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Not to be confused with Crème caramel, also known as flan or flan de leche. For other uses, see Flan (disambiguation).
Course Dessert
Serving temperature cold
Main ingredients custard
Cookbook:Flan  Flan

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

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  1. ^ Fort, Matthew (15 August 2009). "Food for Fort: An oats mill and french flan:How to roll your own oats, bake a flan nature and get perfect smoked fish". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition (1989); Petit Robert 1973.