Nespresso Cup Quesillo (Flan)

In an effort to celebrate the limited edition Nicaragua capsule; La Cumplida Refinada, I thought of using this unique Master Origins coffee by Nespresso to create a popular Latin American dessert. I think the most amazing thing about this recipe is that it yields just one serving! So if you are a single, health conscious, middle-aged bachelor like myself, then this will be the perfect serving size for you.

  • You will need:
    • Custard:
      • 1 shot of Nespresso
      • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
      • 1 egg
      • 100 ml milk
    • Caramel
      • 2 Tbsp sugar
      • 1 Tbsp water
    • Milk Foam:
      • 100 ml milk, frothed in a Nespresso’s Rapid Cappuccino system or Aeroccino
      • sprinkle of coco powder (optional)
  • How to make it:
    1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and caramelize the mixture until it reaches a pleasant, dark amber color.
    2. Remove it from the heat and pour the hot caramel into a mug. Careful with that stuff, it is scalding HOT!
    3. Mix the egg, sweetened condensed milk, milk and Nespresso shot in a jug until the mixture is homogenous.
    4. Pour the custard mixture into the mug over the caramel.
    5. Over to the stove. Place the mug in a saucepan that is filled with hot water, reaching about half-way up the sides of the mug.
    6. Turn the heat on and as soon as the water starts reaching a rapid boil, turn the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid.
    7. Cook the flan for 40 to 45 minutes. Then take the mug out of the saucepan and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours to set.
    8. Once the flan is cooled and set in the cup, you may top it off with some whipped cream or some frothed milk from the Nespresso machine. Enjoy!

The added foam and sprinkle of Coco powder which is completely optional, but I thought it would be a nice twist to make the cup look deceptively like a Nespresso drink. 😅

Now let’s quickly talk about Quesillo! The funny thing is that I didn’t know this fact about the word Quesillo before I created the recipe. Quesillo in Nicaragua refers to a corn tortilla that is filled with a soft cheese (as seen in the photo). In Venezuela it means custard flan (as also seen in the photo, with my Nespresso twist)! Other Latin American countries have different foods that they also refer to as Quesillo, which simply translates to “little cheese”. So this photo accidentally hit two birds with one stone and presented you with two different Quesillos; one from Nicaragua and the other from Venezuela. 🙂


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