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Flans

Flan is a South American dessert made of custard. It has a subtly sweet flavor and is surprisingly easy to make. It's fun to experiment with flavors like coffee or coconut, but the traditional recipe is just as great.

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recipe

If pumpkin pie married caramel custard, their offspring would look like this pumpkin flan.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn. (c)2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn. Mikkel Vang, photographer. Used by permission of Artisan Books, artisanbooks.com.

recipe

If you do not use the exact sizes of the pans called for in this recipe, just be sure that they are close to these sizes and that the pastry shell you make is slightly larger than the custard.

recipe

This rich dessert uses only the solid coconut cream found at the top of canned unsweetened coconut milk. Do not shake the can before opening; simply scoop out the white cream with a spoon, and place it in a measuring cup. Reserve coconut milk for another use.