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This isn’t really flan either

Jonna wrote about How Not to Make Flan , on her blog. She came by the house and shared some with us.It tasted like flan but was dense and heavy.Not a bad first effort.
I recently made this low carb ginger flan without the ginger. Husband says that I cannot call it a flan, he thinks it’s more like a mousse. Refrigerating it for 3 hours really does make a difference, but with one of the liquids being water, I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was a light weight rather than the heavy body of a good Cuban or Mexican flan.

 I am going to try it again this time, I am using coconut milk instead of water. I bought a heavier crema 30% rather than the 20% most media cremas consist of. To humour Husband’s sensibilities, I am calling it coconut cream pudding.

You can make coconut milk from fresh coconuts but I haven’t seen the coconut vendor on his trici for awhile, which leaves either the supermarket or the Mercado. When you buy fresh coconut in the Mercado, the coconut man will open and peel the coco, presenting you with a white ball ready to grate or chop.In the supermarket you have to shell the coco yourself.   I keep dessicated coconut meat on hand for those days when I want curry etc but am too lazy to walk to the Mercado.  Homemade coconut milk  from dried coconut is easy . Start by combining  1/2 cup dried coconut (not the sweetened kind you use for baking) with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it sit until it cools a bit and then pulse in the blender. If it’s really hot when you pulse it, the lid pops off the blender, scalding you and spraying everything with hot liquid and coconut. So pulse it a few times before you liquefy and hold the lid down.  Let it sit for 20 minutes to half an hour before you strain it.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Jonna,yes, I have a small convection oven on the terraza. Keeps the heat outside where it belongs. The ginger flan is more like a mouse than a flan though, much lighter. I also put the crockpot outside sometimes, not that it creates much heat compared to an oven.


  2. You have an oven on the terrace don’t you? I haven’t tried again with the flan because I haven’t wanted to turn on the oven. Maybe tonight after it cools off a bit.

    I like the idea of the ginger flan, and I have some fresh ginger. I must make some macaroons though because the egg whites are mounting up.

  3. must be the day for typos I meant you’re right, not your right…


  4. Contessa, I haven’t seen coconut milk at Mega, what I have seen there and at Costco is coconut cream which is heavily sweeten with sugar. I think your right,it’s for drinks like pina coladas.Costco also has coconut water in the refreshment section. We love to drink that,but on Isla you can probably buy the young coconuts, chilled and ready to drink. Yummm.

  5. oops..meant to write, I don’t think the coconut milk you buy at Mega….

  6. Hmmmm, then I would have to pack a blender to the Isla. I just unpacked 6 cans of coconut milk that went there and now back to Canada. I don’t like the coconut milk you buy at say Mega is the same as I my canned stuff, it is sweetened for drinks, si?

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