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A coconut and banana custard is cooked in a caramel sauce, and then turned out for an impressive and delicious dessert.

Coconut-Banana Caramel Custard | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I’ve been doing this blogging thing for so long now, that it is almost a part of me. Yesterday, you may have noticed that I didn’t post at all. I just about always post on Thursdays. But I had been up late the night before editing a photo session, and I woke up still tired. I went to sit at the computer to type up a post, but it was like my brain was on vacation. So I decided to take a vacation from blogging for a day. But guess what? It’s strange, because I almost felt guilty, like I was sluffing from work or something! I’d say that’s a sure sign of a blogging addict!

While I may have skipped a Thursday, I knew that I couldn’t skip Friday, because it’s Cookbook of the Month day! And this is the last Friday of the month, so it’s the last recipe from this month’s cookbook – Indian Home Cooking. Whenever a cookbook has a dessert section, I know I have to take advantage of it, so I chose this custard for this week’s recipe.

I would have never thought of this as an Indian dessert, but then again, I have no idea what a typical dessert is in India. But I’m glad I went with this one, and my husband is very glad I went with this one. He is a lover of all custards, flans, baked puddings, etc, so this one was right up his alley. I love that not one flavor overpowers this – you get the coconut, banana and caramel all mixed together perfectly. Honestly, I was all prepared for this not to work – for it it stick in the pan, or for it to be a runny mess, but it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. Definitely a delicious dessert!

Recipe Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Coconut-Banana Caramel Custard | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Coconut-Banana Caramel Custard
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A coconut and banana custard is cooked in a caramel sauce, and then turned out for an impressive and delicious dessert.
Serves: 6-8 Servings
  • 1½ cups sugar (1¼ cups if using sweetened coconut)
  • 1 large overripe banana
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut or shredded sweetened dried coconut
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9x13x2-inch baking dish with a doubled dish towel.
  2. Heat ¾ cup of the sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until the sugar has melted and caramelized to golden brown, about 5 minutes. Pour the caramel into a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Tilt the pan to cover the bottom and part of the sides with the caramel. Set aside.
  3. Combine the banana, the remaining ¾ cup sugar (1/2 cup if using sweetened coconut), the shredded coconut, nutmeg and salt in a bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs until well mixed. Gradually beat in the coconut milk and then the evaporated milk. Beat in the vanilla and beat until the custard is well mixed.
  4. Pour the custard into the prepared loaf pan. Set the pan in the baking dish and then put the dish into the preheated oven. Use a cup to add hot tap water to almost fill the baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is a light brown color, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the loaf pan from baking dish and set it on a wire rack to cool. (Let the water in the baking dish cool before removing it from the oven.) Refrigerate the custard for at least 5 hours.
  6. To serve, set the loaf pan over direct heat until the bottom gets hot, about 1 minute. (This is to melt the caramel so the flan will unmold.) Run a knife around the edges to loosen the flan. Invert a serving dish on top of the loaf pan and then turn the mold upside down onto the plate. Remove the pan. Cut into slices and serve.

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14 Responses to Coconut-Banana Caramel Custard {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Kim says:

    I am a huge fan of anything with coconut milk. I love all the flavors with this and am glad to hear that your husband was able to enjoy some Indian cuisine!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That custard looks mighty delicious! I love the fact that you can cut it in slices…



  3. kat says:

    I think I had something like that in India, yum. It's funny about feeling guilty about posting, I'm trying to let myself not do it from time to time too

  4. The College Baker says:

    Wow. I've recently found a love for all things custard, and this one definitely looks like a good one to try! And the pictures you took of it are really lovely 🙂

  5. Joanne says:

    i am a total custard fiend as well. And just about swoon when I eat anythign involving caramel or coconut. And when you combine the two. Amazing! This looks almost like flan!

  6. Ingrid says:

    Mmmm, I'm with your hubs! I love those kinds of desserts as well. I can only imagine how yummy this was. Wish I had a taste! Guess I need to make it for myself and hope that the kids don't like it. 🙂

    Hope you have a safe and Happy holiday weekend!

  7. grace says:

    i'm not generally too crazy about custards, but this one has at least two things going for it–coconut and luscious custard. nice recipe!

  8. Pam says:

    Too funny with feeling a little guilty about missing a day posting. I know what you mean! Your recipe sounds so delicious and I love the combo of ingredients. I've never made custard but my mother did quite often and I loved it. Since yours has coconut in it, I will be trying it. Thanks!

  9. aforaubergine.com says:

    my mouth is watering. i feel like i can smell it from my laptop screen. mmmm!

  10. Katerina says:

    I try and post mondays, wednesdays and Fridays and I now think of it as work-like in that they are deadlines I need to hit! Definitely addictive.

  11. Natalie says:

    this looks so authentic! well done!

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    Wow this looks seriously gorgeous! I'm a big fan of custards especially when they involve caramel and coconut. 😉 For some reason I don't really like banana in things, but I eat a banana everyday.

  13. foodiechickie says:


    The one cup of coconut is it milk?


  14. Deborah says:


    It is coconut milk. Sorry about that – the recipe has been fixed!!

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