Magali Recipe

Magali Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 4

100 g/4 oz/1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour

90 g butter, diced

10 ml/2 tsp caster (superfine) sugar

Cold water, to mix
150 g/5 oz plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
300 ml double (heavy) cream
15 ml/1 tbsp dark rum or brandy
A few toasted, blanched almonds, to decorate


Put the flour in a bowl and rub in 50 g/2 oz of the butter. Stir in the sugar and mix with enough cold water to form a firm dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface. Wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll out and use to line four individual flan dishes (pie pans). Prick the bases with a fork and fill with crumpled foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 for 8 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for 5 minutes to dry out. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Meanwhile, break the chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan with the remaining butter and 120 ml of the cream. Heat gently, stirring until melted, then beat until thick. Beat in the rum or brandy. If the mixture starts to separate, stir in 5 ml/1 tsp cold water. Spoon into the flan cases (pie shells). Leave to cool, then chill. Whip the remaining cream and use to decorate the flans. Top with the toasted almonds.

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