Friday, September 17, 2010

Apple Flan

Apple harvest is in full swing and everywhere you turn, different varieties of local apples are readily available, whether in the grocery stores or at your favourite farmers market. It's a pretty exciting time of the year, and my head is brimming with a multitude of  apple recipe ideas. Perusing  the pastry shops and drooling over glistening apple flans, I decided there was no better way to initiate my own personal challenge, to use our locally grown apples to the fullest, than by replicating the flan at home. The best part of the challenge is of course  the reward, sharing it with loved ones over a nice cup of Earl Grey tea or a hot cup of coffee. 
I don't think you'll be able to resist the buttery shortbread crust and the creamy custard filling found in this recipe. 

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup cold butter, cut in pieces
1/3 cup ice-cold water

In a food processor combine the flour,salt,sugar and cut in the butter until it resembles coarse meal.  Transfer to a mixing bowl and make a well in the dry ingredients.  Pour in the ice-water and quickly work in the flour to form a dough.  It is important to not over-work the dough.  Divide into two disks and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for about 15 minutes before rolling out into a 10 inch tart pan or a pie plate.

juice of one lemon
5- 6  apples peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
1/3 cup 35% cream
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar

In a large bowl, add the apple slices and lemon juice. Toss  to prevent discoloration. Starting from the outside edge of the the pie crust, start placing the apples in a circular pattern inwards and ending in the center of the pie crust. The apple slices should overlap slightly as illustrated  in the photo. Place the assembled tart pan on a pizza tray or cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated 425º F oven for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, in a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs and whisk in the sugar, milk and cream until combined.
Remove the tart pan from the oven after the 10 minutes and pour the custard mixture over the apple slices. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes at 370º F.  Remove from the oven and glaze with heated apple jelly.


  1. Beautiful dessert! Baking apples always signifies the beginning of Fall for me...what a fantastic smell!

  2. Hi Karen, and welcome to Anna's Table. I can't agree with you more. I think it's one of the best think about fall.


  3. What a stunning, beautiful dessert. This is exactly what fall desserts should look like...and I can only imagine how great each carefully placed apple tasted. Thank you for sharing with me!

  4. Thanks Amanda, that makes two of us.

  5. Hi Monet,
    Thanks, the pleasure was mine. I was quite happy the way it turned out. It was really quite easy to assemble. I'm glad I went with the flan, the creamy custard was divine.