I have a really old cookbook from England called The A to Z of Cooking.  In fact, it was the first cookbook I owned after buying it at about 11 year’s old from a church jumble sale.  I think it’s circa 1970~.

I remember pouring over this book as a teenager wanting to make every single dish in it and marveling at the photos of food.  One of the dishes I made multiple times for my family was the French Apple Flan.  The photos now looks so old and dated but I still love this book.

After being invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving I told her I would make Apple Pie but after thinking about it, I decided to try and make the French Apple Flan dish I last made about 30 years ago.  Yikes I just made myself sound so old!  Just in case it all went wrong Thursday morning, I did a trial run through tonight.

French Apple Flan

Adapted from an a recipe in The A to Z of Cooking
Serves 6

2 cups of Flour
Pinch of Salt
2 cup of butter
1 egg

4 apples – I used red sweet apples – peeled, cored and quartered
1/2 cup of white wine
Strip of lemon rind
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
4 crisp apples – I used granny smith as I love the tartness – peeled cored and thinly sliced
5 tablespoons of apricot jam
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

For the pastry (the old fashioned way).  Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.  Add the butter and run in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Mix in the egg and enough water to make a smooth dough.  Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

While the dough is chilling, put the first 4 apples, wine and lemon rind, butter and half the sugar in a saucepan. Cover and simmer gently until the apples are tender


Remove the lemon rind and puree the apple mixture in a blender


Roll out the dough into a circle large enough to fit an 8 inch flan dish. Trim off any excess dough. Pour the apple puree into the flan case


Arrange sliced apples, overlapping, on top of the apple puree. Sprinkle with the rest of the sugar and bake for 40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the pastry is golden


Melt the jam with the lemon juice in a pan and pour over the hot
cooked flan


I did have a slice and am thrilled at how it turned out.  Really tasty, not overly sweet and scrumptious with vanilla ice cream. There may be another slice coming my way later this evening.  For tomorrow I think I am going to do half white sugar and have brown and use the brown sugar to cover the sliced apples.  Brown sugar crystallizes a little better and gives it that lovely candy apple look.  We shall see what the diners think.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!