Rich, silky-smooth, and with a hint of tropical flavor, this coconut flan is a delicious sweet treat that’s a sure crowd-pleaser.
Other than these tasty flavors, I also have delicious mash-ups pairing the custard with other Filipino classics like ube halaya and graham cake. Make sure to check them out and treat yourself to two-in-desserts!
What sets this coconut custard from our traditional flan is that part of the evaporated milk is swapped with coconut milk. It also uses whole eggs for less waste, and the caramel topping is done in the microwave for less work.
How to make caramel
You can caramelize the sugar in a saucepan on the stovetop using the dry or wet method. The quickest and easiest way, however, is in the microwave.
- To accurately gauge the change in color, use a clear or light-colored microwave-safe bowl.
- Remove the caramel from the microwave a share lighter than desired as it will continue to cook and darken in the residual heat. Go for a honey-gold tone as the caramel bitters as the color deepens.
- Pour in the ramekins immediately as it will thicken and harden as it cools.
Coconut custard mixture
- For another layer of flavor, add ground cinnamon to taste.
- Stir in one direction to keep from introducing too many bubbles in the mixture. Gently tap the ramekins on the counter to release any trapped air pockets.
- Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve to remove any stray egg whites for a smooth consistency.
- If baking the flan in the oven, makes sure to use a water bath for a gentle and even cooking temperature. If steaming, cook low and slow to prevent from overheating or overcooking the custard which may result in a coarse consistency.
- I used 1-cup size ramekins but you also use round cake or bundt pan, llaneras, or muffin tins.
How to serve
- Flan de coco is best served chilled. Enjoy as a midday snack or after-meal dessert.
- Top with toasted shredded coconut or sweetened macapuno strings for an extra special treat.
- The custard will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store in the ramekins and covered in foil or transfer in a container with a tight-fitting lid to extend freshness.