Glazed German Fresh Fruit Flan


As Easter approaches and spring continues to blossom, it’s the perfect time to highlight a decades-old family recipe of a beautiful and timeless Glazed German Fresh Fruit Flan. It’s deliciously light and refreshing with bright citrus, sweet berries, and tropical kiwi. The apple jelly glaze creates that beautiful luster.

We often think of flan as a Spanish or French custard. However the traditional German flan is a rimmed, lemon-scented spongecake. It’s a delicate yet firm enough base to hold the fruit. The recipe was given to my mom by a good friend from Germany when I was in elementary school. I think every mom in the PTA at the time now has a yellowed index card of this recipe floating around somewhere.

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How to Make Glazed German Fresh Fruit Flan

This is the perfect dessert to showcase the season’s beautiful fruit. I opted for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi and cara cara oranges. Blackberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, plums, and peaches would be super delish too. The possibilities are endless!

fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi and cara cara orange

The classic, easy technique of making the spongecake begins with separating the eggs. The yolks are whipped with lemon zest and juice, and sugar until thick and pale yellow. The whites are beaten separately, then folded into the egg yolk mixture to make a light, fluffy batter.

The cake bakes in a lightly greased tart pan with a removable bottom. I like to place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet to ensure any leakage won’t land on the bottom of my oven.

Spongecake Batter in Tart Pan

Let the cake cool completely then let the decorating juices flow!

Ready to Assemble

This design started from the outside edge and worked inward toward the center. It’s good to have an idea in mind before you start so you’re not moving the fruit around after it’s been placed.


When satisfied with your design, brushing on a light-colored jelly glaze will seal the fruit and make your flan shine. Refrigerate about 30 minutes to set then you’re ready to go.

Tip: Avoid covering with plastic wrap! It sticks and will mess up your masterpiece. I actually use a large bowl to create a dome. Works like a charm.

When ready, serve with dollops of whipped cream, ala mode, or simply enjoy as is. To all who celebrate, Happy Easter and Passover!

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Glazed German Fresh Fruit Flan

This Glazed German Fresh Fruit Flan is deliciously light and refreshing with bright citrus, sweet berries, and tropical kiwi.
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American, German
Keyword fruit dessert, fruit flan, fruit tart
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Kim Peterson



  • 4 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • cup light-colored jelly (guava, apple, peach)
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch

Topping (suggestions)

  • 10 ounces strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 4 ounces blueberries
  • 4 ounces raspberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 Cara Cara oranges, half-moon slices, peel and pith removed

Special Equipment

  • 11- inch tart pan with removable bottom



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease tart pan with removable bottom and place on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar, lemon zest and juice until thick and light, 3-4 minutes.
  • Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Stir into egg yolk mixture until combined.
  • With clean beaters, in a medium bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold beaten egg whites into egg yolk mixture with a spatula.
  • Pour batter into prepared tart pan. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Set aside to cool before topping with fruit. (Can be made one day ahead of assembling. Cover and leave at room temperature.)


  • While the tart cools, in a small saucepan, bring jelly and cornstarch to a slow simmer. Let simmer 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened and fluid. Keep warm until ready to use. Glaze should brush on fruit smoothly.


  • Arrange various fruits as desired. Ingredients listed are what I used. If you like this design, start from the outside and work your way toward the center.
  • When satisfied, brush just enough of the glaze over the fruit for a shiny look. Too much glaze will make the flan heavy and soggy.
  • Refrigerate uncovered 30 minutes before serving. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover with a large bowl or tent with foil and chill. Do not use plastic wrap. It will stick!)

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