“I want to make this a better world for people to live in.” – Clarifier, Former Ruler of Pastillage
The present Flonyard of Dog Days is a land of mostly peace, where neighboring nations are more like family and “wars” are excuses for friendly battles. The Flonyard of the past, however, was a place of darkness. Demons overran the land and prevented communication between the kingdoms. It was in this time period that Couvert’s ancestor, Clarifier, summoned the Legendary Hero, Adelaide. It was “Fi’s” wish to eradicate the demons and bring peace to Flonyard. She dreamt of a world where everyone could make safe travel and trade. Fi and Adel’s journey started out rocky, but through dedication and with good friends they laid the groundwork for the Flonyard in which Cinque finds himself at the start.
As almost everything else in this series, the very name “Flonyard” hails from a French pastry, the flaugnarde. It is a light and fruity dessert with the appearance of pie, but the consistency of flan. Flaugnarde is surprisingly simple to make, but has countless variations available for the adventurous. Mine consists of apples and blackberries–I attempted to shape the berries into a heart to represent the rulers of Pastillage, Fi and Cou, but as you’ll see below, I could have done so more carefully. Next time!
Apple Blackberry Flaugnarde
- 2 apples (I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Gala)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- Zest of a lemon
- Butter (only used to coat the pie dish)
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel and cut the apples into slices.
- Butter a 9″ pie dish and place the apple pieces on the bottom of the dish.
- Scatter the blackberries on top–I attempted to make the shape of a heart like both Fi and Cou’s hairstyles.
- Whisk the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and lemon zest in a bowl (it will look like crepe batter).
- Pour the mixture over the apples in the dish.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the apples are browned on top and the pancake is puffed.
- Let cool 30 minutes before serving. The “pancake” will deflate when left to cool.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.
- Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
This dish was surprisingly un-sweet. This was probably in large part due to my choice of tart fruits like the Granny Smith apples and blackberries. If you’re aiming for something sweeter, you may want to consider sticking to apples like the Gala, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady. I liked how this flaugnarde turned out since I don’t often eat dessert. The milder flavors and custard-like texture are more comforting as my anytime-of-day treat.