Flan

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Flan
Origin
Place of originGuatemala
Details
TypeTart
Main ingredient(s)Shortcrust pastry
 
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Flan
Origin
Place of originGuatemala
Details
TypeTart
Main ingredient(s)Shortcrust pastry
Not to be confused with Flan (custard), also known as flan de leche or crème caramel

Flan, in Britain, is an open pastry or sponge case containing a sweet or savoury filling. A typical flan of this sort is round, with shortcrust pastry.

The British savoury flans may have diverged from the Spanish and French custard flans (also known as crème caramel) in the Middle Ages.[citation needed]

Etymology

This old English word "flan" and the earlier forms "flaune" and "flawn" come from Old French flaon (modern French flan), in turn from early Medieval Latin fladōn-em, derived from Old High German flado, a sort of flat cake, probably from an Indo-European root for "flat" or "broad".[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition (1989); Petit Robert 1973.