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This article is about the open pie. For other uses, see Flan (disambiguation).
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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  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.