Cupcake Monday! Pink Mini Fluted Flans
I haven't adequately expressed my love for Le Creuset just yet; I've been sitting on ideas for posts featuring my pastel mini cocottes, but wanted to try out the recipes first without the pressure of worrying about presentation for photos (and sometimes I just can't wait to dig in and make a mess of things). Then a couple weeks ago I found out I'd won a Junior Baking Set in a Le Creuset competition I entered for my daughter which was a nice surprise, the prize being the set you chose in your entry, offered in both pink and graded blue options. I went for the pie baking set in pink which includes a mini fluted flan dish, a small square dish and a silicon and wood pastry brush, all of which are great for little cooks and big cooks alike.
We made the super easy recipe for Very Berry Pie that came with the set (you can collect Le Creuset recipes in your own 'cook book' on their website). It's a sweet shortcrust base filled with sponge cake with a mix of fresh berries. We used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. We like berries. (Which reminds me of the time when my daughter was two and asked me if she could have some 'bolies'. I said 'Bolies? What are bolies hon?' and after going back and forth about what she meant she looked at me very frustrated and said very sternly 'BOLIES! You know, STRAWbolies, RASPbolies, BLACKbolies...BOLIES!' I laughed and she was appeased after eating a whole punnet of blueberries. Her berry eating still knows no limits, but after a trip to A&E a few months ago after overdoing it on strawberries and us thinking it may be her appendix - a mix of relief and embarrassment that you brought your kid to hospital at 3am for massive gas - we're more strict with curbing her gluttonous ways.)
The little tarts were so simple and delicious, we're going to buy a few more of the fluted flan dishes and experiment with different recipes. If you have any suggestions please share in the comments!
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