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Banh flan (Vietnamese creme caramel) is a smooth và soft custard covered in a dark amber caramel. The caramel is slightly bitter which helps cut through the sweetness of the custard lớn give you a rich but balanced dish. This banh flan was initially introduced khổng lồ Vietnam by the French và over the years has become very much a part of Vietnamese cuisine.

Banh Flan (Vietnamese Creme Caramel)

This recipe for banh flan is quite easy. Basically you need to make some caramel, phối together the custard ingredients, then put in moulds và bake. However, there are a number of factors that can cause things to lớn go wrong. We will guide you through the recipe in detail and give you tips on how khổng lồ avoid the pitfalls.

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Making the Caramel

Making caramel is an easy exercise as long as you watch it like a hawk! Here are a few tips lớn avoid burning your caramel:

As soon as the caramel starts to colour take it off the heat. Leave it for 30 seconds và allow the residual heat to caramelise the sugar further. If it is not at the desired colour, then put it back on the heat for 10 seconds at a time. Use an ice bath to lớn stop the caramel cooking further. As soon as the caramel is the right colour, put the bottom of the saucepan into the ice bath lớn cool. Be careful not khổng lồ splash the ice bath water into the caramel. Don’t walk away. Just stand next lớn it until it is done and you won’t fail.

The Moulds Matter

Moulds matter! Why? Because the kích cỡ of the moulds will affect the cook time and how it looks on the plate.

The smaller the mould the less cook time it will need. Smaller moulds are also more prone to lớn bubbles and over cooking.

Generally, you want a higher ramekin of around 5 cm / 2 in deep. This is because the flan tends to sink a little under its own weight once it is turned out onto a plate. So if you a using a shallow ramekin, the flan may look very flat and unappealing.

My moulds fit roughly 150 ml of liquid. This recipe creates roughly 900ml of flan, so I get roughly six serves. You should measure out your final mixture và the form size of your ramekins to lớn ensure you end up with equal-sized serves.

Remember: It is better to have moulds that are filled khổng lồ the đứng top than trying lớn spread the flan mixture evenly over too many moulds.

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Making the Banh Flan Custard

Heat the milk to 70 C to fully dissolve the sugar. Use a candy thermometer khổng lồ make sure it comes to the right temperature.

Once the milk has reached 70 C take it off the heat và strain in the beaten eggs. Stir the mixture until the eggs are fully incorporated.

Do not let the milk boil as it may scramble the eggs.

Preparing the Banh Flan for the Oven

Before pouring the mixture into the moulds, you first must strain it to lớn catch any scrambled egg or other solids that may have formed.

Fill each mould to lớn near capacity then cover each one with aluminium foil. The foil will prevent the the surface of the flan from drying out and forming a hard skin. Use a skewer khổng lồ poke holes in the foil to lớn allow the steam to escape. This will prevent the mixture from getting too hot & boiling.

Preparing the Bain Marie (Water Bath)

A bain marie helps khổng lồ heat food gently & to maintain a certain temperature over a longer period of time.

To make your bain marie more effective:

Use a tea towel lớn control the temperature better.Fill your bain marie lớn half way up the moulds.Use medium-hot water from the tap, rather than boiling water from a kettle. This is to avoid overcooking the flans.

Let them Cool and Chill in the Fridge

Once the banh flan has finished cooking, remove the aluminium foil to lớn avoid condensation building up. This will also release any eggy smell. Let the banh flan sit uncovered at room temperature for trăng tròn minutes. Then, cover with cling wrap & leave lớn chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours but preferably 1 khổng lồ 2 days.

Unmoulding Neatly

Unmoulding the flans is pretty easy. Run a knife around the edges of the mould, making sure the knife touches the bottom of the mould the whole way. Then, put a small plate over the mould & turn it upside down. Place a tea towel on the kitchen bench, và tap the plate and mould together on the tea towel until the flan falls out.

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Banh Flan Troubleshooting

Even though the recipe is very simple, creme caramel can be difficult as there are many factors that affect the end result. Ovens in particular can be very finicky. The best thing is to vị a demo run of a recipe, cảnh báo what the issues are, then tweak. Here are some common issues & what to vì chưng about it:

Skin Forming on the Surface

If you have ever had a flan with a hard skin, you will know it isn’t very pleasant. Khổng lồ stop this from happening you will need to lớn cover each individual flan with aluminium foil. Make sure khổng lồ poke holes in the aluminium foil to lớn avoid trapping the steam inside and boiling the flan.

