it without a bain-marie, b) do not cool the flan down too quickly. If you try to put the hot flan straight into the fridge it will shrink as it cools and split, leaving cracks on the surface of the flan.

--Do not try to use stevia on its own in this recipe, it will leave the dish tasting too eggy and more like a fritatta. Nutritive sweeteners such as erythritol, allulose and tagatose (and any sweetener blends using one of those three as a base) will react best with the eggs, giving you a smoother custard texture and less eggy-ness.

--Feel free to cap each ramekin or cover the large flan dish with baking parchment or aluminum foil to keep the tops from drying out, this will help ensure even cooking and less cracking, but you will need to remove one while the flan is still baking to check for doneness, which might be a pain.

 

INGREDIENT SOURCING:

Powdered Erythritol: https://amzn.to/2JnVpnE

Allulose: https://amzn.to/2sFH3YH

Tagatose: https://www.iherb.com/pr/NuNaturals-Sweet-Health-Tagatose-1-lb-454-g/46825

Unsweetened Cashew Milk: https://amzn.to/2W53ra6

Coconut Cream: https://amzn.to/2xct1is

Nutpods Creamer: https://amzn.to/2HoylFd

Vanilla Extract: https://amzn.to/2XgBsFX

Vanilla Bean Powder: https://amzn.to/2uclToy

Sea Salt: https://amzn.to/2xYwRzt

EQUIPMENT USED:

Heat-Safe Silicone Spatula: http://amzn.to/2nJvc9z

Kichen Scale: https://amzn.to/2LjURAm

Metal Whisk Set: https://amzn.to/33bX8Ff

9"x13" Baking Dish (for Bain-Marie): https://amzn.to/2rb9CQ6

Round Cake Pan Set: https://amzn.to/2OY2Upl

Ramekin Baking Set: https://amzn.to/31Wh53s

Strainer / Sieve Set: http://amzn.to/2shOYgU

Pyrex Glass Bowl Set: https://amzn.to/2u8RGXE

Plastic Mixing Bowl Set + Measuring Cups: https://amzn.to/2NFnN81

Heat-Safe Metal Rack: http://amzn.to/2FRdCqH

Measuring Cups: https://amzn.to/2G8EzrT

Angled Liquid Measuring Cup: https://amzn.to/2uV3ugi

Magnetic Measuring Spoons: https://amzn.to/2QVq6U5

Micro Measuring Spoons: https://amzn.to/2K9W7ap
("dash", "tad", "smidgen", etc. measurements below 1/4 tsp)

ADVERT ALERT:

Yup, all those links up there are affiliate links which means you can support my work by buying stuff through those links! It is of course not required and I still encourage everybody to do your own research on what products to use. None of those are brand-sponsored links, I don't have any affiliation with those individual companies, it's just Amazon who pays me a tiny tiny percentage of what y'all buy on Amazon if you choose to use those links because they like that I send you to their site. If this affiliate program didn't exist I would still show y'all these links because it's useful to know where I source my ingredients and tools. Currently with 50k subscribers this affiliate program makes me between $70-$100 USD per month, which just about covers my ingredient costs. If you want to more directly support my work, join as a Patreon member to get behind-the-scenes access, or buy one of my eCookbooks, or the FREE option is to just share my youtube channel with everyone you think might like it. Sharing helps me grow better than anything else. :) 

ABOUT TPH

When you're as obsessed with sweets as I am, skipping dessert is not an option, but all the "sugar-free" treats I find in stores/restaurants never quite taste like dessert. After discovering that GOOD low-carb dessert recipes are so hard to find, I started experimenting and creating my own. TPH exists so that diabetics, carb-resistant people like me, and anyone else looking to avoid sugar can enjoy truly decadent desserts that won't cause insulin resistance or tooth decay.

Become a TPH Patron and get special perks here:  https://www.patreon.com/tphketodesserts

  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon

©2023 by TPH. Proudly created with Wix.com