Caramel-Topped Flan with Dark Rum-Roasted Bananas and Coconut

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Monday, August 25, 2008



Caramel-Topped Flan with Dark Rum-Roasted Bananas and Coconut

Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water

3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup dark rum (I used Bacardi, but Meyers is good)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large bananas, sliced diagonally, about 1/4-inch thick

Sweetened flaked coconut, for sprinkling (toasted or untoasted)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place an 8-inch cake pan into the oven to warm up.

Whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Boil, without stirring, until sugar is golden brown. Pour into hot cake pan (using oven mitts), and swirl to coat bottom of pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar, until well combined.
In a large saucepan, over medium heat heat, bring cream and half-and-half to a simmer; gradually whisk hot cream into eggs, until combined. Whisk in vanilla extract. Using a ladle, skim the foam off the surface of custard.

Pour custard into cake pan, and place pan in a large roasting dish or pan. Add hot water to the roasting pan - enough to come halfway up the sides of cake pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into custard comes out clean. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, make the Dark Rum-Roasted Bananas: melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, rum and salt; bring mixture to a boil, and boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until thickened and bubbly. Add bananas to pan, and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until softened and well coated.

Invert flan onto a serving platter. Spoon bananas on top of flan, and sprinkle with coconut.

Makes 6-8 servings

49 comments on "Caramel-Topped Flan with Dark Rum-Roasted Bananas and Coconut"
  1. So I've made a brulee, but haven't yet attempted a flan or crema catalana. Obviously, this means it's a must. In the name of research, of course.
    Thank you for putting me right.

    ;)

    p/s
    Caramel anything rocks!

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  2. Never something Ive attempted before. Looks fab and Im sure it tasted just as good.

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  3. I love anything with bananas, and your header is AWESOME!

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  4. So many custards so little time Emiline! Whatever you call it, it looks awesome...the bananas and coconut are a nice touch. Loving the new blue design on the blog as well.

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  5. I'm with you totally girl. I absolutely dig creme brulee best. I never order flan in a restaurant because of that whole eggy feel it usually has. BUT... my Peruvian friend came to dinner last weekend and brought the most amazing flan with her. I'm now a flan fan (couldn't resist that cheesy rhyme... you understand). The banana topping sounds like a yummy addition!

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  6. Wow, thanks for the education on custards. I didn't know any of that. I've never made any of them but I think I have tried one of them, I think it was Crème brûlée.
    I think I would like all of them though. I love eggs, so I would probably like the flan.

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  7. I grew up on flan, there was not a party that flan didn't make an appearence! Today I'm more for the creamier creme brulée with the crunchy caramel!Don´t be too hard on the poor flan, he still has it's charm, specially if you put some coconut bananas on top!

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  8. I like them all. Another delicious dessert! I wish I could stop by and have some!

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  9. I love your new header!! Very playful, very you.
    Creme caramel just might be my all time favorite dessert; however, overcooking makes it eggy and not nice at all. It's a tricky one.

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  10. Never made flan before but it looks interesting.

    I like the new look of your blog.

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  11. The flans we have here are made with sweetened condensed milk and they are delicious. I think this version of yours is even more luscious, Emiline - I love anything bananas + caramel!

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  12. You really jazzed up this flan dessert! It looks so delicious!

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  13. it's a beautiful dessert, but i'm with you--i'll take the topping and leave the flan for someone else. :)

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  14. I take all versions bit I want that rum roasted banana topping!

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  15. Nice custard lesson.
    And you've got me drooling over the caramel banana combo. One of my favorites!

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  16. Love your toppings! Way to dress that flan up and make it look pretty!

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  17. I am so with you - love love crème brûlée, not a big fan of flan. The caramel, rum-roasted bananas and coconut sound good enough to make me a convert though!

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  18. Holy cow! Now this looks like dessert! In fact skip dinner!

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  19. I love creme brulee and flan. They're both phenomenal. I agree with Dee--carmel anything rocks!

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  20. I have made a lot of custard desserts, but have not made creme brulee or flan yet. My sister in law makes a lot of flan because it's easy and traditional in her family.

    I'd eat just about any custard topped with that banana-coconut combo!!!

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  21. I think rum-roasted bananas would be good on anything!

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  22. Beautiful girl! This looks sinfully delicious! I can see it on a fine dining menu. Nice!

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  23. Emiline this look really yummy!! I love flan!!! xGloria

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  24. do you have a particular method for caramalizing bananas? they look wonderful. i would eat them with French toast.

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  25. Awwww....you little researcher you! I'm so proud of your academic/culinary endeavors :)

    I don't like flan either. Creme brulee, now that's my jam.

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  26. Oh, and you keep rearranging your header's design. I like it. A lot. It's cute today. Yesterday was cute, too.

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  27. Okay, I NEED that brulee - send some, please!! :0)

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  28. I haven't had any of those custard desserts before, I'm sad to say :( But, I promise I'll work on that. I think a hard crust would be the way to go, to kind of break up the soft texture. Plus how can you go wrong with caramel?... yup, impossible :)

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  29. That's funny what you said about the flan :). Yum, the idea of putting bananas on top is grand...this sounds like a perfectly tropical dessert :).

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  30. I love anything custardy, loose the bananas (my allergy) and this would be fab!

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  31. Oh, Emiline, this looks divine! I'm verklempt! Those bananas just make it. Great work!

    If you'd like to try a flan that isn't eggy, email me. I have a really great flan recipe that is a cross between creme brulee and cheesecake.

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  32. I see you did your homework. I prefer creme brulee over flan too but that one looks incredible. Roasted bananas, rum, and coconut...brilliant!

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  33. Flan, crème brûlée, crema catalona whatever! It's all good!! Ooh, you forgot creme caramel, I like that too and pots de creme. Can you get to work on those recipes too, please?

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  34. creme caramel is my favourite pud! my classmate's mum was the one who introduced it to me in primary school - it's so dreamy. yours looks way too good with all the bananas..mmmm.
    thanks for the 101! :D

    p/s love the new look for your blog

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  35. That looks soooo good! Mmmmm rum roasted bananas...

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  36. Hooray! You had success!!!!! I'm really anticipating your future post. Go Grammy!

    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  37. The other night, I tried to write bananas and put bananes, so you're not the only one.

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  38. Thanks all.

    Ohhh, I'm so out of it. I didn't even post the banana recipe. I'm really, really tired. I need to take a break from blogging.

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  39. I'm not a flan fan but I do love creme brulee also. I would love those bananas over some ice cream though.

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  40. Beautiful! I'm also not usually a big flan fan, but topped with dark rum-infused bananas and caramel? Yes, please!! (Si, por favor!)

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  41. I don't like flan either, mostly because the word flan bothers me. Not sure why, but it does.

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  42. Wow this looks so seriously good!

    Maria
    x

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  43. Oh. Dear. God. In. Heaven.
    This looks amazing!

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  44. I also like creme brulee better than flan but man, oh man do you make it look good. Wow, I'm drooling here. Love your new header. :)

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  45. I am so with you on flan. It does taste like an omelette! With burned sugar on one side!

    I think looks positively enchanting, though.

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  46. I like flan, but prefer creme brulee. But this looks amazing! (Love the new blog design btw)

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  47. Just lifting my jaw off my key board - oh my goodness that looks Soooooo good!!

    Rosie x

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  48. Rum, bananas & coconut - count me in!

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  49. How can anything be bad that is topped with Rum-Roasted Bananas??

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