It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.
Its flaky and slightly burned crust was reminiscent of crème brulee.
The phyllo cooks until golden, crisp, and flaky, and the cheesy spinach filling is addictive, to say the least.
They certainly were rich and flaky, without being greasy, and she said, less shortening was necessary when baking powder was used.
Mutton should be a dull red, and its fat white, hard, and flaky.
Trachea covered by a pseudo-membrane, continuous over most of its surface, but in places broken and flaky.
Plainer tartlets may be made with short, flaky, or other pastry.
Their hair is frizzled, crisp, flaky, and occasionally woolly.
The cake came out of the oven light and flaky and beautiful.
And there stirred far down within him the ghost of warmth, as from sparks lingering beneath a mound of flaky ash.
1570s, from flake + -y (2). Meaning "eccentric, crazy" first recorded 1959, said to be American English baseball slang, but probably from earlier druggie slang flake "cocaine" (1920s). Flake "eccentric person" is a 1968 back-formation from it.
The term 'flake' needs explanation. It's an insider's word, used throughout baseball, usually as an adjective; someone is considered 'flaky.' It does not mean anything so crude as 'crazy,' but it's well beyond 'screwball' and far off to the side of 'eccentric.' ["New York Times," April 26, 1964]
(Or "flakey") Subject to frequent lossage. This use is of course related to the common slang use of the word to describe a person as eccentric, crazy, or just unreliable. A system that is flaky is working, sort of - enough that you are tempted to try to use it - but fails frequently enough that the odds in favour of finishing what you start are low. Commonwealth hackish prefers dodgy.