Sunday, 13 July 2014

Rustic Fruit Flan

The pavement had a dark sheen and the streets were near empty in the winter of 2003. It was hard to tell where conversations were going and which streets to wander down, but we settled on a rickety bench under a large tree on the side of a town hall. I was once told that if a bird drops one on you that luck would forever be in your favour, and i was pretty sure that it marked our fate. 11 years later and with one beautiful baby girl, we still laugh about our first date night!

fruit flan base

Rushing through the door and ensuring all was prepared before we left the house, it seems date night has now taken on a new meaning. It takes that bit longer to 'put my face on' choose something to wear which has no spew on it or smell like stir fry and book a restaurant that has our preferred time.  While it is a storm trying to organise date night, the joy we get from conversations over wine is worth the effort and takes us back to the time my husband's jeans were ruined by bird's marking their territory.

fruit flan with pear and blueberries

Items You Need:

- Two green apples (peeled, cored and quartered)
- Two small brown pears (peeled, cored and quartered)
- 2 tablespoons of blueberries
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 150 grams of butter (at room temperature)
- 1 1/4 cup of caster sugar
- 1 cup of almond meal crumb
- 1/4 cup of plain flour
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 1 packet (250 grams) of Marie biscuits (milk biscuits) 

What's Next?

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. (338 Fahrenheit)

2. Using a food processor, crumb the biscuits and place in a large bowl.

3. Melt 50 grams of butter and add to the crumb mixture, mixing with your hands. Pour mixture on to the flan tray and press firmly with a spoon ensuring all the sides are packed in tightly. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes while checking intermittently to avoid burning.

4. Pour 1 cup of sugar on a cast iron pan and place the chopped fruit on top. Add the thyme sprigs and cook over medium heat to high heat. When the fruits starts excreting juices, spoon the juices on top of the fruit and move around to ensure  it is coated with the caramelised sauce.Cook for approx. 20 minutes and when the fruits have browned/ softened turn the stove off and leave to cool.

5. Cream 100 grams of butter and 1/4 cup of sugar together. Add one egg yolk at a time beating each egg thoroughly.

6. Sift in the flour, mix well and stir in the almond meal crumb with the milk. Stir  in the blueberries.

7. Place the fruit evenly on top around the flan and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes. When the skewer is inserted and removes clean the flan is ready. Reheat the pan which the fruit was cooked in and use remaining caramel to drizzle on top of the fruit flan. Cool on a wiring rack for 40 minutes before serving with cream or ice cream


  1. This looks absolutely delicious! I love the flavors in there. Perfect for this time of year :)

    1. thanks Nic! i love the birthday cake you made your man btw, its sensational!

  2. This looks absolutely incredible!!!!

    1. Thanks brandi! i'm loving your new photo style, the recipes of course are amazing to match :)

  3. Your pie is truly beautiful and looks very yummy. Well done! :)

    1. thanks Del! Where in croatia are you atm? those figs you picked looked delish, you can certainly get lots of recipes out of them too!

  4. Oh I love how this looks, it must taste so amazing! Pretty and delicious!

    1. Thanks Kecia, its a very fragrant flan i think the thyme adds a unique flavour to it. Thanks for your comments and hope that you get a chance to make it :)