An easy flan recipe that includes lime and coconut, such as the one offered on the website for the Cooking Channel, requires only six ingredients. Preparation time for this flan recipe is estimated at 10 minutes, with an additional 40 minutes of cooking time.
Cooks making coconut flan using the Cooking Channel's recipe begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and boiling a kettle or pot of water on the stove. Cooks then combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon of water in a pan. This mixture is swirled around in the pan over medium-high heat until the sugar turns golden brown. Once the sugar is ready, it is poured into and swirled around an 8-inch cake pan until it coats the bottom and sides.
While the sugar is hardening in the pan, cooks whisk together 2 cups of coconut milk, six eggs, one tablespoon of rum and 1/2 cup of sugar. This mixture is then strained into the cake pan holding the hardened sugar caramel. The zest of two limes, along with 1/2 cup of shredded, toasted coconut are then added to the cake pan and stirred around until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Cooks then place the cake pan inside a roasting pan, and fill the roasting pan with enough boiling water to come about halfway up the sides of the cake pan. The coconut flan is then cooked for 40 minutes, or until it is set, and cooled in the refrigerator for four hours. To remove the coconut flan from the cake pan, a cook first places the cake pan in warm water to loosen the caramel. She then places a large plate on top of the cake pan and flips the combination over.