Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Pear Flan

This year the old pear tree in the garden has produced some pears. It hasn't really fruited for several years though it used to crop well. The pears become sweet and fragrant when cooked. They don't keep for more than a couple of weeks so I have cooked and frozen some.

Pear Flan

for the base
8oz plain flour
4oz unsalted butter
1oz sugar

Blend in a food processor then add 3-4 tsp water, Leave the dough to rest in the fridge for I hour then roll out to fit a 10 in tin. Peel, quarter, core then slice 4 pears.Arrange the pear slices on the base then cook at gas 6 for 35 min.

for the custard
3 eggs
300ml milk
2 oz plain flour
1 oz sugar
vanilla extract (I used 2 tsp natural vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla flavouring)

To make the custard, blitz the ingredients in a food processor and pour the liquid over the partly cooked base, return it to the oven and cook till the custard is set.
Grate some nutmeg over the flan.
It was nice hot but even better cold.