I know this sounds like an unusual recipe; and it is - its effectively a Thai -style Green Curry in a pastry base, still I was still a little curious to try it out and see if it worked. What's more its made with root vegetables. This is not an egg set flan, but a little oozy when you slice into it.
Now having made this, I am not completely convinced it works well in the pastry base, so I am not going to try and persuade you to try it, unless of course you want too. I will say this though, it tasted okay. I particularly liked how the Thai curry flavours infused the parsnip. I served this flan simply with some rice and
Recipe for the Pastry
For a 8 - 9 inch round tin
For the shortcrust pastry
170g plain flour
A pinch of salt
85g cold butter
2 tablespoons cold water
Method for short crust pastry
Sift the flour with the salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the
mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add 2 tablespoons cold water to the
mixture. Mix to a firm dough. It may be necessary to add more water. Chill,
wrapped for at least 30 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry and use to line a 8- 9 inch
round dish, then back blind. Set aside to cool. Now make the filling.
Thai Green Root Vegetable Filling
Serves 4 - 6
2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, sliced
2 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoon plain flour
1 – 2 tablespoon Thai green curry paste
300ml vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 2 tablespoon fresh coriander,
Preheat oven to gas mark 6.
Bring water to the boil and parboil the
root vegetables until just tender. Drain
and set aside to cool.
In a wide pan, heat the oil, then cook the
onions until very soft. Add the flour to
make a roux, stirring well. Add the
curry paste, the stock and the milk.
Bring to a gentle boil, until the mixture begins to thicken a
little. Season with salt and pepper to
taste and then stir in the vegetables and coriander if using.
Pour this into the pastry case and bake for 30 minutes. Adapted from Another Dinner is Possible.