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Difference Between Flan and Creme Caramel

The food sector has evolved to offer a wide variety of dishes, be it starters, main courses and even desserts. Among the most popular delicacies in the world include flan and crème caramel. These two are mainly served as desserts. Although not many people would be able to differentiate the two, they have major differences especially in regard to the ingredients and preparation methods. 

 

What is Flan?

This is a dish with an open sponge base or rimmed pastry that has a savory or sweet filling. It originated from Roman cuisine, with the main ingredients being custard, vegetables and pastry, and is served cold. It may be served as a main course or dessert. 

 

What is Cream Caramel?

With an origin from France, Cream caramel is a custard dessert topped with a layer of clear caramel sauce. It is prepared by adding sugar syrup which has been cooked to caramel stage to the mold. The custard base is then added. In most places, it is cooked I the oven in a water bath or in a bain-marie on a stove top. It is then served with caramel sauce, as a dessert, and can be served when cold or warm, depending on a person’s preference. 

 

Similarities between Flan and Creme Caramel

  • Both can be served as desserts

 

Differences between Flan and Creme Caramel

  1. Definition of flan vs. creme caramel

Flan is a dish with an open sponge base or rimmed pastry that has a savory or sweet filling. On the other hand, Cream caramel is a custard dessert topped with a layer of clear caramel sauce. 

  1. Origin

Flan originated from the Roman cuisine. On the other hand, cream caramel originated from France. 

  1. Ingredients

While the ingredients are typically similar, the main ingredients in flan are custard, vegetables and pastry. On the other hand, the main ingredient in cream caramel is eggs. 

  1. Served when cold/warm

While flan is served cold, cream caramel may be served cold or warm, depending on a person’s preference. 

  1. Serving

Flan may be served as a main course or dessert. On the other hand, cream caramel is served as dessert. 

Flan vs. Creme Caramel: Comparison Table

 

Summary of Flan vs. Cream Caramel

While flan is a dish with an open sponge base or rimmed pastry that has a savory or sweet filling, cream caramel is a custard dessert topped with a layer of clear caramel sauce. 

 

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