French Food Friday...Flan Parisien

photo and recipe from here

This week's recipe is a favorite of mine and something that I often buy when we stop at a boulangerie.

French Boyfriend is not a fan but for those of you that like a custard type flan, you will love this...

For the pate brisee:
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • For the flan patissier:
  • 3  cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only)
  • apricot jam for glazing (optional)
    • For the pate brisee:
    • Sift the flour in a large bowl.
    • In another bowk, mix the butter with a spatula to a creamy consistency. Add the salt, sugar and egg yolk and mix well. Add the milk and mix.
    • Add the flour to the butter mixture and mix with your hands until you obtain a dough with smooth consistency.
    • Wrap it in cling wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
    • For the flan Parisien:
    • Butter an 8-inch wide & 1 1/4-inch tall pie dish.
    • Roll out the pate brisee and line the pie dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    • Preheat oven to 350’F
    • Combine the milk, water and vanilla in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, the sugar and the cornstarch. Add the mixture to the hot milk in a steady stream while whisking. Keep whisking until the mixture thickens and starts to boil. Remove from the heat.
    • Let the custard cool for 10 minutes before pouring it in the pie dish.
    • Bake for 1 hour, until set and brown on top. Cool and refrigerate overnight. Glaze with apricot jam.

    bon appétit, Leeann x


    1. So many variations on flan!

    2. Well, flan is not something I'm drawn to in France because there are so many other yummy choices. Maybe once I live there I'll branch out. On Mondays, I host a meme called Dreaming of France. I'd love it if you'd play along. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme


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