One thing that I always look forward to around Christmas time is appearance of all the seasonal food in the shops. One thing that my Mum and I enjoy are chestnuts, which we both keep any eye out for when it reaches December.
I love roasted chestnuts, but the are a pain to peel; it takes ages to do, and I often end up breaking my nails in the process. For the chestnut flan I have therefore gone for the easy option and bought a box of pre-cooked and peeled chestnuts. It is a time saver, and means you flan is full of whole chestnuts instead of crumbly bits and pieces of shell.
Serves: 8 Kcal/Serving: 157 (based on the brands I used) Cooking Time: 1 hour
200g chestnuts (cooked and peeled) 125g Xylitol sweetener (or ordinary sugar if you prefer) 5 large eggs 1 pint soya milk 200g plain yoghurt
Flans started with the Romans, but the dishes were quite different from today; they were usually a savoury dish and a typical meal would be an eel flan.
When their empire expanded into Europe, flans came for the ride. They became very popular during the middle ages, with sweet flans starting to be devised, such as ones with custard based fillings.
In Britain, a flan is typically the filling of a pastry tart, but in countries such as France and Spain, it can also be a sweet custard baked in a mould. The term 'flan' actually comes from the old French word 'flaon', and means 'flat cake'.
It looks yummy. And I loved the "did you know bit". You made giggle with broken nails and the crumbly chestnuts. I know the feeling! I completely agree about the ready done ones. Pumpkin us another one that needs ready prepared versions. S :)