Flan is my family’s all-time favorite dessert. No other treat can compete with the sweet and smooth experience that a flan provides. My husband and I both have a huge emotional attachment to flan because we grew up eating it as a perfect ending to the multiple course meals commonly eaten in Spain.
Flan is relished by nearly all Central American and South American countries as well as Spain, which influenced the new world with this traditional postre. Flan actually originated in France – with roots in Roman times – as crème caramel.
Today I bring you an airy Coconut Flan. Infused with coconut flavor, it’s a twist on the typical vanilla flan and uses fat free sweetened condensed milk. Coconut milk replaces regular milk in this recipe making it an interesting and summery version of this Latin favorite. You can also use other flavors like lemon, guava, strawberry or even plantain to infuse a little summer into your flan.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cans (13.5 fluid ounces each) coconut milk
- 1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 5 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Whipped cream
- Toasted flaked sweetened coconut
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
HEAT sugar in small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until dissolved and caramel-colored. Pour onto bottom of 9-inch-round cake pan; quickly swirl around bottom to coat.
PLACE coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and coconut extract in blender; cover. Blend for 5 seconds. Pour into prepared pan; cover lightly with foil. Place pan in large roasting pan; fill roasting pan with warm water to about 1-inch depth.
BAKE for 1 hour, 25 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove flan from water. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
TO SERVE, run small spatula around edge of pan. Invert serving plate over pan. Turn over; shake gently to release. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.
Try one for a family gathering (or just for yourself) and let me know your best concoction!