Apple Flan Recipe

Apple Flan Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

175 g/6 oz/1.5 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
A pinch of salt
100 g/4 oz/0.5 cup butter or margarine

175 g/6 oz/0.75 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 egg yolk
15 ml/1 tbsp water
900 g/2 lb cooking (tart) apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 red eating (dessert) apples, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon
15 ml/1 tbsp apricot jam (jelly), sieved

Single (light) or whipped double (heavy) cream, to serve

Method :

Mix together the flour and salt, then rub in 75 g/3 oz of the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in 30 ml/1 tbsp of the sugar, then bind together to a pastry (paste) with the egg yolk and a little of the cold water. Cover and chill.

Melt the remaining butter or margarine in a saucepan, add the cooking apples and half the remaining sugar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the apples, reserving the juice, then puree the apples in a food processor or blender. Sprinkle the apple slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. Roll out the pastry and use to line a greased 10 cm/7 in flan tin (pie pan). Prick the base with a fork and spoon in the apple puree, then arrange the apple slices in overlapping circles on the top. Dissolve the remaining sugar in the reserved apple juice, 30 ml/2 tbsp of the lemon juice and the jam. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes, then brush generously over the apple slices. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 for 40 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot or cold with cream.

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