“ Brand: Asda / Type: Baking Aids „
I recently took up cooking again. I've always kind of participated, but had let it slip somewhat. My preference is for making pastry dishes, pies, quiche's and the like, with my current favourite being leek and mushroom quiche. However there are times when savoury isn't going to work and sweet raises its pretty little head.
ASDA flan case
At around 69p these are great value and save a lot of time. Trying to make one of these and getting it to look as perfect as the bought one's is nigh on impossible...........for me least. This is a nice soft sponge flan, which can be used for a multitude of delicious dishes.
I like to make up some quick gel, which is readily available, and make my first flan from fresh fruit. I have or will have an abundance of strawberries soon since they have flowered and now just need some watering and some sunshine and hopefully we'll get plenty of that in the coming weeks. I like to slice my strawberries and layer the flan case with them putting a little of the quick gel in between layers.
The flan is sweet and spongy, but I don't think it is too sweet, the gel if not left to cool enough will seep into the soft flan so I take a little care over this since I want to have the texture and taste of the flan without it being soaked in jelly. I'd say that the average thickness of the flan is probably just over an eighth of an inch so its not too thick, for some recipes I think I'd prefer it too be just a shade thicker.
Once the flan is made and the gel set cutting is easy and there are crumbs, but not an awful lot. The texture of the strawberries works well with the soft springy flan and the overall result is that of a success. I do tend to put some cream over this which can make bits of the flan soggy, but that in itself is sometimes just as delicious.
I think this 6-8 inch flan case is a great time saver and an excellent buy. Making it yourself would take ages and in all likelihood cost more than the pre-made ones like this. I think that it is definitely good value for money and is very tasty. Strawberries are just one idea of a filling I'm sure you can come up with some equally delightful offerings. I would like some ideas if you care to leave them as a comment I'd be very grateful.
I know that in the olden days many people used to make their own flan cases in special flan dishes, but nowadays there's really no need to do so. This flan case is available for just 55 pence from Asda and it's really lovely, nicer than I could make myself I'm sure!
The flan case is 200 grams and about the size of a large dinner plate or a bit bigger. It's easily enough to go round six or seven people. It comes packaged in plastic to prevent in getting squashed whilst travelling from the supermarket to your house!
Making a flan using this case is incredibly easy. All you need is some fresh (or frozen) fruit such as raspberries, strawberries or peach slices, and some fruit gel, such as Green's Quick Jel which is available in orange or red. Put the fruit inside the flan case, then mix up the gel with boiling water and pour over. And there you have it, simple!
The flan case tastes lovely. It is light and fluffy and tastes just like a really nice sponge cake. It isn't too dry and it doesn't get soggy either, it is just right.
It's also not too bad for you. It doesn't have any artificial colours or flavours. 100 grams (half the flan case!) contains 352 calories, 39 grams of sugar and 5.5 grams of fat. When you think you will probably be having just a third of that if you cut the flan into sixths, it's really not that bad for a dessert base, coming in at just over 100 calories, 13 grams of sugar and a couple of grams of fat. Not bad for a treat!