Masterchef Australia by itself is responsible for me producing a whole lot of recipes that I watched on the show. This delicious nectarine frangipane flan is one of those. Original recipe is from Maggie Beer.
While Tom and I watch episode after episode of season 1 of masterchef Australia, dish after dish is whipped up and even the ones that get bad reviews are probably all dishes I would not be able to make myself. So I’m always pretty impressed with what they make. Granted there are always people that tell me that the people on masterchef cannot cook. That it’s all child’s play. Child’s play?? Are you serious? Sure there is an element of show in there that’s just part of the tv series and that’s fine, but I refuse to believe that the top 24 of masterchef cannot cook. That’s just a ridiculous assumption.
I think they’re all brilliant. Some more then others (we all have our favorites) but I totally love watching the show and I do get inspired by it a great deal. I would not have made a chocolate mousse with olive oil if it wasn’t for George Calombaris and now this dessert. I think it was actually from season 3 that they showed this dish… I’m starting to wonder about the season now… (the reason being that they started season 3, while season 1 was still running. Very nice if the first episode shows you the winner of season 1. That was a total bummer…)
It was part of a 3 item dessert that Maggie Beer (what a lovely lady!!) presented to the contestants and they had to reproduce. This flan caught my eye and I just had to make it. Luckily the recipe was on the website of Maggie so that was easily fixed. However; one of the ingredients that was needed for this was verjuice glaze… What?? I never heard of verjuice (or verjus as we call it here) before so it took some tweeting around before I had the answer. It’s essentially the juice of unripe grapes and ofcourse, not something you can buy in a supermarket.
Luckily Hans Klomp, who is the (head?)chef at Vineyard Catering where I did a few foodshoots a couple of months back, tweeted to me that it was sold at Vanilla Venture. They responded via twitter quite quickly and while they normally don’t deliver to consumers they kindly agreed that I could buy a bottle. It was delivered to a restaurant here in Almere where I could pick it up. So fantastic service by Vanilla Venture! I was really happy with that.
So I had a bottle of verjuice but now I still needed to make the dessert. And that is what I did today. I loved the taste of the dessert; the sweetness of the frangipane and the slightly sour taste of the verjuice went brilliantly together. I did make a few mistakes when baking so it could have looked better, but this was my first time with this dough (never my strongest point) so all things considering; I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
Nectarine frangipane flan with verjuice glazen
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
It's summery, it's fruity, it's not as complicated as you might think and well, simply delicious!
SOUR CREAM PASTRY
- 75 gr flour
- 60 gr cold, unsalted butter, in cubes
- 40 gr sourcreaM
- 60 gr butter, soft at roomtemperature
- 75 gr caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp grand marnier
- zest 1/4 lime
- 100 gr almond flour
- 10 gr all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Brix verjus red (mix of red and white grapes)
- 1/4 cup castor sugar
- 2 nectarines, halved, deseeded and sliced thinly
- Place flour and butter in a kitchen machine or stickblender and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add sour cream and pulse until pastry just starts to come together. Remove, divide in half and press into two discs. Cover with cling wrap and place in a refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.
- Preheat a fan forced oven to 175 C. For the frangipane, place butter and castor sugar into kitchen machine or stick blender and process until light and creamy.
- Add egg and process for 1 minute. Add the Grand Marnier and lemon zest and process for 30 seconds before adding the flour and almond meal. Process to combine.
- Set aside until ready to use.
- Remove from heat and set aside. Place pastry between two sheets of baking paper and roll out to 3 mm thick.
- Roughly cut two 6 cm x 9 cm rectangles, transfer to a baking paper lined oven tray.
- Make a slight insertion, only half way through the pastry, 3 mm from the edge, down both sides and at either ends. Prick the centre cut section with a fork. Place onto a baking paper lined oven tray and bake for 15 minutes. Just to be clear here; you remove the puffed up part of the centre piece, so not the entire middle part as that will leave you with just the edges. What you need is like a little basket where you can put the frangipane in. In the oven the middle part will have puffed up a bit, you take that top layer of.
- Remove from oven and remove the centre piece of the pastry, leaving you with a small case. Fill centre with 1 tbsp of frangipane.
- Top frangipane with 5-6 slices of nectarine and brush with verjuice syrup.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, remove from oven and brush with verjuice syrup and set aside to cool.
Depending on your oven the baking times might be longer. I found that mine were not browning yet after 15 minutes in the oven, but I didn't know how much more they would brown in the 2nd part so I took them out which was a mistake looking back. They can be a bit brown when you start on the second process. If it is still too raw it will not cook properly.
The part where it says to remove the middle section can be a little confusing. I know I was confused initially. What you need to do is you remove the top layer of the middle section but you leave the bottom in as that will have to support your frangipane.
RECIPE by Maggi Beer
If you’re also curious to find out how the former contestants and winner of the first season of Masterchef Australia are doing? I know I was, so I looked up the websites of my favorites. So have a look if you want!
Julie Goodwin – Julie is on her second cookbook now which is about to be released soon.
Justine Schofield – Justine has started her own catering company
Chris Badenoch – He wrote a cookbook too but there is also some controversial stuff going on around him. I’m not interested enough to find out but if you’re into juice gossip… I would google some more.