Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan

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  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.
  2. 10 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #2
    Pour 500 ml milk into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to the boil.

    Take off the heat.
  3. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #3
    Mix 4 eggs, 120 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar in a bowl.
  4. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #4
    Add 60 g cornflour, mix again.
  5. Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #5
    Pour the hot milk into this mixture, stirring gently.
  6. 1 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #6
    It is normal for a little froth to form on the surface.
  7. 1 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #7
    Pour the mixture back into the pan (after washing) through a fine strainer.
  8. 7 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #8
    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).
  9. 1 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #9
    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.
  10. 15 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #10
    After this time, take out of the oven and leave to cool...
  11. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #11
    ...then chop roughly.

    Set aside.
  12. 15 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #12
    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.
  13. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #13
    After this, remove the paper and beans/beads to uncover the bottom of the pastry case.
  14. 5 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #14
    Cut 50 g dried apricots into small pieces.
  15. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #15
    Spread the chopped apricots and almonds in the pastry case.
  16. 2 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #16
    Pour the pistachio mixture over the top.
  17. 25 min.Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #17
    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.
  18. Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan : Photo of step #18
    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.

Source:

Home made.

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