I have made this great flan pastry numerous times when I was a kid. My best friend who was also my neighbor loved to bake and together we have tried out numerous cakes, chocolate mousses, flans, waffles and this delicious combination of cake and flan. I just couldn’t get enough of it.
The recipe was one my friends mom got out of a little – very old- recipe booklet she got from her mom I think. I have reworked this recipe to have gluten free and dairy free cake. Normally Mr Husband isn’t really into sweets and desserts unless it is for breakfast. No surprise to me he ate this cake for breakfast. Also the little ones needed to be restrained a bit, they started on this tart even before I had the pictures for this article….
I have called this Tata’s Flan, Tata being the name my nephews and godchild call me, because all kids (big and small) I have prepared this flan cake for really liked it. I hope you’ll like it too.
You can serve this tart with fresh berries, whipped cream of even sprinkle it with grated chocolate.
- For the dough:
- 230 gr (gf) flour
- 100 gr white sugar
- 95 gr coconut oil (melted) or margarine
- 2 eggs
- For the filling:
- 125 gr white sugar
- 1 package vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 30 gr (gf) flour
- 3 eggs
- 500 ml plant based milk
- Start by preparing the dough. Mix all the ingredients together and knead well. You will obtain a sticky dough. Wrap it in plastic foil and store it in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Grease a spring cake thin and sprinkle some (gf) flour in the tin, then take out the dough. Cut up the dough in slices and spread them evenly in your cake tin and out onto the sides. The first time you do this it will be a bit difficult but I use this technique now a lot for quiches and tarts. I have seen Jamie Oliver doing this in one of his shows and use it ever since.
- When your dough is evenly spread out in the thin, use your fingertips to really have every bit of the tray covered. It is ok if it isn't all equally smeared out, just make sure that there isn't to much in the corners or the result will be very heavy.
- Once you have done this, put it back in the fridge and let it rest some more.
- Preheat the oven to 180°.
- Now start by heating the milk, watch out it doesn't over cook.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar in a small pan and then add the flour. When all is nicely blended add the milk and mix well. Let this mixture cook for a couple of minutes while you continue to stir. When it thickens you can take it of the fire (after 3 minutes approx.) and pour this mixture on the dough.
- Now all that is left is baking this super yummie flan tart for about 45 minutes.