This light, creamy custard flan is the perfect way to end a meal on a hot summer’s day. From The Art of French Baking, recipes by Ginette Mathiot. Published by Phaidon Press, $49.95.

Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus chilling time. Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves 6


185 g (6 1/2 oz) caster sugar

1 x 1kg (2 1/4-lb) tin pineapple chunks, fruit and juice separated

6 eggs

40 g (1 1/2 oz) plain flour

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons Kirsch


Prepare the day before. To make a light caramel, pour 85 g (3 oz) of the sugar and 2 tablespoons water into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is slightly melted around the edges, about 5 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir until the sugar has completely melted and is amber coloured. Carefully pour it into a 20-cm (8inch) charlotte mould to coat the insides.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Crush three-quarters of the pineapple and place with the juice from the tin and the remaining sugar in a non-reactive pan. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes. Dice the remaining pineapple and add to the pan. Cook for a further 5 minutes. Break the eggs into a large bowl and whisk in the flour, lemon juice and Kirsch. Add the pineapple.

Pour the mixture into the prepared mould, place in a roasting tin half-filled with hot water and bake for 1 hour. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Turn out and serve the next day.

What is your favourite summer dessert?