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On a day like today, rain & strong wind, I always feel like something savory and comforting. So I looked up an old recipe. It is one of the many variations of a Flemish flan recipe, which is called a Fair flan here in the region.

At home, this pie used to be baked during the fair in Axel (Pentecost weekend). Not so often in recent years unfortunately. So it's time to breathe new life into this tradition. And for those who want to try this pie, here is the recipe:



1 liter of milk
6 tablespoons dark brown caster sugar
6 tablespoons of syrup
3 slices gingerbread
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
salt to taste


Put a little bit of the milk a-side to make a temper with the cornflour.
Dissolve all the ingredients in the rest of the milk and bring to the boil over a low heat (stirring occasionally).
Adding the cooked mush to the temper (NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND ⚠️)
Bring to a boil over a small fire, stirring well, and let it cook for a while. Let it cool completely and put it in a buttered ovenproof dish.
Preheat the oven to approx. 230 degrees Celsius and let the pie bake for an hour.

And if you're thinking: that's a pretty solid flan, then you're right.
But don't forget, I'm from Zeelandic Flanders! You could say that I'm from the sticks... 😝

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