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The Eatery's toasted coconut honey flan

The Eatery's toasted coconut honey flan
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: I was at Claud & Co. Eatery in Pasadena. The food was all wonderful, but its coconut flan was to die for: toasted coconut in the lightest, tastiest flan. Can you get the recipe? Maggie Edmondson Via email ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours | Serves 10
  • 2 cups sweetened and shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1 quart plus 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

Step 2Spread the coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until the coconut is a light golden color, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring halfway for even coloring. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 3Prepare the caramel: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine one-half cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and the corn syrup with enough water to moisten the sugar to a wet sand-like consistency. Place the pan over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar is melted to a syrup and turns a rich golden color, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately divide the syrup among 10 (8-ounce) ramekins, swirling the caramel to line the base of each. Set the ramekins aside

Step 4In a small heavy pot, combine the cream, vanilla, 1 cup of the toasted coconut and the cinnamon sticks. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat without scorching, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 5While the cream is heating, whisk together the eggs, honey and remaining one-half cup sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

Step 6Slowly ladle the heavy cream 1 ladle at a time into the mixing bowl with the eggs, whisking constantly, until all of the cream has been added and the mixture is fully combined. Strain through a fine sieve, discarding the cinnamon sticks and any solids. Divide the custard base among the caramel-lined ramekins to just below the rim. Divide the remaining toasted coconut among the ramekins.

Step 7Place the ramekins in a roasting pan (you may need to cook these in batches), leaving a couple of inches between each ramekin, and place the roasting pan in the oven. Carefully fill the roasting pan with enough hot water to come two-thirds up the sides of the ramekins.

Step 8Bake the ramekins until they jiggle just slightly when tapped, about 1 hour. Carefully remove the pans from the oven and cool the custards, then cover and refrigerate the custards at least 4 hours to set (the custards can be refrigerated up to 2 days).

Step 9To serve, run a small knife around the custards to loosen. To unmold, carefully invert a small plate over each custard, then flip the custard and plate over, shaking the custard to dislodge it from the ramekin (if the custards are stuck, carefully run the base of each ramekin over a low flame on the stove-top to warm the caramel). Serve immediately.


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