Check out Doreen Colondres' fail proof recipe for a traditional Latino dessert, Flan de Coco.
1 can of condensed milk
1 can of coconut milk (if it’s organic, it is tastier)
5 eggs (the organic ones taste better also)
2 cups of sugar
Coconut Flakes (sweetened or unsweetened, that’s up to you)
A few drops of lime and a few drops of water
This is a very simple and delicate version of a coconut flan. Be ready to cheat if you are in diet!
1. Mix the eggs in a bowl and add both cans of milk. Once it’s all mixed let it settle for a bit while you make the caramel.
2. In a small pan at medium heat pour the 2 cups of sugar, add 4 drops of lime and 4 of water. Start stirring and don’t stop until it’s completely melted to a golden brown color. This is not the time to be doing 50 different things in the kitchen, you have to devote all your attention to the caramel because one second past the golden brown point and the sugar will burn.
3. Pour caramel into a mold, making sure to cover the bottom completely.
4. Once the caramel has settled, add the mixture we prepared of eggs and coconut milk on top.
5. Now its ready to go into the oven. But before you cook it, you have to prepare a Baño de María. Perhaps Mary had a very nice tub and she liked to submerge in hot water. Don’t ask me why, I just know that’s the name! Here's how to make it:
A. Fill another, larger mold than the one holding the custard with water about half way.
B. Place the mold with the flan mix into the larger container. The flan mold should have water around and be covered 3/4 of the way up.
6. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Before taking it out, insert a knife into the mix. If it comes out clean, it’s ready!
7. Let the flan sit until it cools down to room temperature.
8. Then you are going to insert a knife around the edges and separate the mix from the mold very carefully.
9. Chill in refrigerator until it is cold.
To serve, flip mold upside down on a flat plate and decorate it with the coconut flakes.
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