Date posted: 01/05/2023

La Española summer seasonal vegetable and Spanish Manchego cheese flan

A delicious summer vegetable flan using seasonal vegetables – asparagus and green peas.

  • Serves 8
  • Timing: 1 hr 25 mins
Votes: 1 Average: 5


For the olive oil pastry:
Everyday Favourites plain flour 350g
Salt 1 tsp
Baking powder 1 tsp
La Española olive oil 150ml
Cold water 125ml
For the filling:
Small new potatoes 200g
Asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4 cm pieces 400g
Fresh peas 100g
Eggs, beaten 3
Crème fraiche 300ml
Finely grated Manchego 50g
La Española extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp


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  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Place a baking sheet in the oven.
  2. Place the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Pour in La Española olive oil and stir with a fork until a soft, ragged dough forms, gradually add the water. Gather into a ball with your hands and knead gently on lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and slightly elastic.
  3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, so it is slightly larger than a 23 cm flan tin and line the tin. Trim off any excess, then prick the based with a fork. Chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Cover the base with baking paper and fill with ceramic baking beans. Bake on the preheated tray for 15 minutes, then remove the paper and beans, return to the oven for a further 5 minutes until golden.
  5. Meanwhile boil the potatoes in salted boiling water for about 20 minutes until tender, add the asparagus and peas and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water. Cut the potatoes into half or into thick pieces, reserve some of the asparagus tips.
  6. Beat together the eggs, cream and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Add the vegetables to the flan case and scatter over the cheese, pour over the egg mixture. Return to the oven and cook for 35 minutes until set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Mix the reserved asparagus tips with La Española extra virgin organic olive oil and spoon on top of the flan. Serve in slices with salad.
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