Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tapioca and Coconut Flan with Caramel

 Tapioca is a Brazilian ingredient that comes from a root called manioc (or cassava) native from the Amazon but, I don't blame you for not knowing that, actually after moving to NY  even I started having my doubts about where was tapioca really from after seeing so many asian places caring tapioca drinks and so many people buying it- But, no no no no, no one will still out root, Tapioca is OURS ! well, it is also from some other parts of South America but i chose not to mention here. Manioc is a magic ingredient just like pork, so many things are made out of it . Some species and some parts of the root is actually poison but I guess they know how to extract everything right. Manioc was also the most popular ingredients between native indians at the time and they explored every single aspect of this root which resulted in the creation of one of the most popular product in Brazil, farinha.

Even though I call it flan because it's baked in a double boiler, its texture is more like a cake, but without flour. This recipe is from my mother in law but I made some changes to it , of course I wouldn't trust her completelly cause it could be a sabotage plan from her =) My mother in law is also brazilian and she has great recipes and great ideas so I like to listen to her tips once in a while (or thrice in  while, actually). She is a big fan of the blog and keep track of all my recipes, show my videos to her friends and always make a "blog session" in her house to promote her daughter in law (me). She tells me things she ate and made so I can get some inspiration. The only thing is that she doesn't like very elaborate recipes, she prefer to keep it simple and I like to make some fancy stuff sometimes .Well... nothing is pecfect, she calls me her secretary and makes me do a thousand favors for her even from a distance.
This tapioca flan is dedicated to my lovely beautiful mother in law that I love from the bottom of my heart.

1 cup granulated tapioca
450g coconut milk (one can)
3 cups whole milk
395g sweetened condensed milk (one can)
4 medium eggs
300g unsweetened dry coconut (no big flakes,please)
1 tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature)
For caramel
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
plus: 9 1/2 in baking pan and a bigger one that fits this one inside for the double boiler
aluminum foil