Here is the recipe for the Mandarin Curd Flan mentioned on ABC radio this morning, the one I took in for morning tea. Mandarins are readily available at the moment and full of flavour.
Mandarin Curd Flan
For the flan base
4 eggs, separated
½ cup sugar
1 cup self raising flour
180ml milk lukewarm milk
20g butter, melted
Grated rind 2 mandarins and 1 teaspoons grated lemon rind
For the mandarin curd
Grated rind 2 mandarins
Juice 2 mandarins
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cornflour mixed to a paste with 1 ½ tablespoons cold water
2 eggs, lightly whisked
For the mandarin segments (optional, for decoration)
2 cups sugar
1¾ cups water
4 mandarins, segmented and stringy pieces of pith removed
For the Chantilly Cream
1 ½ teaspoons icing sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the flan base
Heat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 23cm flan tin (with recess base). The tin should be at least 4cm deep. See below for the one I used.
Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form, then add the sugar and beat until peaks form again. Fold in (with a knife) the flour, milk and butter, then fold in the rinds.
Pour into the prepared tin.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through. Leave to stand in tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
To make the mandarin curd
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring almost to boilig point, stirring until the mixture thickens. (If it does boil only allow to do so for a few seconds). Cool completely.
To make the candied mandarin segments
Bring sugar and water to boil, stirring. Reduce heat (stop stirring) and add the mandarin segments. Cook gently for 10 minutes, turning over once. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.
To make the Chantilly Cream
Whisk the ingredients together until firm peaks form.
Place the cooled flan base on a platter and fill the recess with the chilled curd. Spread with a thin layer of cream and then use remainder to pipe swirls decoratively over top.
Place a mandarin segment on each swirl and along the edges as desired.