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Berry Topping Recipe – Salsa de Frutas del Bosque


Spanish Flan with Berry Topping (c)

Spanish Flan with Berry Topping

Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
This simple fruit topping is easy to make and can be used on top of desserts such as “flan” and “natillas”, or as a filling in a “Brazo Gitano” cake roll. All it takes is simmering of a few cups of fresh or frozen fruit and some sugar and “Listo Ya!” It’s done. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2-3 cups of fresh berries, such as blueberries or blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


This berry topping recipe makes about 2 cups of fruit topping, which is enough for 6 ramekins of flan, or natillas or as the filling for 1 “brazo Gitano” cake.

Rinse the fruit thorough and remove any stems. Place fruit in a medium sauce pan and pour sugar over top.

Heat pan on medium-high heat and stir to mix the sugar in with the fruit. The berries will release juice. Stir often so mixture does not burn. Reduce heat. Simmer until juice thickens and fruit cooks. Depending on the fruit, this could take 10-15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, use it as a topping or filling in Spanish desserts:

  • Classic Flan, Spanish Vanilla Custard with Caramel Sauce.
  • After caramelizing the sugar, add a spoonful of berries to ramekins, add custard and bake as usual. When flan is removed from the mold, it will be a beautiful berry flan as in the photo.
  • Natillas de Avellanas, Spanish Hazelnut Pudding.
  • Top natillas with a dollop of berries.
  • Brazo Gitano Cake, Spanish version of the Swiss Roll
  • . Substitute the jam filling for these fresh-cooked berries.
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