|Course||Main course or Dessert or Snack|
|Main ingredients||pastry, custard (sweet flans), vegetables (savoury flans)|
A flan, in English and other cuisines, is a dish with an open, rimmed pastry or sponge base containing a sweet or savoury filling. Examples are the quiche lorraine, custard tart, leche flan, and the South African melktert.
The English word "flan", and the earlier forms "flaune" and "flawn", come from the Old French flaon (modern French flan), in turn from the early Medieval Latin fladōn-em, derived from the Old High German flado, a sort of flat cake, probably from an Indo-European root for "flat" or "broad".