Sugarfree fruit flan 

Recently I baked a 'SUGAR FREE' pie for the one and only Jesse Heffels,
He is a youtuber who, like many others, (like me) loves to jump on a trampoline.
He practices amazing tricks, which I don’t dare to do yet!
He makes vlogs of his tricks, and I enjoy seeing them!

By crossjumps I heard that Jesse lives in Limburg and that brought me on a challenge to think of a sugar-free variant on a flan.
It has become a flan with cherries and custard cream!
Especially for you I have written the recipe down to the pearl sugar!
And all in one article!
This is how I made it.

The pearl ‘sugar’

To be honest, I picked this recipe from one of Monique's cookbooks.
The recipe for the sugar-free pearl sugar is in her cookbook: Natuurlijk lekker bakken

Sugar-free pearl sugar??? Yes, it is true! And I'd like to let you know how I make it!

What do you need?

100 grams of erythritol

a little bit of water (be careful not to use too much, otherwise it will not get hard!)

What to do?

Prepare a plate or tray covered with parchment paper
Melt the erythritol with the water in a pan.
When it has completely melted, pour the mass into the plate or tray covered with parchment paper.
This will harden up in several hours, after that you may break this into small pieces!


The fruit jelly

For the fruit jelly I used cherries from the freezer, because there are no extra sugars added in it!
In the summer you can also use fresh cherries, strawberries or whatever you want for this delicious flan.

What do you need?

750 grams of cherries without seeds

Stevia to taste ( I used 10 grams of Greensweet Stevia xtra sweet)

25 grams of arrowroot powder

What to do?

Heat the fruit in a pan, add the Stevia.
When it boils, and enough juice has come off, make a paste of the arrowroot with some water.
Add this to the fruit and let it thicken.
When it has thickened enough, remove the pan from the heat and let the fruit cool down.


The custard

This custard I made with custard powder, and I added Stevia instead of sugar.
It is easy to make!

What do you need?

500 ml of whole milk

Stevia to taste ( I used 8 grams of Greensweet Stevia xtra sweet.)

50 grams of custard powder

a little bit of cold milk for the custard powder

What to do?
Heat the milk with the Stevia.
Make a paste of the custard powder with the cold milk.
Once the milk is boiling, add the custard paste and stir well.
Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove any lumps.
Let it cool down on a plate sprinkled with water.


The dough

Now that we have finished with the fillings, we can start preparing the dough

What do you need?

375 grams of wheat flour

22 grams of fresh yeast

3 grams of salt

6 grams Greensweet sweet xtra

31 grams of erythritol

150 grams of butter

150 ml of whole milk

What to do?

Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
Please note that the yeast and salt do not qualify which each other, they are not each other's best friends. Salt ensures that the yeast 'dies' so that the dough will not rise.
When all ingredients are in a bowl you can knead the dough.
Knead until a firm dough is formed.
Let the dough rise. (This takes about 30 minutes to an hour)


So now we have everything ready to make the pie.

First, preheat the oven to 190 degrees and grease the flan pan with butter, and then you can get started.

Roll out the dough into a thin slice.
Divide the dough over the flan pan.
It is best to press the dough to the sides now, and then remove the residual dough.
(In my video I did it the other way, oops ...)

Now you can divide the custard cream over the bottom, do the same with the fruit jelly.
Then roll out the remaining dough and then slice thin strips.
Divide the strips over the flan.
Brush the dough strips with a beaten egg.

Now the pie can be put in the oven for 30 minutes.

When the flan is cooked, remove it from the oven and decorate the flan with the pearl sugar.
Let cool, and enjoy!