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Jun 7, 2008 07:48 PM

Coconut custard?

I'm looking into making a dairy free custard and was wondering about the possibility of using coconut milk and cream as a sub for milk. Any first- hand experience, pointers, cautions, etc?

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  1. i think it sounds great. very rich!
    recipes looks easy enough:

    i think a water bath might be wise....

    the recipe/presentation on this blog looks quite appealing!
    (scroll down a wee bit...)

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      1. re: WCchopper

        yeah, wc, didn't that sweet little custard with syrup look like Da Bomb?!?

        1. re: alkapal

          Next question, where do I get the palm sugar??? I want to make that!

          1. re: WCchopper

            it is used in sri lanka, south indian, se asian cooking. indian or thai/viet grocery? i've gotten it in a phillipine grocery, too.

            while no substitute exactly, for sweetness light brown sugar can be used in a pinch. flavor-wise, it is obviously unique, and would be optimal in the recipe, but the coconut is already very rich and sweet on its own. would palm sugar be the element that makes it a "wow" vs. a "very good" in this dish, i don't know. but i'd make it anyway, even if i had to sub light brown or turbinado sugar.

    1. I had a Puerto Rican friend growing up who shared this dessert recipe for coconut custard called Tembleque that we absolutely loved for my mom to prepare. not sure if this was the exact recipe but something close to this:

      1. If you want it to be dairy free, you can't use cream at all. Cream is a dairy product.

        I often substitute coconut milk, a combination of both whole coconut milk and low fat (or lite) coconut milk. Then I use whisked whole eggs to provide the firming up. I add splenda (you could use sugar), and unsweetened coconut and bake it in a hot water bath until it's firm.

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        1. re: Morganna

          I actually meant coconut milk and coconut cream

          1. re: WCchopper

            Okie, I should have assumed that, I suppose. :) Sorry, I'm a programmer, I can be very literal-minded. :)

        2. Sure you can. Another way is to add tapioca, love this stuff!

          1. I've made non-dairy "pastry cream" very successfully using canned coconut milk. I can't see why it wouldn't work for custard.

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            1. re: rockycat

              I like replacing milk in hot cocoa with coconut milk (the light stuff, the full fat is too thick, makes it more like a mousse, which is good, too, but harder to drink).

              1. re: rockycat

                can I get the recipe for the "pastry cream"?