Preparation Time: 30 mins (+1hour refigeration time)
Cooking Time: 12 mins
- 1 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 185g cold butter, chopped coarsely
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp iced water, approximately
- 1 medium kiwi fruit
- 60g strawberries
- 60g blueberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 2 tbs pure cornflour
- 1/3 cup thickened cream, whipped
1) Process flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. With motor operating, add egg yolk and enough of the water to make all the ingredients come together. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Wrap pastry in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2) Grease a 24 hole mini muffin pan. Roll out the pastry between two sheets of baking paper until 1/8 inch thick (it might be easier to do this in two batches). Cut out 24 rounds using a round cutter big enough to fit your muffin holes (approximately 2 1/4inch rounds should do the trick). Press rounds into each hole and prick the bases of the cases well with a fork. Once all holes are filled with cases, refigerate for 30 minutes.
3) Preheat oven to 200'C/400'F.
4) Bake cases for about 12 minutes. Stand cases in their tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
5) Meanwhile, make the custard cream by combining the milk and extract in a small saucepan and bringing to the boil. Beat the egg yolk, sugar and cornflour together in a seperate bowl with an electric mixer until thick. With motor operating, gradually beat in the hot milk mixture. Return the custrard to the pan, stirring over the heat until it boils and thickens. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Fold cream into the custard in 2 batches.
6) Cut the kiwi fruit in quarters and strawberries in 8ths.
7) Divide the custard cream into pastry cases and top with fruit.
**Tip: Pastry cases and custard cream can be made and stored seperately 2 days ahead. Fold the cream into custard just before using. Assemble and serve flans as close to serving time as possible - about an hour is good.