Fruit Flan

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

I’ve got the yummiest treat in the world for you today! This is called Fruit Flan…not to be confused with dessert pizza.

I grew up eating this stuff and even for birthday’s I would request it–that’s how much I love this.

The crust is a cream cheese based pastry, the filling is a mixture of almond extract, vanilla pudding and whipped cream and the top is just fruit. It’s so much better than a cookie pizza with a cream cheese frosting and it all holds together perfectly. If you wanted to make this for your upcoming festivities and decorate this like a flag, that would be quite patriotic of you. I had more than red and blue fruit to use so I opted for a random-yet-colorful fruit flan.

All you need is time to throw this together. It does take about two hours, but that includes refrigeration and cooling times. But no part of this could be considered hard. All simple ingredients and easy steps. Take a peek at the step-by-steps and see what you think! We are currently in Arizona with my sister and her family for the long weekend, and we will probably be making this for the long weekend 🙂 Yay!!

For the pastry, grab some flour, salt, butter and cream cheese.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

Add all those ingredients into the bowl of food processor and pulse until it comes together.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

 

This takes maybe 15 pulses all together. Not long!
Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

The dough is done when you grab a handful and it all sticks together.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour and then roll out to fit into a half sheet pan. If it doesn’t roll evenly, cut the overhanging pieces off and press into the spots that need it. Prick with a fork and brush with egg.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

The crust may shrink and may look a little sketchy. Totally normal. If you want it to look prettier, you can blind bake it using my directions below.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

The filling is instant vanilla pudding, almond extract and whipped cream all folded together. Don’t underestimate this stuff….its so so good!

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

My favorite!!

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

When its all evenly mixed, spread it over the cooled pastry.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

Then you add a little fruit and voila! Your fruit Flan is ready for consumption.

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

Fruit Flan...homemade cream cheese pastry, almond cream filling and fresh fruit!! So much better than dessert pizza!

My favorite!! Hope you all enjoy and have a fabulous long weekend!

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Fruit Flan

Yield: 16 servings

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Ingredients:

  • For the crust:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the filling:
  • 1-3.9 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Fresh fruit to top: berries, peaches, kiwis, bananas etc.

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, measure out flour and salt. Cube up the cream cheese and butter and add it to the mix. Pulse until larger crumbs start to form, maybe 10-15 pulses. If you grab some dough and it holds together after you squeeze it, it's ready. Pile the dough together to form a large disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to fit into a light colored half sheet pan {18x13x1}. It's ok to cut off overhang and patch in the spots where more dough is needed. Prick the entire thing with a form and brush with beaten egg. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. It will shrink slightly. If you'd like to avoid this, forgo the egg and top your rolled out dough with parchment paper. Add dried beans or lentils on top to weigh down the dough. Bake.
  3. Let crust cool completely.
  4. For the filling, beat milk, pudding mix and almond extract together until smooth and thickened. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold cream into pudding mixture, then spread evenly over crust. Top with fruit and serve.
  5. I think this tastes the best after being refrigerated an extra 1-2 hours. Totally not necessary, just more of an fyi 🙂

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  1. I love your Fruit Flan recipe. Would you recommend a glaze that could be used on the fruit to increase the refrigerator life and preserve the freshness a few hours more?

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  2. Thank you. This sweet dessert look really good. Perfect timing as I happened to have all ingredients in the pantry and fridge. Look like sweet dessert for the weekend. 😊

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  3. Amazing! Looks so colorful and delicious. definetly try this tommorow

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  4. While I think this is a lovely presentation, cutting it with the fruit on it wasn’t pretty. So in the future I would cut it in pieces first then decorate every piece separately. I also felt there should be a little sweetener in the crust, perhaps some sugar.

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  5. Can I replace almond extra with vanilla extra? Or what do you recommend?

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    • I would say use the almond extract because I think it tastes amazing!! If you’re really against it though, just double up on the vanilla extract 🙂

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  6. This looks so refreshing and delicious. I will have to try this when I get more fruit in season!

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  7. Love the recipe…will be making to share with our family for our Christmas dinner. Lots of fruit which the kids will all love.

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  8. What a refreshment ! What a temptation ! Thank you and have a pleasant day !

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