Apple frangipane flan is an open pastry filled with almond-flavored cream known as Fragipane and apple slices. In this recipe, the bottom of the flan is spread with raspberry jam for added flavor. You need to make two preparations for this dish: the sweet dough pastry and the filling. To make the sweet dough, you need milk, all-purpose flour, cold water, fresh yeast, salt, sugar, shortening, and eggs. For the filling, you need raspberry jam, apples, almond cream or Frangiapane, ground almond meal, sugar, egg, butter, vanilla extract, and all-purpose flour.
Once the filling is in the pastry and the lattice top is placed on top, brush an egg wash over it to gives a golden appearance and tender flakiness. To make an egg wash, break an egg into a bowl. If desired, add just a tiny amount of milk or water. Whisk the egg or egg mixture. Use a pastry brush to apply the wash over the pastry before placing it in the oven.
In this recipe, flan refers to a type of open pastry with a sweet or savory filling. It is not to be confused with the custard known as flan de leche, leche flan, or crème caramel. Typically, a flan is round in shape and made with short crust pastry.
Frangipane or franchipane is a French filling made with almonds or flavored with almond. This filling can be used in different types of pastries including tarts, cakes, and Jesuite. Originally, frangipane is a custard tart flavored by almonds or pistachios but later could refer to a filling that is used in a variety of baked goods and confections. Normally, it is made with butter, eggs, sugar, and ground almonds. The butter and sugar should first be creamed until pale to get a smooth and fluffy consistency before adding the other ingredients.
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