Gammon, tomato and cheese flan

    1 hour 55 min

    This is a flan cooked entirely in my microwave using the combination settings of convention and microwave.


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    Makes: 8 portions

    • 225g plain flour
    • 110g unsalted butter
    • pinch of salt
    • 3 tablespoons cold water
    • 200g smoked gammon
    • 4 fresh tomatoes
    • 200g creme fraiche (30% fat)
    • 20ml semi-skimmed milk
    • 4 medium eggs
    • 100g mixed grated cheese
    • salt and black pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Put the flour, butter and a pinch of salt into a food processor and mix until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the water until it joins together. Take the pastry out of the processor and roll into a ball and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    2. Use the pastry to fill a 23cm (9 in) non-metallic flan dish and bake this blind for 15 minutes at 200 C / Gas 6. Remove beans and foil (from blind baking) and then bake an additional 5 minutes to dry the bottom of the case (I use part of a beaten egg to seal the bottom). Once done leave to cool.
    3. Once the pastry is cool preheat the microwave to 190 C. Once heated use the combination feature to add 30% micro power.
    4. In the meantime make the filling by cooking the gammon, then add to the pastry case. Cut the tomatoes and add to the case. Mix the creme fraiche, milk, eggs and cheese together, season to taste and add to the pastry case.
    5. Cook for 18 minutes, take it out of the microwave and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then either let it go cold or serve warm.

    Other ideas

    If you don't know how to bake blind just Google it and you will get loads on how to do it. My microwave is the Sharp Jet Convection & Grill. Because you add the micro power to the cooking it cuts down how long you need to cook. Using pastry is the only time I preheat the microwave. In combination cooking you can also use a metal flan dish. You can also make the pastry by mixing it by hand. This recipe works well with bacon or ham.

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