Apple Flan

It is not often that I made a dessert twice, other than my chocolate cake, which I used to make every weekend. But I made this apple flan twice so that I could get a photograph of it. The flan was baked for my chopping board chit chat for Woolworths, but they chose not to use the recipe. We had the first attempt at a dinner party at my friend Erica’s house, and the second attempt we enjoyed on the Sunday for tea.

Apple Flan
Apple Flan
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Apple Flan

Recipe Category: Baking, Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 flan
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 1 roll short crust pastry
  • 8 apples, cored
  • Lemon juice for drizzling
  • 30 mls fructose
  • 5 mls cinnamon
  • 50 g butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Butter and flour a 25cm flan tin
  • Roll out the pastry to 30cm round
  • Gently place into the flan tin and bake blind for 20 minutes
  • Thinly slice the apples and cut in half
  • Drizzle well with lemon juice
  • Mix together the fructose and the cinnamon
  • Place as many layers as you can of the apples in concentric circles on the pastry – make sure you overfill the flan as the apples will drop when they cook down
  • Sprinkle one teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar over each layer
  • Pour over the butter
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top as you take it out the oven
  • Leave to cool before trimming the edges and removing the apple flan

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Ingredients used in my apple flan:
  • There is no shame in purchasing pastry! Especially when it comes to puff pastry which is labour intensive. I don’t usually buy store bought short crust pastry as it is easy to make. But for this recipe I did, only to save time.
  • When choosing apples go for ones in season, that are firm and unblemished. We are lucky to live in apple farming country which means access to recently picked apples.
  • For the lemon juice you can use a bottle of juice that keeps in your fridge. No need to buy lemons for this recipe.
  • I use fructose but you can replace it with sugar, ml for ml.
  • Use the best quality ground cinnamon you can afford. You will smell the difference.
  • For this recipe use unsalted butter.

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54 thoughts on “Apple Flan

  1. That looks gorgoeus – I love apple desserts. And I´ll have to show Big Man a photo as I´ve been trying to explain to him for years that Flan in English is not Creme Caramel (as in Spanish) but this gorgeous dessert 🙂

  2. I love it hot out of the oven with a bit of ala mode… Actually, I have to let you in a secret, this would be a favorite breakfast for me… I know it would not score as the healthiest one, but a tasty one at that….Take care, BAM

  3. Well here is the friend who first got to try it, and believe me, tasting is believing! This remains my favourite thing that Tandy has ever cooked for me, and the competition has been stiff! Gonna give this one a bash, if I can get it right, anyone can!

    1. lol – you are too kind and such a great friend! thanks for the visit last night 🙂 I broke the flute this morning – sooooooo tired! been up since 3am 🙁 love you muchly

    1. I love the fact that different words can lead to different meanings – it makes photo’s that much more worthwhile taking 🙂

  4. Gorgeous. And you have set me thinking: I have just been given a consignment of rhubarb from a friend’s garden. I wonder if it would be possible to combine it with apples in a flan?

  5. It’s funny, one of my coworkers and I were JUST talking about apple-y desserts and how delicious they are…and now this! Perfect timing.

  6. A simple apple recipe is so perfect after a big meal. Having an orchard, you know I’ll tell all the people that I share this recipe with that it came from faraway South Africa. That will definitely get their attention here in New England.

    1. thank you Karen! I hope all your lucky guests enjoy this. I am sure your apples will be amazing in this dessert 🙂

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