Coconut flan


For today I made flan de coco in Spanish, that it translates to coconut flan. In Spain flans are very popular. The most popular are vanilla and egg flan. I will definitely make them! It’s a very popular dessert, and its something very easy to make.

The beauty of flans is that you can give them any shape! Make them individuals, or in a big mold as a cake; round, rectangular. I like individual flans. I used this mold that its about 2 inches tall. I got them in Spain, well… let’s say that I stole them from my mom’s kitchen 🙂 but you can easily buy them in the U.S.

Using my mold it makes 8 flans. It’s easy to cut the recipe in half if you just want 4.

Hands on; 20 minutes

Total time: 2 hours


For the flan:

– 2 cups whole milk

– 1 cup shredded coconut

– 4 eggs

– 1/2 cup granulated sugar

– Lemon rind

For the caramel:

– 4 tablespoons of sugar

– 1 tablespoon water

For the caramel; 

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, wash any sugar crystals from side of pan with a brush in cold water.

Immediately pour into ramekins/mold and spread the caramel  to coats the bottom of each mold.

Caramel is ready!

For the flan;

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a bowl mix the milk and the coconut. In another bowl whisk the eggs and the sugar. In a saucepan on a medium heat mix the milk mixture and the lemon rind. Stir.

Meanwhile, in a large roasting pan with 1 inch of water on the bottom of the pan put it in the oven for about  3 minutes. Once done, turn the oven down to 300F.

Once the milk mixture boils, remove the lemon rind, add the milk mixture into the egg mixture. Stir and pour it into the ramekins/mold.

In the oven

Put the ramekins into the roasting pan. Don’t throw the water away. Cook in the oven for 1h 30 minutes (With a toothpick check the flans after 60 minutes, they might be done).


Let them cool down and ready to serve!

Bon profit!

Coconut flan

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Bon profit!

14 thoughts on “Coconut flan

  1. I’ve tried making Flan at my college cooking class, that time I wasn’t knowing it’s a Spanish recipe but after-all it came out to be delicious one. Thanks for sharing will surely try it at home. Thanks Ivette

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