Scottish Flans: Flan à la Caleb Balderstone

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The Scots Kitchen

By F. Marian McNeill

Published 2015

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Meg Dods’s Recipe1

In The Bride of Lammermoor, a flam (flan) figures in the menu which the worthy Caleb Balderstone draws up for the Master of Ravenswood.


  • Puff-paste, preserved fruit, frangipane2 (optional)


Rub butter on a fluted tin flan mould with a loose bottom, and line it with good puff paste. With a pastry-knife Vandyke3 the edge, and carve each Vandyke as a rose-leaf, veined. Bake ‘blind’. Fill with any sort of preserved fruit, as cherries, apples, apricots or pears.

Creamed flans are made by preparing thick frangipane into which six