German Fruit Tart – The Recipe ReDux

German Fruit Tart |

It’s the 21st which means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month’s theme:

It’s Shower Brunch Season

Here in the states, April showers sometimes bring May flowers…but in the case of The Recipe ReDux, May brings shower brunches: bridal showers, baby showers, graduations parties. Share your favorite healthy brunch dish or drink for the upcoming ‘shower season.

It must be my age (43!) but after being invited to and being in mulitple weddings yearly for years and following multiple friends having multiple babies yearly for years, these last 3 -4 years have been quiet on shower circuit for me.

Then bam – this year, we have two weddings to attend and my too-young-for-this-to-be-possible niece and nephew are both graduating high school. But for me, the most mind blowing was getting an invite to my friend’s daughter’s high school graduation party. What?? I held this girl when she was a day old and she was one of the sweet flower girls at my wedding (along with my too-young-for-this-to-be-possible niece also graduating.)

Needless to say, this ReDux theme is very timely. So, I dug into my humble recipe archives for this one.

Growing up, my mom often made a version of this fruit tart for showers, graduations or holidays. I even have a hand written recipe card with a photo of one her tarts so I could remember how she arranged the fruit. I haven’t made it in many years, nor has she, until she made it for my birthday this past March. I knew I had to do a ReDux version of it at some point and now I have.

German Fruit Tart |

It’s such a simple recipe as long as you have a tart pan. I was able to cut back on some of the butter, add some whole wheat flour but still keep the sugar cookie like crust intact. I also love the flavor almond extract gives with this dough vs. the traditional vanilla.

German Fruit Tart – The Recipe ReDux

Serving Size: 12 - 16 slices


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon half & half or cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh sliced or cut fruit like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, peaches, plums, apples, pears, etc.
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado or powdered sugar, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crust, beat together flours, sugar, egg, half & half and almond extract. Add pieces of butter and mix together until a sticky ball of dough forms. Refrigerate for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  3. On a heavily floured surface, knead dough a few times and roll out to fit into a 10-inch tart pan (that has been greased.)
  4. Carefully spread dough into tart pan and bake for 15 -20 minutes or until tart starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. Dust crust with cornstarch to help fruit stick to crust. Arrange fresh fruit and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

You could spread jam, pastry cream or whipped cream over the crust and then add the fruit but I find if you have really fresh and seasonal produce, just let the fruit shine on its own. I often sprinkle turbinado or powdered sugar over the fruit before serving, for just a little more sweetness. It would be lovely with a drizzle of honey, too.

German Fruit Tart |

Do you have a brunch/shower/special occasion favorite recipe or a must-have dish/drink for a family party?

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  1. So pretty Deanna!
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  2. This looks delicious. I love all the color in it. Summertime is a great time to enjoy the yummy fruits that are available. I can’t get enough of them. I love how you incorporated whole grains into too. Yum!

  3. What a great and special way to highlight the fruits of the season! I am so making this for my next party…
    Meal Makeover Mom Janice recently posted..‘Old’ Wedding Photos of The Meal Makeover Moms … A Recipe for Lemony Couscous with Lots of Veggies … and the Recipe Redux May Challenge (Podcast #219)My Profile

  4. I do have a tart pan, 2 in fact, which are collecting dust. I definitely need to try this though – it looks amazing.

    • Every time I borrow my mom’s, I want to buy a tart pan but in reality, it still wouldn’t get use that often. Or maybe I should buy your extra one off of you – he he.

  5. I have a very German Grandma who would love anything I say has the word ‘German’ in the title. And I LOVE anything with bananas so this is looking like a recipe I should probably attempt:))
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  6. i have been wanting to make tart for so long – you just inspired me to use my mini-tartlets pan
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  7. Gorgeous! Fruit tarts like this are always so pretty, and I stare at them every time I enter a bakery :) Thanks for the recipe!
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  8. Absolutely gorgeous tart and I am already dreaming up a gluten-free version in my head! I have gotten 2 high school graduation announcements from friend’s with older kids in the past couple of days…definitely feeling a little older (not old :-)
    thespicyrd recently posted..Recipe ReDux: Spinach, Artichoke, & Feta Strata with Greek SalsaMy Profile

  9. What size is your tart pan? Thanks! Love the recipe. So pretty :)
    Liz – Meal Makeover Mom recently posted..‘Old’ Wedding Photos of The Meal Makeover Moms … A Recipe for Lemony Couscous with Lots of Veggies … and the Recipe Redux May Challenge (Podcast #219)My Profile

  10. Okay-no weddings for 5 years. This month-3!!!! #parallellives
    Beautiful tart! Show us a pic of your mom’s recipe card!

    • 3 in one month?? Dang, girl – that’s a lot of partying (and presents to buy :) Will need to Instagram the recipe card. Love our #parallellives

  11. This looks better than the French version (that we buy on Sundays at the patisserie).
    Seriously, impressive….
    You are an artist-did you know? Thanks for this healthy and colorful inspiration!
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    • Wow, nicer looking than something at a French patisserie? Now, THAT’s a complement :) That’s the great thing about this tart – you could practically throw the fruit on it and it still would look good!

  12. I know what you mean about showers and weddings…I was just saying I wish someone would get married so I could attend. Now I attend big 4-0 birthday parties (and big 5-0 as well)! My husband adores fruit tart and he would just gobble this up — I’ve never made one for him…your recipe looks amazing so I might have to try. Thanks!

    • I can so relate – the big 4-0 parties have replaced showers in my world too :) Surprise your hubby – this seriously is pretty easy to make (you can practically throw the fruit on and it still would look pretty.)

  13. Wow! Love the looks of this recipe. Your choice of fruits really makes it pop. Glad to see there is no sugary glaze on top. Love the simplicity of this recipe.

  14. Stunning! But please, please enlighten me as I have no idea what turbinado is?????
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  15. Love this recipe and the pics! Reminds me of something my mom has made too.

  16. Allie-Nutrition Meets Life says:

    Love love love this! Nothing beats a refreshing tart (and I am saying this as a chocolate lover, so it should mean a lot). Thanks for this great recipe.

  17. Riley Courcy says:

    Gave this recipe for my mum because I can’t cook and bake that good. She’s done it almost perfectly, so this recipe has to be good one, thanks :)
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