Coconut Flan

I had just made a double batch of coconut cake with seven minute frosting for my sister-in-law’s birthday and had some egg yolks left over from making the frosting. I decided to make leche flan but when I checked the cupboard, I realized I didn’t have any condensed milk. I had coconut milk though, so I decided to experiment. It came out ok, I just ended up cooking it longer than usual as I had put it in a small soufle’ dish and it was deeper than usual; and I’m not sure if the proportions I used had too much liquids in it. Anyways, it took about two hours before it looked like it had set. Next time, I will probably use a shallower dish and reduce the cream to one cup. This time, here is the proportions I used. I also used egg yolks only this time around, but 6 whole eggs will also do if you don’t want to waste the egg whites.

BTW, the coconut flavor was a nice change.

For the caramel:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

For the custard:
1 can (13.5 oz) Coconut Milk
2 cups heavy cream
8 egg yolks (or 6 whole eggs)
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Pinch of Salt

Place the coconut milk and cream in a pan and scald (heat without boiling). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until blended. Add about half a cup of the warmed cream mixture to temper the eggs, mix, then add the rest of the warm cream.

To make the caramel, place the sugar, water and juice in a pan and bring to a boil. Let it boil until it starts to thicken and the color turns amber. Pour the syrup into the soufle’ dish or any pan you intend to use for cooking the flan, and swirl until the sides and bottom of the pan is coated with syrup which will soon harden.

Pour the custard mixture through a fine sieve (to remove any solids remaining) into the pan. Cover the dish loosely with foil and place in a larger pan with hot water (bain maire). Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree F oven for 2 hours or until the flan is set.

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9 comments on “Cocoflan
  1. maiylah says:

    that’s interesting! i wonder how different the taste would be, from the original recipe.
    thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Pookah says:

    I love to make flan (eat it too!) Looks great, esp the coconut

  3. JMom says:

    hehe! ces, don’t give me any ideas 😛 But seriously, the coconut flavor was very good!

  4. ces says:

    i haven’t had the famous flan with coconut but that sounds good j! i wonder what’s next…saffron? lol!the photo speaks for itself, yummy!

  5. JMom says:

    hi chas, thank you! I hope you do try it. It’s really good especially if you like coconuts 🙂

  6. chase says:

    Wow that is something! I will definitely try this one then. It looks beautiful by the way Jmom!

  7. JMom says:

    hi meeya, yeah, definitely very easy to make. I could make it more often but I just feel so guilty eating it! pero sarap parin, syempre 🙂

    Try the coconut flavor. It’s actually pretty good, but I would cut the amount of creme down if I were you, especially if you like your flan on the dense side like Pinoy style. This is softer in texture, like the latin types 😉

  8. MrsPartyGirl says:

    hi jmom, over here in charlotte (well, at least among our circle of friends) i’m known as the leche flan lady – not that i make the best flan, but because i always bring flan to parties due to fact that it’s the easiest dessert i could always whip up 😀

    para maiba naman, i might just try this 🙂 i’ll also try the possible adjustments you mentioned. i’ll let you know 🙂

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