A flan, in English and other cuisines, is a dish with an open, rimmed pastry or sponge base containing a sweet or savory filling; examples are quiche lorraine, custard tart, and the South African melktert.
|Type||Dessert or snack|
|Place of origin||Europe|
|Region or state||Global|
|Associated national cuisine||Roman cuisine|
|Serving temperature||Room temperature or cold|
The English word "flan", and the earlier forms "flaune" and "flawn", come from the Old French flaon (modern French flan), in turn from the early Medieval Latin fladōn-em, derived from the Old High German flado, a sort of flat cake, probably from an Indo-European root for "flat" or "broad".
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