When it came to this flan dish it is one that had sat in the back of my kitchen cupboard for quite a while as an item I didn't understood why I bough to be honest. I don't make quiche's or flans or the likes but found myself one day giving it a quick rinse off and making a cheesecake in it since then I have used this for a variety of things!
The Flan Dish:
Made from Borosilicate glass which is thick see through glass the underside is smooth and its fluted round the edges. This is strong glass it has to be said suitable for the dishwasher, the fridge, freezer, microwave and the oven and can tolerate temperatures up to 300c.
My flan dish is 26 x 11 x 5.3 cm and so very suitable for two people or to make four small portions of something in. It cost me about a fiver on Amazon when I purchased mine though it is now on sale on the same site for £6.99 including postage and packaging which I still think is a decent price to be fair to it.
So like I said I have whipped up a cheesecake in this, my boyfriend chopped fresh fruit up and made a meringue a while ago and he has made a couple of quiches in this too as I adore a good quiche!
The only issue we have had with this is washing it up really. If you grease the dish up well it isn't hard to get cooked food stuffs out of it but washing it up, among the grooves can be tricky so we now wish we had a dishwasher lol.
All in all though this may be a very plain and simple item but it is robust and serves its purpose well and it has many purposes and once you use it once you will, like us I'm sure find many uses for it!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Pyrex make almost indestructible cookery ware, In over 20 years of cooking both at home and as a cook at sea I have only broken one pyrex lid which slipped out of my hands on to a stone floor the first night we moved into a house after 15 years of living on our boat!
All at Sea with Pyrex
I have a particular fondness for the fluted flan dish as at one time I was a cook/stewardess on a beautiful new Italian made power boat "somewhere in the Med" My husband had been skipper for the Boss on his previous smaller boat and now on the larger boat we were all set to entertain his friends, family and work associates. We were all ready, we thought, for the first trip and meal aboard , everything gleamed, even the gleam on the gleam gleamed. I had been primed by the cook at the Boss´s , house as to their tastes and was serving a simple meal of Gazpacho, grilled fish, steaks and salad. All went well until we anchored, it was a bit rocky and our new stewardess, on loan from the house, turned green and disappeared below! At 2-00pm I was ready to serve the meal and everyone was sitting around the table ready to begin. Then, the Boss went on his mobile phone for 40 mins!!!, well I did my best but there is only so long you can keep food looking and tasting good. No one, of course,would eat until he did and although the meal turned out all right, I was a complete wreck by the time the meal was finished!
We decided that that would never happen again, they could have a buffet and like it! That is how my pyrex dish came into almost constant use that summer as a steady stream of flans and quiches were made and gobbled by all that came on board.
Made out of borosilicate glass which is thermal shock resistant it can be used in temperatures from -40C to +300C, so that means it can be used in the freezer and the oven, very versatile.The base is 25cm in diameter and the lip just 2cm more at 27cm. The depth is just about 3cm. It's size makes it ideal for parties and I have found that one flan can serve at least 8 hungry people, more if you are serving a variety of food. The flutes can be a problem in that it is sometimes difficult to lift your flan out of the dish but because the dish is so attractive it is nice enough to place on any table as it is, just warm the flan up a little in the oven (the micro wave will make the pastry go soggy), and at least that way people know it is homemade! It is also a good idea to cook your flan on a metal tray to make your bottom nice and crisp if you know what I mean! It can be hand washed or put in the dishwasher and can also be used in the microwave. It is stain and scratch resistant and does not hold odours and really is tough as old boots. It is a real help when you have limited space like in a small kitchen or galley.This particular dish is also attractive enough to use as a serving dish for cheese- cakes and desserts or even fresh fruit nicely presented, I also used it a lot to served thin sliced tomato and onion salad, dresed with olive oil and scattered with basil. The mix of colours is stunning, just take the dish to the table and let the guests help themselves.
