Mango and Coconut Crème Caramel
Mango and Coconut Crème Caramel: The acidity and fruity notes of the mango balance out the sweetness of the caramel and the richness of the coconut cream and heavy cream. Mango goes incredibly well with the caramel sauce.
1-1/2 cups superfine sugar (or granulated sugar)
3 tablespoons water
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup coconut cream
2/3 cup milk
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons mango extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2/3 cup mango pulp (see tips)
3/4 teaspoon green peppercorns (optional), coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes, slightly toasted
Line up 6 (6-ounce) ramekins. In a small saucepan, gently dissolve a scant cup of sugar with water. Bring to a full boil, then lower to medium-low until the caramel becomes golden brown (about 5-6 minutes). As soon as the caramel is the right golden brown color, pour a layer of caramel into each ramekin.
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut cream, heavy cream, milk and green peppercorns. Bring to a near boil. Remove from the heat right away. Let the liquid cool a bit.
Separately, whisk the egg yolks and whole eggs with the rest of the sugar in a mixing bowl until it becomes pale yellow. Add the mango and coconut extracts. Add the dairy liquid with the egg mixture by slowly adding a ladle at a time to prevent the yolks from curdling. Add 5 tablespoons of mango pulp.
Strain through a fine mesh. Discard the solids (green peppercorns) from the strainer. Fill the 6 ramekins with the mixture. Place them in a warm water bath in a deep baking pan. The water should go half-way up the side of the ramekins. Bake for 10 minutes at 300°F, then lower the heat to 275°F and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes. The texture of the crème caramel should be jiggly but not too liquid.
Let the crèmes cool first, then plastic-wrap each individual ramekin and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. The texture will become firmer.
When serving, place a dessert plate onto each ramekin and turn both upside down to unmold the crème caramel onto the plate. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of mango pulp around each crème caramel. Finish by sprinkling 1 teaspoon of coconut flakes.
It’s Friday and let’s serve up something sweet for the weekend. I am not particularly strong in the desserts department, so I have Jacqueline Pham of PhamFatale sharing her mango and coconut creme caramel recipe with us. Creme caramel with a tropical and Asian twist, what’s not to like? PhamFatale is food blog with many interesting and delicious recipes, thanks to the exotic background of Jackie—a French-Vietnamese born and raised in Paris, and currently resides in San Francisco, so do expect to find a variety of Asian, French, and Asian-inspired recipes on her blog. Please give your warm welcome.
I’ve been posting recipes every day on my site, PhamFatale.com for a year now. The dishes are a chronicle of what we eat in my home, and a reflection of the diversity of the members of my family. I was born and raised in Paris, France, but my family is originally from Vietnam. My husband is of Indian descent, but grew up in the US. He also happens to be a vegetarian.
One thing my husband and I can agree upon, culinarily speaking, is our love of desserts. Since I got married, I have introduced him to a myriad of decadent French desserts, such as crème brulée and madeleines. Over the holidays I had a craving for crème caramel, and prepared quite a few batches. I experimented with several different flavor combinations, but my absolute favorite was mango and coconut. The dessert not only embodies both my French upbringing and Vietnamese roots, but tastes great too.
The acidity and fruity notes of the mango balance out the sweetness of the caramel and the richness of the coconut cream and heavy cream. Mango goes incredibly well with the caramel sauce. I often try to cook depending on what’s available in season, but during the winter that can be a challenge. Canned mango pulp and coconut milk are great because they’re always available and consistently good. Plus, who couldn’t use a taste of the tropics when it’s freezing cold outside!
The recipe for my mango and coconut crème caramel can be found below. I’m both surprised and flattered that Bee asked me to post a recipe here on Rasa Malaysia; I hope you like it.