Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mango Strawberry Fruit Flan with Crème Pâtissière Filling

My strawberry mango fruit flan with creamy custard filling is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather ahead. No need to tackle piecrust dough with this super easy sponge cake recipe. The orange liqueur syrup, brushed on the cake after baking, guarantees a moist interior and flavourful base for the luscious crème pâtissière. I decided to bring the custard filling up a notch by adding a dash or two of vanilla scented Galliano liquere. The crème pâtissière is then topped off with refreshing strawberries, mango, and clementine slices. A simple peach glaze is the crowning glory, making the fruit glisten and a treat for the eyes.

Sponge Cake Base:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar
9 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350º F.  Grease and flour a 10" flan pan. Sift the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder into a large mixing. In a separate bowl beat 4 eggs and the melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Note: The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 4 1/2 tablespoons melted butter,and only 2 eggs. Given that I like to use a large tart tin and prefer a thicker cake base (about 2 inches high), the recipe is doubled.

Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)

In a saucepan, bring to boil the sugar and water. When the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and stir in the liqueur.
Crème Pâtissière:
2 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Galliano liqueur or liqueur of choice (optional) 
1 tablespoon butter

Pour the milk and vanilla into a saucepan and heat to just below the boiling point. Remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes to allow the vanilla flavour to infuse. Strain the milk and reheat.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick. Whisk in the flour until well incorporated into the wet ingredients. Gradually whisk in the hot milk until blended.
Transfer to a heavy-based saucepan and whisk continuously, over medium heat until the custard thickens and begins to boil. Simmer and continue whisking for an additional two minutes to allow the flour to cook. Remove from the heat and blend in the butter. Whisk in the Galliano liqueur or liqueur of choice if desired.
Transfer to a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a film from forming.

Note: Normally, the knob of butter is rubbed on the surface of the cooked custard to prevent a skin from forming. I prefer using the plastic wrap for that purpose and integrate the butter into  the custard for extra flavour. I feel it also gives a much smoother finish to the custard.
The recipe makes more than enough to cover the cake surface. I ended having about half a cup of the crème pâtissière leftover.

Peach and Liqueur Glaze:
1/2 cup peach jam
3 teaspoons Triple Sec liqueur or other orange liqueur
In a small saucepan, heat the jam until melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the liqueur.

Note: I did not strain the glaze, opting to have the pieces of peaches as part of the topping.

Place the sponge cake on a serving platter and brush the surface with the peach syrup.
Gently spread the crème pâtissière on the surface of the cake. Decorate the top with the strawberries, mangoes and clementine pieces. Brush or drizzle with the liqueur peach glaze.


  1. Wow that just screams summer, so fresh and vibrant! Anna, so good to see you back at the blogging thing and making us drool with your gorgeous creations!

  2. Ivana, it's so kind of you! It's nice to be back, especially being able to reconnect with friends like you. I haven't been back to the FN site, so I'm somewhat out of the loop. How have you been keeping? Are you still making your wonderful dishes for your husband and the boys? Hope all is well and looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care.


  4. That's a colourful and beautiful torte! A perfect mother's day brunch dessert!

  5. That's a colourful and beautiful torte! Perfect for mother's day's brunch dessert!

  6. Rosita and Angie, thank-you both for your lovely comments. I'm happy you enjoyed the flan recipe.

  7. Strawberry is a fruit. It,s flavor different any other fruit. If any person eat this fruit they are understand.

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