Almond Coconut Flans
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 3-1/2 cups whole milk
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 3 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut
- In a small heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook 1 cup sugar until it begins to melt. Gently pull melted sugar to the center of the pan so sugar melts evenly. Cook, without stirring, until dark reddish-brown, 10-15 minutes. Quickly pour into eight ungreased 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups, tilting to coat bottoms. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat milk until bubbles form around sides of saucepan. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, salt and remaining sugar. Stir 1 cup warm milk into egg mixture; return all to pan and mix well. Add extracts. Slowly pour into prepared dishes.
- Place ramekins in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until centers are just set (mixture will jiggle). Remove ramekins from water bath; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.
- Carefully, run a knife around edge of dishes to loosen; invert each dish onto a rimmed serving dish.
- In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Drizzle over flans. Sprinkle with almonds and coconut. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 381 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (60g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.
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Jul 8, 2018
As a Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor, it brings me great pleasure to review this recipe. It can't be beat for flavor and ease of assembly! I used vanilla extract instead of coconut. I also left off the chocolate drizzle. I opted to put toasted coconut on the entire flan and then nuts on only half in case there were allergies in the crowd. At the Mexican-themed event I attended, it was the star of the dessert line up. My only complaint is that it was very watery. Since I made two, I flipped the first one upside down and got liquidy sweetness all over my stove. With the second one, pictured, I left it in the casserole dish, scooped out a taste from the middle (covering it up with berries when served!...had to make sure it was fully baked!) and it worked just as well if not better than the flip. I also covered it with foil instead of baking it in a boiling water bath. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful recipe. I'd make it again!
May 20, 2011
coconut flan is over the top; It has replaced cheesecake as my fav dessert.