Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Trinda Gage
Yield
8 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Canned pumpkin adds both rich flavor and creaminess to this traditional Spanish custard, and toasted coconut adds even more sweetness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar in a 9-inch round cakepan. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking pan occasionally using oven mitts, until sugar melts and turns a light golden brown; set aside. (Mixture may crack slightly as it cools.)

Step 2

Heat milk and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly, until hot and frothy.

Step 3

Beat eggs, egg whites, and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended; gradually add hot milk mixture, beating at low speed. Pour mixture over caramelized sugar, and place cakepan in a roasting pan. Pour hot water into roasting pan to a depth of 1 inch.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in center of flan comes out clean.

Step 5

Remove pan from water; cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill.

Step 6

Bake coconut in a shallow pan at 350°, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until toasted. Cool.

Step 7

Loosen edges of flan with a spatula, and invert onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with coconut.

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