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Top Flavored Spanish Flans

New Twists on a Classic Spanish Dessert

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The original, classic flan is a vanilla egg custard, baked in a water bath and its own caramel sauce. It’s an easy recipe to prepare and is a favorite in Spain and abroad. So, it’s no surprise that it’s popular all over Latin America since Spanish women for centuries brought their own family’s version of flan when immigrating to America. Today, with many different kinds of foods and flavorings available in local markets, it’s easy to see how the variations on this classic got started.

Easy Chocolate-Orange Flan - Flan de Chocolate y Naranja

Chocolate-Orange Flan - Flan de Chocolate y Naranja
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This flan has a rich and creamy texture with deep, dark chocolate and orange flavor. It is made from bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder, with a tangy orange essence that comes from a combination of triple sec liqueur and grated orange peel.

Orange Flan – Flan de Naranja

Flan de Naranja - Orange Flan
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This variation is lighter, but has an intense orange flavor that refreshes the palate as well as satisfying a sweet tooth. The sauce is made with sugar and orange juice, giving it a deep orange color and flavor.

Coffee Flan – Flan de Café

Coffee Flan - Flan de Cafe (c)
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Espresso coffee gives this version of flan a wonderfully rich flavor, and makes it a perfect dessert to enjoy with a glass of after-dinner liqueur.

Strawberry Flan – Flan de Fresas

Flan de Fresas - Strawberry Flan
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Instead of vanilla, this flan is flavored with fresh strawberries and condensed milk. This flan is good when you want to a sweet, light and fresh dessert – whether it's for dinner or brunch.

Brandy with Dried Figs and Honey Flan

Spanish Honey Flan with Dried Plum & Brandy Topping (c)
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This flan is a rich amber color because it is made with honey instead of sugar. The topping, made with dried plums (prunes), honey and brandy gives this flan a unique look and taste. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped walnuts.

Classic Vanilla Flan

Spanish Flan - Vanilla Custard with Caramel Sauce
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Still the most common and most popular, the original Flan is a vanilla egg custard, topped with caramel sauce.
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