I know we’re just taking down the tree and polishing off the last Christmas cookie, but is it too early to say... love is in the air? I couldn’t help but peruse the Valentine’s offerings from a few of my favorite stationery shops today, and it got me thinking about a romantic meal for two. This Marie Antoinette-themed dinner party hosted by fashion designer Zang Toi would be perfect for such an occasion, and his Crème Caramel is as beautiful as his couture creations. A deliciously-light ending to a meal that will leave you in the mood for, ahem, other activities.

Follow the jump for recipe…

Coconut Crème Caramel

*8 – 10 servings


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • One 13-oz can unsweetened unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a saucepan, cook the granulated sugar with the water over moderate heat, brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet brush, until a rich amber caramel forms, about 15 minutes. Quickly pour the caramel into a 9-inch square glass baking dish to coat the bottom.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and brown sugar until very thick, 2 minutes. Beat in the cream, coconut milk, vanilla and salt and pour into baking dish. Set the dish in a roasting pan. Pour hot water in the pan to come halfway up the dish’s side. Bake for 1 hour, until the custard is just set but still jiggly in the center. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Run a knife around the edge of the custard. Set dish in a pan of hot water for 10 seconds. Invert a flat platter over the dish, then turn the custard and caramel onto the platter. Top with toasted coconut and serve.

*images & recipe from Food & Wine

  1. 1
    Sally | January 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Love it, I am totally looking forward to Valentines already

  2. 2
    Ashley's Always Entertaining | January 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

    This is stunning! Nothing better than mixing couture with sweets! My one year anniversary is in February so I definitely have Valentine’s Day on the brain! ~ Ashley

  3. 3
    Blair @ Studio13 | January 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

    even that dress is delicious!

  4. 4
    Nikki | January 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Funny I was just thinking the same thing today! I’m waiting for a day warm enough to wear bare shoulders, and make that wonderful dessert!

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