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For this week’s elimination challenge, Adrien was able to select which ingredient he would be making a dessert with and which ingredient the rest of the contestants would need to make a dessert with. He chose nuts for himself and coffee for everyone else.
Tracy (Espresso Chocolate Cake) and Esther (Coffee Cheesecake) were declared the top 2 and became team captains for the next challenge.
Jennie (Coffee Infused Tart), Max (Torte du Crepes) and Alvin (Coffee Filled Beignets) landed in the bottom 3 with Alvin being the contestant sent home.
Based on my rules, I had to make a dessert featuring coffee. After spending A LOT of time researching in order to find a unique coffee-based dessert, I settled on making Caramelized Coffee Flan. As I had never made flan before, I decided to stick directly to the recipe and it turned out great. Final product is below.
The flan was great! The coffee flavor was subtle and yummy but the texture of flan is not everyone’s cup of tea. While I did not serve it this way, I think it would have been great with some fresh strawberries (or other fruit), which would have cut the richness of the dish. I think this would have played well with the judges, but even though the recipe was fairly simple, I have no idea how I would have been able to produce it within the time frame since it needs to cook for 55 minutes and chill for 8 hours. Overall though, the dessert was a hit.