French Apple Flan

French Apple Flan is a popular dish, perfect for autumn days when apples are plentiful.  
A perfect excuse to increase your Vitamin C and fibre from the apple content!

Sweet Pastry:
200g P Flour
Pinch Salt
50g Lard, or Vegetable Fat
50g Butter or Hard Margarine
25g Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1- 2 tbsp Water

75g Granulated Sugar
4tbsp Cider
400g Cooking Apples, such as Bramley
50g Butter
2 Egg Yolks
2tbsp Double cream
2 Dessert Apples, such as Cox
4tbsp Apricot Jam, sieved

1. First make the pastry by sieving the flour and salt
2. Blend the 2 fats together and then rub into the flour to form breadcrumbs
3. Stir in the sugar
4. Mix the yolk with 1 tbsp water and bind the mixture together. If it is too dry add just enough water to make a firm dough
5. Chill for 30 mins
6. Roll out carefully and line a  greased 20cm flan ring on a baking sheet
7. Bake blind at Gas 6, 200C for 20 minutes and then cool
8. For the filling heat the sugar and cider together then add the cooking apples
9. Gently simmer to a thick pulp, then cool
10. Beat in the margarine and egg yolks
11. Stir in the cream and place the mixture in the flan case
12. Peel the dessert apples and arrange on the top in a cartwheel pattern
13. Brush with melted jam
14. Bake at Gas 4 180C for 10 mins. Brush with remaining jam and leave until cold to serve

This recipe is based on a traditional apple recipe enhanced with a touch of cider.