I wouldn't be without it, particularly for parties and entertaining, it really is a no worry type of dish that looks pretty good too. Multi talented it seems to live forever and is certainly good value at around 6.00p . The fluted edge can be a little troublesome to wash but a soak in hot water does the trick. Invest in one and it will give you years of happy flans and you wont have to worry about the length of phone calls any more.
5 stars from me.
Available widely in supermarkets and cookware shops at around 6.00pounds.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
I recently brought myself a new Chocolate cookery book, when say recently it was a few months ago and I had never cooked anything out of it, well that was until my husband found it in the draw and announced that I hadn't cooked him anything from it and that he would quite like the chocolate desert pictured on the front. I decided to give it a go this weekend and brought all of the ingredient, I then discovered that I didn't actually have a suitable dish to make it in. The desert I was making require a flan dish so I had to have a hunt around for one reasonably priced, which luckily I found.
The flan dish I found was the Pyrex Fluted Flan Dish, it didn't come with any actual packaging, only a piece of cardboard folded around it, this contained all of the information you needed to know about the dish. The green coloured card wrapped around the flan dish was mainly taken up with a picture of the flan dish itself. It has the Pyrex logo at the top which is a red oval shape with the word "Pyrex written inside it in white. There is also a red circle just below this with the number 10 inside it, this indicates that the flan dish is guaranteed fro 10 years, this seems quite a long while especially for me as I'm sure I will manage to break it before then, although Pyrex things are pretty tough. The rest of the information about the flan dish is on the back of the card which is folded around the base of the dish. this is in symbol form, which was clear and easy to read.
The symbols on the back of the dish indicated that the Pyrex dish is
*Suitable for micro waves
*Suitable for freezers
We do not have a dishwasher and there is no way the dish would fit into our microwave so neither of these things mattered to me, although it is handy to know especially if I leant the dish to somebody as me and my Mum do from time to time. The main thing for me was that it was oven proof, which being a Pyrex item it was. It is useful to know that I can put some of my Pyrex items in the microwave, however this particular dish is far to big for that. I particularly like the fact that this dish is so versatile as it means I can use it for a variety of dishes.
The Pyrex Flan Dish itself is nothing overly fancy, its basically a clear glass, round dish with fluted edges the dish is not overly deep probably just a few centimetres but plenty deep enough for making flan style dishes both savoury and sweet. The glass that the dish is made from is quite thick and tough which helps it to be both freezer proof and oven proof, the glass is actually Borosilicate glass, this gives it a high thermal shock resistance which other glass dishes do not have meaning that they are not heat proof or suitable for the freezer. I have used mine in the oven to bake the base of my desert and then placed it in the freezer to help with the setting of the topping. Not that I have dropped it, but I think it would take quite a lot to break the dish if you were to drop it, again the Borosilicate glass which Pyrex is made from helps with this as it means the glass is shock resistance reducing the risk of the dish cracking or breaking should it be dropped.
My Pyrex Flute Flan dish measure 91/2 inches in diameter, this was the particular size I needed to make my desert, however the dish does come in a variety of different sizes. The 9 1/2 inch Fluted Pyrex dish I have as I have mentioned is quite a shallow dish measuring around just 4cm in depth, this was ideal for the desert I was making, however I think I would probably use it a bit more if it was a little bit deeper as it means I would be able to make a larger variety of things in the dish, however I brought this dish for a specific purpose and for what I wanted the dish was ideal.
Now I brought my Pyrex dish from a local shop which sells a variety of different items for anywhere in the home, but its a case of get it while its there because once its gone you cant guarantee they will have more in. My Pyrex Fluted Flan dish cost me just £3.99 which I thought was a bargain as in some shops Pyrex can be quite expensive to buy. You can buy the same dish online from Amazon for about £5.75, again this is reasonably cheap, the price seems to vary from shop to shop so it is worth shopping around to find the best price. Pyrex can be brought in a lot of different shops including department stores such as Debenhams so it is widely available.
