Coconut Rum Flan
This flan is best when chilled overnight in the pie dish and served the next day.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3 large whole eggs
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons dark rum
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Have ready a 9-inch round glass pie dish. Place a clean kitchen towel in the bottom of shallow baking pan large enough to hold pie dish. Fill baking pan with enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of dish; carefully transfer baking pan to oven.
Place 3/4 cup sugar in a heavy-bottomed, medium skillet. Place over medium-high heat; cook until sugar begins to melt, swirling pan. Continue cooking until melted and medium-dark brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; pour caramelized sugar into pie dish. Swirl dish until sugar evenly coats bottom; let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup sugar, salt, eggs, and egg yolks until combined. Whisk in remaining ingredients until combined. Pour into pie dish; transfer to hot-water bath in oven. Bake until flan is almost set (it will appear loose in center but continue cooking as it cools), 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer baking pan to a wire rack until water cools; then transfer pie dish to wire rack to cool.
When ready to serve, run a knife between flan and pie dish. Place a serving dish on top of flan; invert. Slice, and garnish with any remaining syrup.