S2E7 (Elimination) – Dessert

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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.

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Tracy (Espresso Chocolate Cake) and Esther (Coffee Cheesecake) were declared the top 2 and became team captains for the next challenge.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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