Zwetschenkuchen / Plum Flan

March 30, 2011


March is supposed to be the beginning of Autumn, but it appears that summer has yet to take its bow. We are still experiencing soaring 30's temperature.
Some love it but I am exasperated begging for Autumn... The heat, flies, no rain and soaring electricity bills annoys me !!!
The only part of that brings a smile are the Summer fruits ... apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums...mangoes..I love Summer fruits.
This year... we have Plums bumper crop ... walk in any supermarket ... I will see PLUMS... PLUMS... and more PLUMS; all varieties; greens, black, dark red ... some are sweet and some will make your face cringe with its tartness and sourness ...I prefer the black plums..
Big chain supermarkets like Woollies, Coles and IGA do have some weekly specials on these fruits and the pricing is reasonable for the big juicy fruits, cheaper than last year, which is the BIG PLUS point for me, Mr H and Miss E... This is my second time... baking with Plums ... my first bake was an Upside down Plum Cake click here ... don't blame me if your eyes goes wonky because of the photos ....hehehe...

Plum season will soon come to an end... so I bid farewell to my dear sweeties.. the PLUMS by baking Zwetchenkuchen or German Plum Flan ...

Auf Wiedersehen..

and I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #5 - Fruity March hosted by Jess of Bakericious.

Recipe (adapted from Clarissa Hyman)
200g self raising flour
pinch of salt
150g butter -chilled
75g caster sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg - lightly beaten
500 g of small plums
50g almond meal
icing sugar
  1. Sift flour into mixing bowl, add salt and rub cold buter until the mixture resemble coarse crumbs. Mix in almond meal, sugar, zest of lemon and cinnamon. Add in egg. Mix well and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Halved the plums and remove the stones, then quartered.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C. Grease a 10inch loose base flan tin.
  4. Lightly press the pastry into the flan tin, covering the base and slightly onto the sides.Arrange the plums on the pastry. 
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the sides are golden brown and the plums are soft and juicy.
  6. Leave it to cool in the tin.
  7. Sprinkle the Plum Flan with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream...   


  1. Once a upon a time,when I was in Goethe Institut Kl, one of my classmate made this tart for our coffee break and it was delicious. She also made some apple tart. Tea time was something we looked forward too.
    Since then, I've fallen in love with German bread, cookies and tart. Once the institut organised a Christmas party for the students and the food was mostly german bread and sweet. Ada sekali tu, advanced students dpt jemputan by the Ambassador for embassy party. I remembered eating some german chocolate pudding or something like that. It was very chocolatey and yummeh!

  2. A German cake...very very popular during the plum season :-)) Yours looks very pretty!

  3. Flower,
    Lucky you... :)
    I like your pic... and the gladiator shoes :D

  4. Angie,
    Thank you.
    I find that it tasted better the next day... could be the plum juice seeped out to the crust? :)

  5. Gorgeous plum flan. Love the angle you took the pictures. Beautiful.

  6. Cantiknya the plum tart. I really like the first pic!

  7. Leemei,
    Terimakasih :).
    1st pic yang mana ni... post ni atau post 2009? hehehe..

  8. Hi,

    how come you know german words like Auf Wiedersehen? I am just curious, because you look asian to me :-)

  9. J.Herrman,
    I know few words only... thanks to my German friend.. she thought me more rude words than pleasantries!!! ;)