Creme Caramel (aka flan) is basically a sweet custard dish. This recipe has a bit of a twist to the usual European dessert. It’s probably one of the easiest desserts to make and looks great!

Serves 6
400ml can coconut milk
6 eggs, lightly whisked
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
grated lime zest to serve

Preheat oven to 160c. Combine the white sugar and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves (about 2 minutes). Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Boil without stirring until the sugar turns to a golden color. Pour the caramel mixture evenly among 6 (2/3 cup) oven proof ramekins. Set aside until set.

Whisk until well combined the coconut milk, milk, egg, brown sugar and vanilla paste in a large bowl. Pour this mixture over the caramel mixture in the ramekins. Place ramekins in a pan and pour enough boiling water to reach halfway up the side of the ramekins. Bake 34-40 minutes or until the custards are just set. Remove from pan and let cool on a rack. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 hours. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the ramekins and carefully turn onto serving plates. Sprinkle with grated lime zest.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: For added flavor, toast some shredded coconut and sprinkle on top of the creme caramel.


  1. Lydia on January 21, 2007 at 12:53

    Flan is my husband’s absolutely favorite dessert, and I’ve always been afraid to make it. Yours looks absolutely beautiful, so maybe I’ll muster my courage….

  2. Kalyn on January 21, 2007 at 16:29

    What a fantastic variation on regular flan.

  3. Anonymous on January 21, 2007 at 16:35

    This is so pretty! I love the idea of the coconut.

  4. wheresmymind on January 22, 2007 at 18:12

    I wish my wife dug deserts of this consistency!

  5. Anonymous on January 22, 2007 at 23:25

    Oh wow this sounds fantastic!

  6. The Culinary Chase on January 22, 2007 at 23:42

    Lydia, go ahead & try the recipe! You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!

    Thanks Kalyn, Rachel, wheresmymind & Rachel for your comments! Cheers!