Thursday, May 15, 2008

flan! ole!

in certain parts of the east bay area yesterday, it was over 100 degrees! i took a break from cooking and my family and i decided to get burritos. upon perusing the menu, i saw a beautiful picture of flan. i just couldn't help myself from whipping up a vegan version of the mexican dessert.

i know the picture is not great. i did not have great lighting, and those yellow plates take away from the golden colors of the flan.

here is an adaption of a recipe from dr. weil:
3 tbl water
5 tbl turbinado brown sugar (or some other brown sugar)

2/3 cup firm silken tofu
2 tbl sugar (or natural sugar substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt

2 1/2 cups lite coconut milk
1 tsp agar agar flakes

1. boil water and brown sugar until becomes syrup.
2. in blender, combine tofu, 1 tbl of the syrup, sugar, vanilla and salt. blend. set aside
3. pour the remaining syrup in custard containers (i actually used small round tupperware)
4. in sauce pan simmer coconut milk and agar for about 5 minutes
5. add coconut milk mixture into blender with tofu mixture
6. pour mixture into molds
-cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.


ms. veganorama said...

That looks great! My brother-in-law is Portuguese and many years ago pre-vegan I enjoyed the flans that his family would make. I don't have a bit sweet tooth but I'm definitely adding this to my "to make" list.