Indulge in the Exquisite Aroma of Brazilian Coffee Custard

As soon as I found out about this Brazilian coffee custard recipe, I knew I had to try it. The combination of sweet and strong coffee flavors sounded absolutely delicious. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

This crème de café recipe, also known as flan de cafe or pudim de café in Portuguese, has been enjoyed by many people for generations. It is a popular dessert in Brazil and Portugal, and can be found under many different names such as custard crème caramel or caramel custard.

But no matter what you call it, the important thing is that this dessert is simply divine. Rich in flavor and silky smooth in texture, it’s the perfect end to any meal. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want to treat yourself to something special, this Brazilian coffee custard will satisfy your sweet tooth.

So get ready to indulge in this heavenly dessert and impress your guests with your culinary skills. Trust me, they won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café)
Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café)

I must tell you, my dear reader, that this Brazilian Coffee Custard recipe is pure magic. With a perfect balance of sweetness and rich coffee flavor, it’s nearly impossible to resist. Trust me when I say that this dessert will make your taste buds dance with excitement.

If you are a coffee lover like me, this recipe is a must-try. Imagine the aroma of freshly brewed espresso mixed with the creaminess of custard. It’s quite simply heavenly. And what’s great about it is that it’s versatile – it can be served warm or cold and pairs well with ice cream or whipped cream.

Additionally, this pudding-like dessert goes by many names such as flan de cafe, pudim de café, caramel creme brulee, and custard crème caramel. You can savor this dessert in many different cafes in Brazil; it’s a staple dessert in the country.

So why you’ll love this recipe? Because it’s not just another dessert; it’s an experience. The flavors will take you on a trip to Brazil with every spoonful – you’ll feel like you’re sitting at a café in Palm Beach or savoring Brazilian coffee at the PGA Boulevard.

Trust me when I say that once you taste this Brazilian Coffee Custard, you’ll fall head over heels in love with it – just like I did.

Ingredient List

 A decadent cream dessert with a Brazilian twist.
A decadent cream dessert with a Brazilian twist.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) very strong coffee, preferably Brazilian coffee
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) whipping cream

For the Brazilian Coffee Caramel:

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly brewed espresso or very strong coffee, preferably Brazilian coffee

For the Brazilian Corn Magic Custard Cake:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) Brazilian corn magic
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can of regular milk (use the empty can of condensed milk to measure)
  • 3 eggs

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect dessert to end a meal with flair.
The perfect dessert to end a meal with flair.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s get started on making this Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café). This recipe serves 4-6 people and takes about an hour to make.

Step 1: Making the Coffee Custard Base

In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of whole milk and 1 cup of freshly brewed very strong coffee. Add the scraped seeds of a vanilla bean and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Step 2: Mixing Cornstarch and Sugar

While waiting for the mixture to boil, mix together 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 3/4 cup of sugar in a separate bowl.

Step 3: Mixing Ingredients Together

Once the milk mixture has boiled, remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture until completely combined.

Step 4: Cooking the Custard Base

Return the pan to medium heat and stir until it thickens into a custard-like consistency. This should take around 10-15 minutes.

Step 5: Pouring Mixture into Ramekins

Divide the mixture among your desired ramekins or molds. Be sure to fill them about three-quarters full.

Step 6: Chilling Before Serving

Place the custard-filled ramekins into the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.

Optional Step: Adding Coffee Caramel Topping

If you want to add some extra flavor, you can make a coffee caramel topping by heating up 1 cup of sugar over medium-high heat until melted and browned. Add 1/2 cup of brewed coffee to it, cautiously as it will bubble up, and continue cooking until it thickens. Put it on top of each ramekin immediately after taking them out of the refrigerator.

Now you have your own Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café) ready to enjoy. Whether you’re serving it as a dessert for a dinner party or enjoying it yourself, this coffee custard is a perfect way to end any meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 Your guests will want seconds of this coffee-infused custard.
Your guests will want seconds of this coffee-infused custard.

Just like with any recipe, there are always ways to personalize it and make it your own. With the Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café) recipe being so versatile, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can try out to create the perfect dessert.

For those who cannot consume dairy or prefer a non-dairy option, swapping out the whole milk and whipping cream with alternative options such as almond milk or coconut cream can do the trick. You can also use vegan egg yolks or flaxseed powder to replace traditional egg yolks, so no one misses out on this delicious treat.

If you are not a big fan of coffee, you can experiment with different flavors of instant coffee or syrups to give your custard a unique taste. Add a touch of cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg to your Brazilian coffee custard recipe for an exotic and aromatic twist.

Alternatively, you can swap out the coffee entirely for rich chocolate or caramel flavorings for a decadent dessert.

Another popular variation is adding texture to the custard by folding in some crushed nuts such as pecans or almonds. For those with a sweet tooth, consider topping your crème de café with chocolate shavings, caramel sauce or whipped cream for an indulgent finishing touch.

No matter which substitution or variation you choose to add to this classic Brazilian coffee custard recipe, rest assured that it will remain just as creamy and delicious. Enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and find the perfect custom recipe that best suits your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 A comforting dessert that will warm your soul on a cold evening.
A comforting dessert that will warm your soul on a cold evening.

