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White Chocolate Coconut Flan

Traditional flan gets all dressed up when you add white and semisweet chocolate, plus a sprinkling of toasted coconut. It’s a special dessert everyone will love. —Tyffanie Perez, Springville, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • FLAN:
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • GARNISHES:
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Semisweet chocolate and white baking chocolate, melted

Directions

  • In a large heavy skillet, combine sugar and water; stir gently to moisten all the sugar. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved, gently swirling pan occasionally. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Uncover pan; continue to boil and gently swirl pan until syrup turns a light amber color, about 3 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and quickly pour into an ungreased shallow 10-in. round baking dish, tilting to coat bottom of pan. Place dish in a large baking pan; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the coconut milk, cream and cinnamon until bubbles form around sides of saucepan. Stir in baking chips until melted. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, until blended. Stir 1 cup warm milk mixture into egg mixture; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Add extracts. Slowly pour into prepared dish. Add 3/4 in. of boiling water to larger pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until center is just set (mixture will jiggle). Remove baking pan from water bath; cool for 1 hour. Chill overnight.
  • To serve flan, carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; invert onto a rimmed serving dish. Top with coconut flakes. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

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