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                  COCADA IMPERIAL (IMPERIAL COCONUT FLAN)
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Mexican
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2       c            Milk
      3/4   c            Granulated sugar
    1                    Small coconut
    5                    Small eggs, separated
                         Pinch   salt
                         Flan mold coated with
                         Caramel
 
        Preheat the oven to 450F.
   
        Place the sugar and milk in a heavy saucepan and melt the sugar over
   low heat, then raise the heat and boil the mixture briskly.  Take care that
   it does not boil over.  As soon as the mixture begins to thicken, stir it
   so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.  After about 30 minutes
   it should be the consistency of thin condensed milk and has been reduced to
   1 cup.  See Note.
   
        Pierce holes through two of the “eyes” of the coconut and drain the
   water from it.  Set the water aside.
   
        Put the whole coconut into the oven for about 8 minutes.  Crack it
   open; the flesh should come away quite easily from the shell.
   
        Pare the brown skin from the coconut flesh with a potato peeler. Grate
   the coconut finely.  You will need 2 1/4 cups, loosely packed, for the
   flan.
   
        Add the grated coconut to the reserved coconut water and boil it for
   about 5 minutes, stirring it constantly.
   
        Add the “condensed” milk and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
   Set the mixture aside to cool.
   
        Beat the egg yolks together until they are creamy and stir them well
   into the coconut mixture.
   
        Beat the egg whites until they are frothy, add the salt and continue
   beating until they are stiff.  Fold them into the mixture.
   
        Pour the mixture into the prepared mold.  Cover the mold with a
   well-greased lid and place into a water bath.
   
        Cook the flan on the lowest shelf of the oven for about 1 1/2 hours,
   then test to see if it is done.  When it is done, set it aside to cool.
   
   Makes 6 servings.
   
   NOTES:
        Of course, you can substitute1 cup of lightly thinned canned,
   sweetened condensed milk for the milk and sugar and substitute pre-grated
   but unsweetened coconut.  Use milk instead of coconut water; the flavor
   will just not be quite as good.
   
        Do not think you have done something wrong when you see that the
   coconut and custard have separated.  That is how it is meant to be.  The
   caramel will nearly all have been absorbed by the spongy layer of coconut.
   
        If you are using fresh coconut there will almost certainly be some
   left over.  It will keep perfectly well if frozen.
   
        To test to see if the flan is cooked through, insert the blade of a
   knife or a skewer well into the flan.  The knife should come out clean.
   Take care not to pierce the flan at the bottom or it will spoil the
   appearance of the top when it is unmolded.
   
   From: The Cuisines of Mexico; Diana Kennedy; ISBN 0-06-091561-7 Posted by
   Fred Peters.
  
 
 
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