Monday, April 16, 2012

Coconut Flan and My Dinner Club

Oh man….was this amazing!

Dinner club dinners, Easter, birthdays, a wedding, a first communion, grandchildren visiting and visiting grandchildren...all seem to add up to a terribly busy April! Even though I decided to skip last fridays pick (Sardine Rillettes) for French Friday; it really had more to do with the crazy month I was having and not my aversion to sardines(yuck).
So I’m looking forward to May. Things should be a bit quieter and I might actually have some time to get my garden started. First though, I will be heading south this week for my grandson’s first communion!

Last week my dinner club got together for our monthly, or almost monthly dinner. Our hosts this month chose a Caribbean theme. Their son just got married to a lovely girl from Trinidad and she had given them a Caribbean cookbook. They made a fantastic traditional “pelau" for our main course along with a pork dish. One of the other couples contributed a delicious creamy corn chowder soup and the appetizers. My assignment was a dessert to compliment our dinner. Something tropical. Something that had Caribbean written all over it!  Ahh what to make? I found some really delicious looking recipes; however, I happen to love flan! So, when I came across a recipe for Coconut Flan I had to make it! The recipe was from Goya and not labor intensive. That alone was a good reason to give it a try.
Melting the sugar for the bottoms of the ramekins was the most time consuming, but it still only took about 10 minuets. I swirled it continuously so that it would not burn. As it turned golden I removed it from the heat and poured it into the ramekins. I then beat the eggs with the rest of the ingredients and poured it over the sugar. I put them in a large pan and poured enough hot water into the pan so that it came  halfway up the sides of the ramekins. The water bath is very important to a flan. It defuses the heat of the oven to gently cook the custard. This is what gives the custard its smooth texture.
Oh, and something else! I decided to toast some coconut so that I could sprinkle it over the top of the flans when I served them. I learned a few things that I never knew…first coconut burns very fast….very, very fast...watch it carefully! Secondly, I found out my oven (which I have had for at least 8 years) has a built in fire alarm….who knew?


Continue to shake pan until it turns a golden color
Sugar browned just right!
Put ramekins into pan with hot water and bake
Coconut toasted just right

This is what you don’t want to do!! 
Smooth, creamy and so delicious! 
If you are a lover of flan…this one is for you!
Delicious Pelau


Coconut Flan                                                                                             From Goya Foods

serves 8

Prep time: 15 min. 
Total time: 1 hr. 30min., plus cooling time

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 cup cream of coconut
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract


Directions

1. Heat oven to 325°F. In a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Using a wet pastry brush, wipe off any sugar that sticks to the sides of the pan. Cook, without stirring, swirling the pan, until the syrup turns golden brown, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour the hot caramel into eight 4 oz. ramekins; set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, using a whisk, beat the eggs until completely combined. Whisk in the cream of coconut, condensed milk, coconut milk and vanilla until smooth. Divide the egg mixture evenly among ramekins.

3. Place ramekins in a shallow baking dish and place in the middle rack of the oven. Pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins; cover with aluminum foil. Bake until the Flan is set but still wiggly in the center, 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. Using tongs, carefully remove the ramekins from the water. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.

4. When ready to serve, gently run butter knife around edges and invert onto serving plates. Garnish with raspberries and mint leaves, if desired.



24 comments:

  1. Your coconut flan looks amazing! Sooo yummy and pretty!

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  2. Just beautiful, Kathy! I love coconut!

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  3. Wonderful! That looks delicious - I love coconut and the Paleau looks really tasty too!

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  4. Your Coconut Flan looks delicious:) What a fabulous dessert - coconut is one of my favorites. MMM.

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  5. How delicious is this dessert! Please call over to my blog, I have something for you!

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  6. You have been very busy this month. However, with all the festivities, it is a good excuse to create in the kitchen. Your flan does look fabulous! This is something I have never tried, sigh-it is on the to do list. Pretty cool that your oven has the alarm, I did not even know it was an option.
    Enjoy your grandson's communion and have a safe trip!

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  7. Lovely meal!!! The flan looks perfect!!

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  8. I have a bottle of coconut milk in my fridge waiting for a coconut flan recipe! I had a few recipes, but can´t find them easily. This is a great one; the condensed milk in flan is just heaven!
    How did the blackened coconut taste? Maybe you could start a trend!

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  9. o my...that looks heavenly! I am going to make this too, hopefully SOON!

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  10. I adore flan. This is above and beyond and scrumptious.

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  11. Oh, my! That really is some burnt coconut flakes. Great looking flan!

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  12. I love, love flan and we have it at most every family get together because it is my sister-in-law's specialty. Your coconut flan looks fabulous. I also have a niece's holy communion this coming Sunday. Hope things do settle down for you soon, but it sounds like it has been a lot of fun activity for you. That pelau also looks delicious.

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  13. Dear Kathy, This flan looks absolutely delicious. Perfecto! Blessings, Catherine xo

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  14. Kathy, I'm kinda into coconut this month with the FFWD Coconut Friands this week. So, I think I will pick up some cream of coconut and try to make this flan. I LOVE flans. Oh, heck, I love about anything as long as it goes into my mouth and has lotsa calories! Mary

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  15. I recently made flans for the first time. My daughter those this dessert for her birthday. It is so delicious. A bit tricky for me to make but the second attempt came out well. I love the addition of the coconut on top. Have a wonderful time with the events of your grandchildren!

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  16. Your coconut flan looks amazing ... thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm pinning it now so I can remember that I want to try it!! :)

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  17. This coconut flan looks so good! I love coconut, I must make this sometime!

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  18. WOW! This looks way so much better than sardine rillettes. This is one I want to make! Your photo at the top is so mouth watering!!!

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  19. Oh, I miss my dinner club! What a fabulous menu...and I bet your coconut flan was the star of the night :)

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  20. it looks fantastic! I've never though about coconut flan, have you made cajeta or corn flan? they are amazing

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  21. I love flan! Can I join your dinner club please? :)

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  22. What a fantastic dessert - it looks SO creamy - in fact dreamy!
    Mary x

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  23. Flan is my all-time favorite dessert. I love the addition of coconut also! I'll have to give this one a try.

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