it's a testament to my grocery shopping skills that i was able to create this week's The Food Matters Project 3 times without having to head to the store for restocking (or that i am a food hoarder). the first time i thought i had not cooked the geleatin properly and the second time i came to the realization that the gelatin was just sketch. as a result, the 3rd time i used agar powder and rather than canned coconut milk, i used coconut creamer instead. i will admit to being exasperated & impatient when making the caramel and i didn't let it deepen in color enough.
now. i love me some flan. i've said it before, and tho i don't order it when out anymore for fear of dairy doom, it is still one of my all time favorite desserts. this version is completely vegan. personally, i like the addition of the eggs, it provides creaminess and a smooth texture. tofu, even silkened, doesn't do it for me. either way, this is a no-bake version, very quick to put together (combined, all three times probably took me just under 90 minutes) and if you're wanting to keep it egg-less, this is the way to go.
my other flan for Lan versions:
this is my contribution to the Food Matters Project, a weekly reminder that we are a perishable item and we need to eat accordingly. we draw our inspiration from Mark Bittman's cookbook of the same name. if you'd like to join in the fun, invest in the cookbook & check out the schedule for what recipe is hot for the week.