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Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan


Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan
The filling of this pistachio flan with almonds and apricots contrasts with crisp case, made with puff pastry, rather than the more usual shortcrust pastry.
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Last modified on: January 18th 2017

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25 min.1 hour 12 min.1 hour 37 min.
Preservation:
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #1
Roll out the puff pastry, prick all over with a pique-vite (pastry pricker) and line the tart tin or mould (10"or 26 cm here).

If you are using ready-rolled pastry, you can leave the layer of cooking parchment underneath in the tin.

Put back in the fridge to wait.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Pour 500 ml milk into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to the boil.

Take off the heat.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
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Mix 4 eggs, 120 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar in a bowl.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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Add 60 g cornflour, mix again.

Stage 5
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Pour the hot milk into this mixture, stirring gently.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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It is normal for a little froth to form on the surface.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Pour the mixture back into the pan (after washing) through a fine strainer.

Stage 8 - 7 min.
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Put back on low heat, add 50 g Pistachio powder or paste and leave to thicken, stirring gently, like for real custard (crème anglaise).

Take off the heat, cover and stand in cold water to cool (in the sink, for example).

Stage 9 - 1 min.
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Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Spread 50 g whole almonds on a baking sheet and toast (dry roast) in the oven for 15 minutes.

Stage 10 - 15 min.
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After this time, take out of the oven and leave to cool...

Stage 11 - 2 min.
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...then chop roughly.

Set aside.

Stage 12 - 15 min.
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Take the pastry case out ot the fridge, line with a sheet of paper and fill this with beans, ceramic baking beads (or similar) for "blind" baking.

Bake for 15 minutes, low in the oven.

Stage 13 - 2 min.
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After this, remove the paper and beans/beads to uncover the bottom of the pastry case.

Stage 14 - 5 min.
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Cut 50 g dried apricots into small pieces.

Stage 15 - 2 min.
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Spread the chopped apricots and almonds in the pastry case.

Stage 16 - 2 min.
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Pour the pistachio mixture over the top.

Stage 17 - 25 min.
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Bake, still low in the oven, for about 25 minutes.

Check that the pastry is nicely browned, but the top of the filling should stay green.

Stage 18
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Serve cold, cut into portions.

Remarks

If you like that sort of thing, you can soak the cut apricots in the alcohol of your choice beforehand.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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