Desserts and cookies

Flan de coco

By on April 27, 2018

flan de coco, coconut flan

Patio and terrace season!  Spring has been shy but I do believe that it’s slowly showing up and promising some nice days

Cinco de Mayo is also around the corner and a perfect excuse to organize a friend gathering, a nice potluck on a theme! How fun! (Why don’t we have emojis around here?!) #reallifeproblem

If you are in charge of dessert, Flan de coco will be it! I got you covered. It’s simple, most likely you have all ingredients in your pantry. Does not require too much of your time so you can relax and sip on a Margarita while it’s in the oven.

Easy as ”Un, dos, tres”

The steps are easy! The eggs are beaten, the 2 milks are added and the coconut and hop it goes in the oven! Easy right?

So simple that it’s definitely a recipe that allows you to get the kids in the kitchen! Mine were in charge of beating the eggs and pouring the milk. Easy enough and not to long of a task so you still have their attention.

Coconut flan

This flan de coco is lighter that the Cuban flan I shared with you in the past. I used more milk (2%) with the condensed milk and it made lighter and more fluffy after being baked.

Also, the Cuban flan has a caramel but I didn’t make any for it with this dessert, it makes it less sweet. I choose to garnish with toasted coconut. It adds more texture.

Also, I should confess…

This flan de coco recipe is actually a fail from what I had in mind but turned out great. All the test tasters approved.

So what is the fail? The coconut went right to the bottom BUT it create some sort of crust at the bottom, or a layer I should say. It was just perfect.

Coconut flan
Flan de coco

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 portions

Ingredients

  • - 5 eggs
  • - 1 can of condensed milk
  • - 500ml of milk (I used 2%)
  • - 1 cup of shredded coconut (prepared as 3/4 and 1/4 of a cup)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk. Stir. Then, add the condensed milk. Add a portion of the shredded coconut (3/4 of a cup). Stir again.
  3. Pour in a round oven dish, I used a T-Fal pot but any 9-inch round pan would work, make sure it's high enough.
  4. Bake in a bain-marie for 35-40 minutes. To check if it is ready, insert a knife in, if it comes out clean. You've done it!
  5. Broil in the oven 2 minutes the rest of the coconut or until golden. Use for garnish.

Notes

Bain-marie: Place your dish/pot on a baking sheet and fill the baking sheet with water. Your flan will cook without drying.

http://bonappeteat.ca/2018/04/27/flan-de-coco/
Also, I used my favorite T-Fal Ingenio to make this flan. It’s non-stick and it makes baking quite easy. I first bought this pots and pans when I lived in a condo and had little storage and I love how they stack on each other and the removable handle! I adopted them and the rest is history!

 

More inspiration latino:

Garbanzos

Picadillo or using its leftover

 

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Irresistible vegan hemp dates bites

By on March 23, 2018

Hemp. Dates. Bites. BAM! Vegan, healthy, sweet, nutty, flavorful, quick, no bake. Can you resist? I don’t think you need more reasons to give it a try?

Also, hemp seeds are my new obsession! Eating a salad? Add some hemp. A yogurt? Let’s sprinkle some hemp. Snacking on a banana? Dip it in some hemp.  The nutty taste is the perfect addition to my meal or snack? Have you tried them yet? The idea of using the sweetness of the dates, the flavor of the coconut and the aroma of the prune materialize quickly into this yummy snacks. I wanted to prepare some small bites to satisfy my cravings, I had to keep in mind that my work is a nut-free environment. Naturally, hemp seeds came to my mind since you can get the nutty taste and respecting the rules.

Dattes hemp energy bites

Ready in a flash

That’s my main argument here for this hemp dates bite size. The preparation is easy, you toss it all in the food processor and shape the little balls. Just roll them in the hemp seeds and voilà!

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Healthy vegan chocolate tartelettes

By on August 21, 2017

Do you have a sweet tooth and need your sugar fix after lunch? I got you covered! I have some sweetness and chocolate for you. Also, if you are vegetarian, vegan, it’s a keeper. Otherwise, it’s a keeper anyway! I know, I rock.
I’m talking tartelettes tasting like heaven and not staying on your hips!



It’s small, grab one!

In fact, this tartelettes will satisfy your craving and not give you bad conscience. Come on, admit it, don’t you feel bad after eating a bad chocolate bar just because? You can tell me, it’s me! Because, I do. After lunch, I generally look for that little something sweet that will mark the end of the meal. A nice expresso don’t always work, sometimes it calls for nice piece of chocolate to go with it.

Since we only live once and I own my curves, I indulge! However, I will try to make smart choices and Ta-da, now you have my healthy vegan chocolate tartelettes.

I used the lids of my mason jars as mold and it makes the perfect size for a treat! I got this idea from Dessert for 2, Christina is always so creative.

There is no sugar added and yet it is sweet. The figs and raisins are doing all the job. The combination of the nutty taste of the walnut and the chocolate will make ask for more!

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French Chocolate Pot de crème

By on July 8, 2017

chocolate pot de creme

Chocolate Pot de crème. French dessert? French name? This sounds fancy! Don’t you feel that it will impress a crowd? If anything, it will please a crowd and that’s actually the most important. I truly think you can go wrong with chocolate, any season, any time of the day, any gender, any age, it’s a magic word!

Cho-co-lat.

Ouh lala! Also, a pot de crème is the cousin of the crème brûlée and the brother of la crème aux oeufs.

Not only it’s the decadent dessert you’ll want to do again soon as you bring the first spoon to your mouth but also because it’s so simple you’ll want to make a ‘pot de crème’ to your loved ones and use your sexy French accent.

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Chestnut cake

By on March 30, 2015

Chestnut cake or Ardéchois is an amazing recipe that will surprise your guests.  It is easy and will hit the spot at craving-o-clock, what do you think?

I say YES!  I take my coffee black to go with it.

I have been making this recipe for about at least 20  years.  And I am sharing it just now.  I know, I am sorry, you’ll be even more mad at me after you tried it.  Mélanie, why are you giving it just now?  I am sorry.

Oh, I started baking young… Just in case you started crunching numbers to guess my age.

Chestnut cake

This cake is offering moisture, sweetness but not too much, just from the spread.  There is also that buttery nutty taste….

Guys, just try it.   I am torturing myself describing it and I don’t have any to bite into.  Tor-ture. Sight.

If you are not big on chestnut spread, no worries.   Give it a try regardless, chances are you will like it.  Hubby, El Cubano, did.  And other persons have too.  I love chestnut spread, they used to sell it in a tube, like a toothpaste tube but smaller.  I would eat it just like that. J. might remember our recess breaks and my snacks?  This and condensed milk.  Hi Sugar-rush!

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