Cocada imperial (imperial coconut flan)
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Cocada imperial (imperial coconut flan)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:16:55 AM. Recipe ID 47043. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Cocada imperial (imperial coconut flan)
 Categories: Desserts, Mexican
      Yield: 6 Servings
      2 c  Milk
    3/4 c  Granulated sugar
      1    Small coconut
      5    Small eggs, separated
           Pinch   salt
           Flan mold coated with
       Preheat the oven to 450F.
       Place the sugar and milk in a heavy saucepan and melt the sugar
  over low heat, then raise the heat and boil the mixture briskly. Take
  care that it does not boil over. As soon as the mixture begins to
  thicken, stir it so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  After about 30 minutes it should be the consistency of thin condensed
  milk and has been reduced to 1 cup.  See Note.
       Pierce holes through two of the "eyes" of the coconut and drain
  the water from it.  Set the water aside.
       Put the whole coconut into the oven for about 8 minutes. Crack it
  open; the flesh should come away quite easily from the shell.
       Pare the brown skin from the coconut flesh with a potato peeler.
  Grate the coconut finely.  You will need 2 1/4 cups, loosely packed,
  for the flan.
       Add the grated coconut to the reserved coconut water and boil it
  for about 5 minutes, stirring it constantly.
       Add the "condensed" milk and continue cooking for another 5
  minutes. Set the mixture aside to cool.
       Beat the egg yolks together until they are creamy and stir them
  well into the coconut mixture.
       Beat the egg whites until they are frothy, add the salt and
  continue beating until they are stiff. Fold them into the mixture.
       Pour the mixture into the prepared mold.  Cover the mold with a
  well-greased lid and place into a water bath.
       Cook the flan on the lowest shelf of the oven for about 1 1/2
  hours, then test to see if it is done. When it is done, set it aside
  to cool.
  Makes 6 servings.
       Of course, you can substitute1 cup of lightly thinned canned,
  sweetened condensed milk for the milk and sugar and substitute
  pre-grated but unsweetened coconut. Use milk instead of coconut
  water; the flavor will just not be quite as good.
       Do not think you have done something wrong when you see that the
  coconut and custard have separated. That is how it is meant to be. The
  caramel will nearly all have been absorbed by the spongy layer of
       If you are using fresh coconut there will almost certainly be
  some left over.  It will keep perfectly well if frozen.
       To test to see if the flan is cooked through, insert the blade
  of a knife or a skewer well into the flan. The knife should come out
  clean. Take care not to pierce the flan at the bottom or it will
  spoil the appearance of the top when it is unmolded.
  From: The Cuisines of Mexico; Diana Kennedy; ISBN 0-06-091561-7
  Posted by Fred Peters.

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Recipe ID 47043 (Apr 03, 2005)

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