Recipe

Berry custard flan

Make the most of fresh summer berries with this stunning vanilla custard flan.

  • 3 hrs preparation chill time
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Pastry
  • 1 1/4 cup (185g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 125 gram (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, chopped coarsely
  • 1 egg yolk
Berry custard flan
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) pouring cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 20 gram (¾ ounce) unsalted butter
  • 500 gram (1 pound) mixed fresh berries
  • 2 tablespoon raspberry jam, warmed, strained
  • 1 tablespoon citrus-flavoured liqueur

Method

Berry custard flan
  • 1
    To make pastry, process flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. Add egg yolk; process until combined. Knead on floured surface until smooth. Wrap pastry in plastic; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Roll pastry between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line 22cm (8¾ inch) round loose-based flan tin. Ease pastry into tin; press into side, trim edge. Prick base all over with fork. Cover, refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  • 4
    Place tin on oven tray. Line pastry case with baking paper; fill with dried beans or rice. Bake 12 minutes; remove paper and beans carefully from tin. Bake 5 minutes or until pastry is browned lightly; cool 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, combine milk and cream in small saucepan. Split vanilla bean in half, scrape seeds into pan; bring to the boil.
  • 6
    Beat egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in small bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy. Gradually beat hot milk mixture into egg mixture. Return mixture to pan; cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in butter. Pour warm custard into pastry case; cover, refrigerate 3 hours.
  • 7
    Serve flan topped with berries; drizzle with combined jam and liqueur.

Notes

We used Cointreau in this recipe, but you can use any citrus-flavoured liqueur. The seeded vanilla pod can be placed in a jar of caster sugar and used for baking. The pod will impart a vanilla flavour into the sugar.

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