Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cherry flan

The cherry season is here! I'm so excited because I'm a big fan of cherries in any form. LOL.

I made this cherry flan with slight modification for healthy options. There have been lots of "fatty" discussion among my colleagues lately because one of my colleague's husband has been diagnosed with high cholesterol level. We are trying to look for substitution for butter but without compromising the taste.

For this flan, I made the pastry from scratch which means I can control the amount of butter in the pastry, Then, I have swapped the 150g butter in the flan filling to 100g of Alfa one rice bran oil which contain no cholesterol and trans-fatty acids with reduced saturated fats and the best thing is it has the taste similar to butter!

I told my colleagues about this flan and we are excited with the result...

 
 
Here's the recipe from the Dec 2010 issue of BBC Australian GoodFood magazine

Preheat oven to 160°C fan force. Line a loose based 34 cm x 11 cm tart pan with 2 sheet of thawed frozen sweet pastry. 

(I made mine from scratch, mine is 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup icing sugar, 80g cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces, 1 egg yolk, a few drop of vanilla extract, all mixed in a food processor, rest in fridge for 30 min or more, rolled and line the pan, cut out and discard the excess pastry at the edges)
 
Bake for 15 min until golden. Scatter 300g  pitted cherries (I've used pitted can cherries to avoid the cherries from weeping during baking. Alternatively, I would suggest cooking the cherries in syrup before baking.) over base of tart shell. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 eggs, 1/2 cup caster sugar, 2 tbsp plain flour until thick and pale. Heat 150g unsalted butter in a saucepan until butter is melted, golden and nutty aroma. (I use Alfa one (100g) for healthier replacement). Quickly beat hot butter into egg mixture until well combined, then pour over cherries in tart shell. Bake for 40-45 min until golden

Happy Baking

27 comments:

  1. i'm surprised using Alfa one did not change the texture or appearance of the flan! kudos for making it healthier :D

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  2. I love flan. I am sure it tastes wonderful with the cherries. I still have frozen organic cherries in the freezer.

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  3. What a photos..oh if computer only had an opening to reach in and grab just a little piece:)))Yum!

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  4. Hi Zoe,

    Thanks for stopping by my site - welcome - glad to have you following!!

    Yes, I love cherries to - can't wait to start using them!! Love the look of your flan!

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  5. I LOVE flan! But I never make it with a pastry crust, and I don't use butter in the filling...then again, mine isn't exactly low in cholesterol, since it has a can of evaporated milk and a ton of eggs XP

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  6. This looks really good - not like flan that I'm used to here. Flan here is kind of goopy and slimy. This looks like a cobbler - mouthwatering!! :o)

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  7. This looks fantastic! I love how dense the pastry appears, and the high concentration of cherries...I wish it were cherry season here :)

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  8. Sorry everyone. I forgot to mention that the cherries that I used are from the jar to avoid weeping of the cherries during baking. Alternatively, I could have cooked fresh cherries in syrup before putting them in the pastry :D

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  9. Grub: I'm surprised too that the texture of the flan filling is still fluffy.

    Kristen (Kitchen in the Rockies): I should start freezing the fresh cherries now so that I can use them when they are not in season. I "cheated" this time by using can cherries because I was too lazy to pit the cherries :p

    Thanks everyone for dropping by and your wonderful comments :D

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  10. I love cherry, the flan looks good and yummy!

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  11. wow...wow...wow...!!!How i wish i could taste your flan with fresh cherries!

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  12. This flan looks absolutely beautiful! Great job with finding the Alfa as a substitute! I'll have to be on the lookout for it!

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  13. This flan looks gorgeous and I like the fact that you substituted the butter with a vegetarian product. I do it all the time.

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  14. Very delectable and gorgeous cherry flan..inviting..

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  15. yay for low cholesterol dessert :) ive high chol. as well so am always looking for ways to indulge healthily hehehe.

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  16. Wow, this looks good! I love cherries, as you know, the price of cherries is really over the moon, over here! Hey, the new challenge is all about raisins, yummy, plump raisins! Check it out at Melynda's. You are a great baker, see you in the next challenge! ^..^

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  17. this flan looks good and big too!i havent tried making flans before and i sometimes cannot differentiate between a flan and a tart.

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  18. It looks beautiful and delicious! I think making it healthier didn't compromise the outcome:)

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  19. Beautiful pics and delicious recipes. LOL

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  20. Hi zoe,

    this flans looks good! What do you mean by the cherries weeping?

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  21. Thanks everyone for their wonderful comments.

    Bakertan: Cherries and all fruits release their water content during cooking and "weeping" is just a fanciful way to describe this :D

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  22. Low fat, I couldn't tell from looking I could just see those juicy cherries peaking out.

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  23. I miss fresh cherries- they're one of my favorite fruits! I could probably use frozen in this recipe though, without too much a problem. I'm trying out ways to make my baked goods healthier as well- every little bit helps. :)

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