Lulu’s Salty Caramel Banana Coconut Flan Serves: 6 to 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes active, 1 ½ hours baking
2 cups milk 3 eggs 1 egg yolk ¾ cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut 2 banana’s pureed in the cuisinart or mashed well 1 cinnamon stick, or ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon 1 large piece of lemon zest 1 tablespoon rum 1 tsp vanilla (can be mexican or vanilla bean paste) extract 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Put the milk in a medium saucepan with the lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and rum. Slowly bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off the stove. Pour into a bowl and let cool.
You will need some custard cups or ramekins suitable for the oven. You don’t necessarily need flan cups, but something about 3” wide by about 2” tall. In a small non-stick skillet, spread out ¼ cup of the sugar. This is for the caramel to go in the custard cup or ramekin. Heat the sugar carefully and it will start to melt. Stir until you get a nice golden brown color. Pour about ½ tablespoon into each cup and tilt the cup to spread the caramel to cover the bottom of each cup. Work fast as the caramel will harden quickly!
Now in a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, ½ cup of sugar,1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, banana’s,vanilla and salt. Beat until foamy. Pour the cooled milk through the strainer to remove the extra bits. Mix the milk and egg mixtures together well.