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Bubbles in the Custard

Bubbles are caused by overheating the flan. The flan should be cooked ‘low and slow’ but when it is too hot, it is likely the mixture is boiling. This forms gas aka air bubbles and they get trapped as the flan solidifies. So, here are some of the things to bởi / consider to lớn avoid this outcome:

All ovens are different. Your thermostat (heat controlling mechanism in your oven) may be a little off. Try reducing your oven temperature with your next batch. Make sure to always poke holes through the aluminium foil. For reasons stated above.Use medium-hot water from the tap for the bain marie, rather than boiling water from the kettle. The one time I used boiling water from the kettle, the flans formed bubbles on the sides. So now, I only ever use medium-hot water from the tap.

Some people believe over whisking the eggs or milk are the cause of bubbles in your flan. However, after a number of attempts I vày not believe this lớn be the case.

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The Banh Flan Did Not Cook Properly

If your banh flan did not cook, then it is probably due to the following:

Your moulds are too large for the time specified in the recipe. Larger moulds will require more cooking time for the flan khổng lồ set. My moulds are roughly 150 ml so anything bigger than that will require a little more time to cook. So, adjust the timer according khổng lồ your moulds. Oven temperature is too low. You may find your oven temperature is a little off, or it may heat unevenly. If this is the case, use an oven thermometer to adjust the temperature or move your moulds around for a more even cook.

The Caramel is Stuck to the Mould!

This was an issue for me at my first few attempts. I have a few things for you lớn consider.

Leaving the flans in the fridge for 1 or more days tends to lớn give the caramel ample time to lớn liquefy. Every time I eat the flans within a day, there is always hard caramel stuck at the bottom of the mould. But as time goes on, the caramel melts slowly giving you much more sauce!Adding an acid. Many recipes will tell you to showroom lemon juice to lớn help prevent the sugar from crystalizing. Not sure if this actually works but I địa chỉ cửa hàng it in anyway. Loosen up the caramel và make it less viscous by adding water. My mum swears by this method. To vì chưng this, add 1 tbsp of water once the caramel is at the desired colour & cover the pot with a lid. Once the caramel stops bubbling, use a spoon to stir it through. Note: this will dilute you caramel slightly so it may not be as sweet / flavourful. " data-image-caption="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?fit=300%2C200&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?fit=750%2C500&ssl=1" loading="lazy" width="750" height="500" src="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=750%2C500&ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-16847" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?w=6000&ssl=1 6000w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=300%2C200&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=1024%2C683&ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=768%2C512&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?resize=750%2C500&ssl=1 750w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Unmoulding-1.jpg?w=2250&ssl=1 2250w" sizes="(max-width: 750px) 100vw, 750px" data-recalc-dims="1" />Moulds with No Hard Caramel Stuck lớn the Bottom

Firmness of the Banh Flan

I’ve written this recipe using whole eggs because I like to keep it simple. That, AAANNND every time I save egg whites & put them in the fridge, they always get thrown out a week later. So I don’t bother!

Egg whites are what give the flan firmness. If you’ve made this recipe & prefer something a little softer, then drop out the egg whites on 1-2 eggs. So for example where this recipe calls for five whole eggs, replace with 3-4 whole eggs and 1-2 egg yolks.

You may also need khổng lồ reduce the cooking time by a few minutes.

Optional Extras

Creme caramel is a very simple-tasting dessert, having really only two elements – the soft sweet custard, and the golden, slightly bitter caramel. It tastes fantastic the way it is.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up. If you are looking for something different, here are some popular variations:

Adding extra flavour khổng lồ the custard, like incorporating Tia Maria (liqueur) or espresso (coffee).Adding extra toppings, like fresh fruit or edible gold leaf." data-image-caption="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?fit=200%2C300&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?fit=683%2C1024&ssl=1" loading="lazy" width="750" height="1125" src="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=750%2C1125&ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-16850" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?w=4000&ssl=1 4000w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=200%2C300&ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=683%2C1024&ssl=1 683w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=750%2C1125&ssl=1 750w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?resize=333%2C500&ssl=1 333w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?w=1500&ssl=1 1500w, https://i0.wp.com/huyenthoaics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Banh-Flan-7.jpg?w=2250&ssl=1 2250w" sizes="(max-width: 750px) 100vw, 750px" data-recalc-dims="1" />Silky Smooth Banh Flan

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