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Manu's Gruyère Cheese Flan

Manu's Gruyère Cheese Flan

Forget the fancy restaurants, we asked Manu Feildel to develop a recipe ideal for spoiling your loved one for Valentine's Day in the comfort of your own home. Because nothing says "I love you" more than taking the time to prepare a beautiful meal for you and your partner to enjoy. It doesn't even have to be a complicated dish, in fact Manu says, "the simplicity of the ingredients in my flan is what makes it so special, allowing the cheese flavours to really shine."

By using a simple ingredient like eggs, and applying different cooking techniques, you can create different textures and flavours that will definitely "wow" that special someone.

Ingredients

  • 240ml pouring cream
  • 240ml full fat milk
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small clove of garlic, slightly crushed
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 60g grated cheese, either Gruyère, Comté or Emmental
  • 60g grated Parmesan
  • Baby leaf and herb salad, to serve

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C, lightly grease 4 x 160ml ramekins and bring a kettle of water to boil.
  2. Pour the cream and milk into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add garlic and thyme and heat until the mixture begins to steam.
  3. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl, season with salt and give it a good whisk. Stir in cheese. 
  4. Remove thyme and garlic from the cream. Gradually pour the hot cream into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into a saucepan over a medium heat and whisk until cheese is completely melted.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and into a heatproof jug.
  6.  Pour the mixture into prepared ramekins.
  7. Place ramekins in a deep baking tray and fill it with boiling water, until the water is about 1 inch off the top of the ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is just set but still jiggles in the middle. Leave to sit for 10-15 minutes to cool slightly before serving.
  8. To serve, invert flans onto plates and finish with a salad of baby herbs and greens.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving size 246g
  • Energy 1890kJ 452kcal
  • Protein 20.4g
  • Total fat 38.3g
  • Saturated fat 22.4g
  • Carbs (total) 5.9g
  • Carbs (sugar) 5.4g
  • Sodium 428mg
  • Fibre 2g
  • Vitamin D 4.2µg

All nutrition values are per serve.

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