150 grams plain flour
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 tablespoons water
75 grams butter plus 25 grams for topping
50 grams rindless streaky bacon
150 ml single cream
4 tablespoons freshly grated cheese
-Sift the flour on to a worktop and make a well in the centre. Sprinkle the seasoning and water into the well.
-Cut up the 75 grams butter and scatter around the edge. Mix these ingredients quickly together to make a dough and cut the dough into 4 equal portions.
-Roll each piece to fit an individual flan dish, 8-10 cm in diameter. Lightly grease the cases and line them with the pastry.
-Finely dice the bacon, fry it for a few minutes, then sprinkle over the flan bases.
-Beat the eggs with the cream, seasoning to taste and add the cheese.
-Pour the mixture over the bacon. Dot each flan with a little butter.
-Bake the flans in a moderately hot oven about 200*C for 15-20 minutes.
-If they begin to brown too quickly, cover them with greaseproof paper.