Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 17, 2011

Sunday Supper: Coconut Flan

Sunday — traditionally the day of rest and relaxation and big dinners with family and friends.  While flan may sound more Mexican, Spanish, or Puerto Rican than Hawaiian, it must be remembered that the cuisine of Hawaii is very diverse.  Flan fits right in, especially when it features coconut, ideal for a Coconut Coast feast.

Why not  try this recipe tonight and make 8 people very happy that it is Sunday.

Coconut Flan

1 c sugar

1/4 c water

2 T Kaua’i rum (optional,  but good!)

1/2 t vanilla extract

1/4 t ground cinnamon

1/8 t ground nutmeg

4 large eggs

1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensesed milk (not evaporated milk; use fat-free if you wish)

1 (14-oz) can coconut milk (use light coconut milk if you wish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8 (6-oz) custard cups with cooking spray and set aside. Combine sugar and water in a small, heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves; stir frequently. Continue cooking for 3 minutes or until golden, stirring constantly. Immediately — and carefully — pour the hot syrup into the custard cups.  Tip the cups quickly, allowing the syrup to coat the bottom.  Set aside to cool completely.

Combine rest of ingredients and whisk until well blended. Divide the custard among the cups, using about 1/2 cup for each.  Place the custard cups in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.  Add hot water to the pan to a depth of about 1 inch.  Bake the custards in their water bath for about 30 minutes or until the center of a custard barely moves when touched with  finger.  Remove from the oven and leave the cups in the baking pan to cool.  When cool, remove from the water and cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

When ready to serve, if you want a great presentation, loosen the edges of the custards with a knife. Place a dessert plate, upside down, on the custard and invert onto the plate.  Do this with each custard cup.  Scrape any syrup from the cups and pour over the custards.  Serve with some fresh fruit (pineapple chunks? mango cubes?) and maybe some shaved coconut.

It is fine to forgo tipping the custard out and simply grabbing a spoon and digging in! What is not to like about a chilled coconut custard on the Coconut Coast?

Happy Sunday!

Come stay with Hula Now and make coconut flan in our units with full kitchens.  You can view all our Kauai vacation rentals at our website:

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Kapaa Sands (units with full kitchens)

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