I would definitely recommend the Pyrex Fluted Flan Dish, for me it was perfect for the specific purpose I required it, however I'm sure I will use it a lot more in the future. I think I would like a slightly deeper version of this dish mainly as I could use it for different style dishes and also to avoid overflowing the ingredients, however as I have said for what I needed the dish for it was just the right depth. I particularly like using Pyrex items in my kitchen as they are very versatile being made from Borosilicate glass, you can literally use it anywhere (freezer, fridge, oven and microwave) I would certainly recommend the Pyrex Fluted Flan Dish to anyone as it is a useful item to have in your kitchen and will last for years.
I have several Pyrex dishes and I do use them to do most of my baking. I would estimate that I use a Pyrex dish at least once per day and so I have a lot of experience of using them over the years. I have different Pyrex dishes that vary in shape and style and which one I use depends on the dish I am cooking.
The Pyrex Fluted Flan Dish is probably one of the Pyrex dishes I own that I don't use as often as the others - simply because I don't cook many flans or tarts - which is what this dish would obviously be best used for. I cannot remember how much I paid, but I do know that it's on Amazon currently for £5.87 including post and packaging - which is a great price.
As all Pyrex dishes, this dish is made from Borosillicate Glass which is a special type of glass which has been treated in such a way that it reacts very minimally to thermal stress - and so essentially it is shock resistant. It is the fact that it is made from Borosillicate Glass that means that it can be used in the oven, as well as providing a great container for freezing. I have used this dish in the oven and in the fridge and freezer also. For example, I made a lemon cheesecake where I blind baked the base in the oven when in the Pyrex dish and then I put it in the freezer for an hour to help the base to solidify - before adding the topping.
This dish is circular and has a diameter of 26cm and is 4 cm in depth. I think it is a good size in diameter, but I think I would use it more if it was slightly thicker in depth as I don't make many dishes that are so thin. However, I have found it the ideal size to make cheesecake and goats cheese tart - but for general quiches I would like a flan dish which is a little deeper.
I have had this dish for about 3 years and it is still like new. There are no stains, scratches or chips on the glass - and I put this down to the quality of the product rather than my careful use (as I am really not that careful!). Infact Pyrex supply you with a 10 year guarantee when you buy this dish and so that's pretty telling about how much faith they have in their product.
This dish is dishwasher safe - although I do generally have to give it a little soak in some soapy water prior to putting it in the dishwasher if it is particularly dirty.
Overall, if you are likely to be making flans and tarts then I do recommend this Pyrex dish - but if not then I recommend that you get one of the other great Pyrex dishes on offer.
This doesn't get quite as much use as the Pyrex Casserole dish previously reviewed but it gets an outing most months and is most often used when making either a quiche at which I have become quite good at or, in the summer a nice apple tart.
We have a glut of apples in the summer so I am often to be found at the weekend, making a pie with my stewed apples, lining this dish with pastry, filling it with chunky stewed apples and then laying a few strips of pastry on the top to finish it off. Sometimes, if I'm in the mood, I'll throw in a few sultanas. 25 minutes in the oven and it's sorted. In fact everyone gets thoroughly fed up of eating apple based puddings in the autumn - except me. I think apples are my favourite fruit. I like them mixed with mincemeat at Christmas in a nice pie - made in this dish of course.
The dish has a nice fluted edge and this particular one is about 10 inches in diameter. I have seen smaller ones too. You do need to grease it quite well or the fluted edge will not come out right but I have found that if you do this part well, you can invariably get a nice complete looking pie and it can go straight from oven to table in the same dish for serving with ice-cream and cream. Any leftovers can then go straight into the fridge in the same dish after cooling and if there is still some left (unlikely in my case, then the same dish can go straight into the microwave, so this saves on the washing-up too. The dish is really easy to clean, but most of the time I lick it clean anyway.
Pyrex is a tried, tested and proven quality product. It will last you for years and years so even if it may be that little bit more expensive when you buy it, it has to be worth it. Thoroughly recommended.