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A flan is an open tart made from either a single crust or sponge shell that holds a sweet or savoury filling. Typically, a flan is round and may be filled with custard and topped with fruit. Flans are often cooked in bottomless, straight–sided metal flan rings (or tart rings) and baked on a baking tray, or in tins that have a removable base. In Spain and France, a flan (especially flan Catalan) refers to an egg custard, similar to a crème caramel.