Coconut Flan- elBulli

For my indulgent weekend moment I wanted something easy to prep. I made this fuss-free coconut creme caramel. Another simple recipe from elBulli. I, personally,  love egg-y deserts; Creme brûlée, Creme caramel, Pavlova, Torta de laranja are my favourites. This Coconut Flan is just like creme caramel but instead of regular milk it uses coconut milk. A little bit of desiccated coconut has been used to give it a bit of a texture. Overall I think it’s a rather delightful twist and tastes fresher than a normal creme caramel. A good way to make a dairy-free desert.


( Makes 5 servings )

For the caramel:

  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 30g sugar

For the coconut flan:

  • 2 eggs ( eggs with very intense orange yolks make the flan prettier)
  • 250g coconut milk
  • 15g grated coconut
  • 25g sugar ( I prefer adding 35-40g! )


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas mark 4
  2. Put the water and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and boil to make a dark caramel.
  3. Divide the hot caramel between individual or large moulds and set aside to cool.
  4. Break the eggs into a large bowl, then whisk until frothy.
  5. Out the coconut milk, grated coconut and sugar into another large bowl, and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Save any leftover coconut milk for serving later. Add the eggs and whisk until even.
  6. pour the mixture into caramel-filled moulds. Cover the top of the moulds with foil, then transfer to a roasting tin.
  7. Pour enough cold water into the roasting tin to come half-way up the sides of the moulds , bake for 35 mins, making sure the water does not boil . ( The good thing is that you can’t over cook them as such)
  8. Once the creme caramel is cooked ( it will be firm with the touch) leave to cool in the water. Remove from the water and chill in the fridge.
  9. When ready to serve, loosen the flan with a round bladed knife. Carefully turn the creme caramel out of the moulds.
  10. You can add a few spoons of your left over coconut milk for serving.

Thanks for looking and come back soon!


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12 thoughts on “Coconut Flan- elBulli

  1. Oh my goodness! This looks incredible! I would love to try this some time!

  2. It indeed sounds like a delightful take on crème caramel, I think I might even enjoy it better than the “original”! Thanks for posting this!

  3. Oh yum! What a fantastic twist to a flan by adding coconut 🙂

  4. This sounds really wonderful, love flan and I’m with you on the eggy desserts. YUM!

  5. Anything from elbulli is worth a try!

  6. Beautifully made and looks absolutely lovely. Using coconut milk or condensed milk to make flans is common in The Philippines and that area of the world. I like every versions of it. The wonderful thing about using coconut milk like this recipe is that the people with lactose intolerance can enjoy this wonderful desert. 😀 Fae.

    • You are so knowledgable Fae! I must say using condensed milk sounds like the yummiest version of them all. I love flans but by making it for my workmates I discovered that some people don’t like the texture! Hmmm

  7. Oh, this looks fabulous! Wish I could have some NOW! Love coconut!!

  8. Insanely cute picture and very simple yet sensuous food styling 🙂
    Loved this aromatic recipe, dear 🙂
    Hugs and tons of love.

  9. NOT fair. I want to eat this up, spoon by spoon, right now!

  10. Oh, this looks mouth-watering! We have a similar recipe called Leche Flan but not using coconut milk. I like the idea of using coconut milk though! I will try your recipe since it seems so simple.

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