Ah, the joy of coffee and dessert – nothing quite like it! To serve this Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café) Recipe, it is best to cut a slice of the custard and drizzle it with some coffee caramel sauce made from the leftover caramel used for the custard. You can then garnish with whipped cream and some coffee beans or cocoa powder for added texture and flavor.

Now, if you want to take things to a whole new level of indulgence, try pairing this rich custard with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! The creamy texture and sweet vanilla flavor will complement the bitter notes of the coffee perfectly.

And while we are at it, why not indulge in some other Brazilian desserts alongside this custard? Some popular favorites include the traditional brigadeiro – a chocolate truffle-like sweet – or pastel de nata – Portuguese custard tarts that are now also popular in Brazil.

Alternatively, you could opt for a more savory accompaniment like pão de queijo – chewy cheese bread rolls that pair perfectly with coffee. No matter what you choose, this Brazilian Coffee Custard is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering or dinner party.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The smooth and velvety texture will melt in your mouth.
The smooth and velvety texture will melt in your mouth.

Preparing the Brazilian Coffee Custard ahead of time can be an excellent strategy for saving time and ensuring that it is served when you need it. Fortunately, the custard tastes as good (if not better!) when it’s been left in the refrigerator for a day or two.

To make sure that it remains fresh and delicious for as long as possible, store your custard in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for about five days this way.

When it’s time to serve your Brazilian Coffee Custard, you have a couple of options for reheating. You can either use a bain-marie or microwave to gently and evenly heat up the custard to prevent curdling.

If you are using the microwave option, put uncovered custard into the microwave and reheat it on low heat for approximately 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently until it’s warm to your preference. Take caution not to overheat your custard; otherwise, it may separate or curdle.

Alternatively, you can reheat your custard in a bain-marie by placing each ramekin into a large baking dish filled with two inches of water, making sure that they don’t touch. Preheat your oven to 350°F(180°C) before covering the pan with aluminum foil wrap. Place the baking dish and cover into the middle rack position in the oven then bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until hot.

Lastly, feel free to add toppings such as whipped cream, caramel sauce or crumbled chocolate on top of your coffee custard then serve with ice cream, brigadeiro, creme caramel, custard tarts (pasteis de nata), creme brulee flan recipe or other desserts of your choice!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A treat that blends the best of Brazilian and French culinary cultures.
A treat that blends the best of Brazilian and French culinary cultures.

To ensure the perfect outcome of this Brazilian Coffee Custard recipe, here are some tips that are guaranteed to help you impress your guests.

First of all, it is essential to use very strong coffee or freshly brewed espresso to get the perfect coffee flavor. Do not use instant coffee as it will not have the same depth of taste. I recommend using Brazilian coffee beans for an authentic twist on this custard crème de café recipe.

Another important tip is to make sure you cook the custard filling until it thickens and leaves a coating on the back of a spoon. This ensures that the final result has a creamy consistency without being runny.

To avoid lumps in the custard, mix cornstarch and sugar together before adding them to the egg yolks.

When pouring the hot cream mixture over the egg yolks, whisk vigorously to prevent cooking the eggs and producing an unwanted eggy texture.

For a richer flavor, add a vanilla bean while making your coffee caramel or use whipped cream as a topping for your custard instead of ice cream in case you prefer less sweet desserts.

Finally, be sure to let your custard cool at room temperature before chilling it for at least four hours in the refrigerator. Serve cold with freshly brewed Brazilian coffee for an indulgent dessert experience.

By following these tips meticulously, each serving will be silky smooth, with subtle notes of coffee melding perfectly with caramelized sugar sweetness. Your guests will ask for seconds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café) recipe is an amazing dessert that you can make at home with ease. It requires simple and easy-to-find ingredients and has a unique texture and flavor that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend trying this recipe and experimenting with different variations to find your perfect flavor profile.

So why not give it a shot? Impress your friends and family with this delicious Brazilian treat that they won’t be able to resist. Whether you call it coffee custard, crème de café or flan de café, this dessert will be the talk of the town. So go ahead, indulge in a bit of Brazilian sweetness and enjoy!

Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café)

Brazilian Coffee Custard (Crème De Café) Recipe

A strong tasting coffee custard. If you like coffee you will like this.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 216.1 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 inch piece vanilla bean
  • 4 whole coffee beans
  • 1/2 cup very strong coffee
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Set oven to 325°F.
  • Combine the milk, vanilla bean and coffee beans in a sauce pan. Bring rapidly to a boil, then remove pan from heat.
  • Stir in the strong coffee. Reserve.
  • In a bowl, beat the egg yolks, then gradually blend in the sugar and cornstarch. Mix well.
  • Strain the cooled milk, a little at a time, through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth into the egg and sugar mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish or into individual ovenproof custard cups.
  • Cover the baking dish, set in a pan of hot and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Cool custard to room temperature, then chill until needed. Before serving, run a knife around the inside edge of the baking dish and invert custard onto a serving dish. Serves 4.
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Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 165gCalories: 216.1kcalCarbohydrates: 30.4gProtein: 6gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 245.2mgSodium: 46.4mgSugar: 29.9g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Brazilian, Dessert, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.