It has been a while since I last made pudim (caramel flan)… Pudim (flan), including this easy and delicious coffee flan, has always been one of my favorite desserts. If you are a coffee lover, this coffee flan will become a favorite!
There is something so comforting and enjoyable about both caramel and coffee flans that I can’t find words to describe it. I love not only its sweet taste, but most of all its smooth, creamy texture. For me, eating coffee flan or pudim de café is a totally out-of-this-world experience. The most popular custard in my home country is pudim de leite (or caramel flan), although it can be made with other flavors e.g. coffee, orange, chocolate, corn, coconut, or cassava flan, among others.
Since Brazil is responsible for about a third of all coffee produced worldwide– the largest coffee producer in the world for the last 150 years– I decided to make a pudim de café (coffee flan) this time, in its honor — instead of the traditional caramel flan or pudim de leite. It is really something that I as a Brazilian am very proud of. I think this explains why coffee is the most popular beverage in Brazil.
About 74% of the coffee produced in Brazil is arabica coffee. The states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Paraná are the largest producers in the country due to their well-suited landscapes, climate and rich soil. I would like to note that although Colombian coffee is more well-known in the U.S., one of the most renowned coffee brands in the world, the Italian brand Illy, uses mostly Brazilian coffee in its blend. Hooray, Brazil!!!
In contrast to the coffee that you might be familiar with here in the U.S., Brazilian coffee is very strong. This is why it is often served in a small/mini cup, called cafezinho. The coffee flan recipe that I am about to introduce to you today can either be enjoyed by itself or, even better, accompanied by a small cup of coffee or cafezinho.
Enjoy our delightful coffee flan!!!!
You might also enjoy:
- Strawberry-White Chocolate Flan (Flan de Morango e Chocolate Branco)
- Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Flan (Brigadeirão)
- Blanc-Mange (Manjar Branco)