Mini Flan Tarts

Mini Flan Tarts
Staff Writer

David Vergne

A flan tart is a classic dessert. It is simple and traditional, and wonderful just a little warm. Enjoyed by kids of all ages. 

Ingredients

For the tarts

  • frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed in the refrigerator
  • 1 1/4  Cup  pastry cream (recipe below)

For the pastry cream

  • 2  Cups  milk
  • 2  Tablespoons  vanilla extract
  • 1/3  Cup  plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • egg yolks
  • 3 1/2  Tablespoons  all-purpose flour

Directions

For the tarts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Use the bottom of an individual tart pan to trace 2 circles in the puff pastry the size of the tart pan. Press the dough into the pans and score the bottoms. Divide the pastry cream evenly between the tart shells. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes, remove the tarts from the pans, and cool for another 15 minutes. 

For the pastry cream

In a medium saucepan on low heat, warm the milk. Add the vanilla and 1/2 the sugar, whisking gently constantly. Maintain at a simmer.

In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks and the rest of the sugar and mix well. Add the flour in 3 parts, whisking well after each addition. Add about 1/3 cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture and whisk. Transfer the egg mixture back to the saucepan and raise the heat to medium. Bring to a gentle boil, whisking, and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use right away or let cool and store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
16g
67%
Cholesterol
78mg
26%
Carbohydrate, by difference
47g
36%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
354µg
51%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
383mg
38%
Choline, total
53mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
4µg
0%
Folate, total
36µg
9%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
55mg
17%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
373mg
53%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
366mg
24%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
4µg
27%
Water
296g
11%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Flan Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Flan Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.