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Serving temperature cold
Main ingredient(s) Shortcrust pastry or sponge cake
Not to be confused with Crème caramel, also known as flan or flan de leche

Flan is an open pastry or sponge cake containing a sweet or savoury filling. A typical flan of this sort is round, with shortcrust pastry. It is similar to a custard tart or a South African melktert.[1]

British savoury flans may have diverged from the Spanish and French custard flans (also known as crème caramel) in the Middle Ages.[citation needed]


The English word "flan", and the earlier forms "flaune" and "flawn", come from Old French flaon (modern French flan), in turn from early Medieval Latin fladōn-em, derived from Old High German flado, a sort of flat cake, probably from an Indo-European root for "flat" or "broad".[2]

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