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Onion and Cheese Flan

ingredients

serves: 6
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch cayenne pepper
90 g (3 oz) butter
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons water

for the filling

250 g (8 oz) Swiss cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 tablespoon butter
4 eggs
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 drops Tabasco sauce freshly ground pepper

method

for the pastry case

1. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.

2. Rub butter into flour with fingertips until mixture is crumbly.

3. Mix egg yolk, lemon juice and water, add to flour and mix to a dough with a round-bladed knife.

4. Wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Roll out and line a 23 cm (9 inch) flan ring. Prick base of flan, line inside with a circle of greased greaseproof paper and fill with dried beans. Bake on the middle shelf of a moderately hot oven 190-200°C (375-400°F) for 15 minutes.

6. Remove paper and beans.


for the filling

1. Prepare and partly cook pastry case as directed for Smoked Salmon Flan.

2. Mix cheese and flour together and sprinkle into partly baked flan case.

3. Saute onion in butter until transparent and arrange over cheese mixture.

4. Beat eggs lightly and add cream, milk, nutmeg, Tabasco sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Pour carefully over onion rings, place flan in a moderately hot oven 190-200°C (375-400°F) and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set and top is golden brown.

6. Serve hot or cold.

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