Parisian Flan (French Custard Pie)
Parisian Flan (French Custard Pie)
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Parisian Flan (French Custard Pie)

30 MIN
55 MIN
6 H
15 MIN
10 to 12 servings
This Parisian-style flan dessert is a recipe that'll whisk you away to France!






  1. In a saucepan, bring milk, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, dissolve cornstarch in cream with a whisk. Add egg yolks and whole egg. Slowly incorporate into infused milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and strain. Cover with plastic wrap directly on cream and let cool in the refrigerator or over an ice water bath. Set aside.


  1. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse a few seconds at a time until it is the size of peas. Add milk and egg yolk and pulse until a ball begins to form. Shape into a disc with your hands.
  2. On a floured work surface, roll out pastry and line a 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter and 6-cm (2 ½-inch) deep springform pan. Press firmly. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. With the rack in the lowest position, preheat the oven to 200 °C (400 °F).
  4. Pour cooled custard into crust. Cut off excess dough to ½ cm (¼ inch) of the custard level. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until custard is only slightly wobbly. Set the oven to broil and caramelize for about 5 minutes or until surface of custard is partially burnt. Remove from oven. Let cool and refrigerate for 6 hours. Unmould.


Keep flan in the refrigerator, but let it temper before serving.


  1. I followed exact the recipe and the filling was not compact, was creamy. What was wrong?

  2. I've made this flan several times. The measurements are just fine I've even used different pastry recipes including a cream cheese no sugar style.

  3. I have great concerns about recipes in which the measures are incorrect. Attempting the recipe amounts to guessing. This recipe provides ingredients in cups (American dry measure) with corresponding ML - which is a liquid measure. 1ml should be equivalent to 1g, but the math is the recipe cannot work - all incorrect. Ex: 1 cup is equivalent to 120g, which is 180g = 1.5 C. According to this recipe 1.5C is equivalent to 375ml which is incorrect and ml is is liquid measure and this pertains to dry.

  4. Je suis français et grand fan de flan parisien, et cette recette marche du tonnerre! Avez vous tenté de la rendre plus Canadienne en remplaçant le sucre par du sirop d'érable ?

  5. Amazinggggggggggggg This recipe is perfect It took longer to bake for me. Like almost double the time but everyone's oven is different But do not be afraid of 6 tablespoons of cornstarch! Its fine I promise!!

  6. There is no problem with the 6 tablespoons of cornflour- it works perfectly. If your custard gets too thick when you are cooking it on the stove it is because you have left it too long. - heat it gently and keep stirring. As soon as it is thick enough to coat a spoon take it off the heat. It is easier to mix the egg and cornflour with the hot milk by pouring the milk slowly into the egg and cornflour mix rather than the other way round (as in the recipe)

  7. I used 6 tablespoons of cornstarch and it turned out perfect, I did not strain it though. Very good recipe.

  8. Great recipe, clear instruction. It is exactly what I had in Paris. Don't doubt 6 Tbs cornflour. I was concerned that it was too much but it turned out to be the wonderful and silky texture that I remembered. Thank you!

  9. I am afraid to say that I don't know why you make two crusts. Do you just have excess so you make a small one for the next time?

  10. Stunning..... lost for time, cheated and used puff pastry and still was yummy

  11. This is a fantastic recipe! Easy to follow instructions that make something truely delicious. Sharon D, you overlooked the custard; You are supposed to stop cooking the custard when it coats the back of a spoon, not cook it all the way. If it starts to boil, you have gone way too far.

  12. Exactly what I eat in Paris. Absolutely delicious and foolproof to make.

  13. I made this flan yesterday and also thought that 6 tablespoons of cornstarch was quite a lot, so I cut my quantity down to 4 tablespoons and it was perfect. Love this recipe, it's a keeper.

  14. This looks and tastes precisely like the ones found in Parisian patisseries. My favorite French pastry. Very clear instructions. Easy to make. Wonderful.

  15. My husband's favorite and we don't have to go to Paris for him to have it. Wonderful. Not complicated, and it tastes exactly like the Paris patisserie flan we love so much.

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