Swiss Flan Recipe

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A Swiss cheese pie is called "flan." The pastry for this pie is sometimes closer to a rich biscuit dough, but in other versions a short pastry may be used. The word "flan" means different things in different countries; In Spain it is plain cramel custard, in France a fruit tart in pastry, in Switzerland a cheese custard in pastry. And sometimes Swiss Flan is made with onions and cheese in custard!

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TO MAKE THE PASTRY, chop butter into the biscuit mix, work in cream, and roll out on lightly floured board; or press into a 9 inch pie plate, fluting the edges. Chill while preparing filling.

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FOR THE FILLING, cook onion in butter until golden; cool slightly. Add eggs, cheese, and salt. Pour this mixture into pastry, and bake in oven preheated to 425 degrees F. (very hot) for 15 minutes; then reduce heat to 350 degrees F. (moderate) and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm as a luncheon entree to 4 to 6 persons, or cut into small wedges for appetizers. Makes 10 to 12 appetizers.

VARIATIONS: Instead of this pastry, regular pie crust may be used. Or make pastry of 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup butter, and 1 beaten egg. Do not attempt to roll out this butter-rich pastry; press it with your fingers into pie pan, fluting the edges.

Things You'll Need

  • 1c Biscuit mix
  • 3tb Butter
  • 1/4c Light cream
  • 1 Onion, large, sliced or
  • -chopped
  • 2tb Butter
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2c Natural Gruyere cheese (1/2
  • -lb), shredded
  • 1/4ts Salt

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