Quick and easy French Apple Flan

French Apple Flan

French Apple Flan

This tart is really quick and easy.  It uses one of my favourite pastries, one that is quite biscuity which really compliments the comforting bland juiciness of the apples.  Feel free to use as much sugar and spice for the filling as you require.  The best tarts are always tailor made.

For the pastry:


  • 260 g unsalted butter into
  • 350 g of plain (cake) flour
  • 180ml caster sugar
  • and a pinch of salt.

until it resembles breadcrumbs.  Continue to knead until the pastry comes together.

Chill for an hour, then line a buttered and floured pastry case by pressing the pastry in with your hands.

For the filling:

  • Peel and core 8-10 apples (or however many you may need to fill your pastry base, bearing in mind that they will reduce in size as they cook.
  • Slice the apples and braise them in a little butter with several tablespoons of brown sugar and some spices.  I use pimento spices with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  • When the apples are slightly translucent drain them and add
  • 2 Tbspns of grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of ground almonds
  • 1 tspn of vanilla

Toss to mix, then fill the pastry case and top up with

  • 1 – 2 cups of double cream or creme fraiche

Sprinkle lavishly with demmerrara sugar and bake @ 180*C for 45 minutes to an hour.  Your pastry should be biscuity and browned, and the apples should be soft and juicy.

Serve warm with loads of freshly whipped cream , mascarpone or more creme fraiche.

3 Responses to “Quick and easy French Apple Flan”

  1. on 17 Jun 2009 at 3:30 pm Ann Schurr-Perich

    So sorry about your hellish two weeks Inge, my god I would have been howling or laughing hysterically re the fish hook!~! All the best for your Dad with the chemo, and my daughter aged 11 also had some not so nice experiences with email and distasteful correspondence!
    Anyway, I am baking your French Apple Flan for dessert tonight, first recipe of yours that I am trying and can’t wait to get started!
    Hope this next week is much better for you! Ann

  2. on 18 Jun 2009 at 10:14 am African Vanielje

    Thanks Ann. It can only get better from here! My daughter is 12, and I guess it is a lesson to us all to be REALLY vigilant when we let them have access to the web.

    Hope you enjoy the flan.

  3. on 07 Dec 2010 at 10:54 am Shelley

    Would you convert the grams, celsius, etc. Thanks.

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