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Quick Lemon flan recipe

Quick lemon flan

For those of you who remember that fabulous restaurant in JHB called Gatrilles Son & Co and experienced the sheer joy of tasting their very popular lemon flan, you will be thanking me forever when you read how simple and tasty this recipe is. It’s a real South African recipe that uses Marie biscuits in it’s base.

I got it from a recipe book my mother put together many years ago and the recipe appeared in a magazine, have no idea which one but from the cutting looks like YOU mag or something similar. Give this one a try, you will be very pleased indeed!

It’s a 15 minute preparation from start to finsish but does need about 2 hours in the fridge before you serve.

What you need

1 Tin sweetened condensed milk (397g)
250 ml whipping cream
Juice of 4 large lemons

1/2 packet Marie biscuits
80 ml melted butter

20cm round flan dish or cake tin.

The process

First off, crush the half packet of Marie biscuits until quite fine by placing them in a packet and use a rolling pin or empty bottle to crush them up.

Then melt butter and add the crushed Marie biscuits, stir them until all of the crushed biscuits are coated with butter and then press into the base and sides of the dish firmly. Pop it in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

In a large bowl, whip the cream to soft peak stage and then add the condensed milk. Mix well with a metal spoon to combine the cream and condensed milk evenly.

Lastly stir in the lemon juice and give it another good mix.

Get you shell from the fridge and pour in the lemon mixture, return to fridge for another 2 hours before serving.

Its seriously simple and very delicious… just does not get any easier than that, my kind of recipe!

Before serving you can finely grate a little lemon rind(or not) and serve with a nice dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Happy New Year…

Another great recipe is the lemon meringue pie recipe

I have been asked a few times about using Tennis biscuits in the base and yes you can, it is just as good but the Marie biscuits make a base that is easier to serve, the tennis biscuits tend to crumble.

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20 Responses to “Lemon Flan from Gatriles”

  1. Thani says:

    Hi Graham,
    enjoyed making this, so easy and doesn’t take too much time. Tasted great too. I had trouble serving it though, but I am definitely making it again!

    • Graham says:

      Hi Thani, a little longer in the fridge before serving will firm it up a bit more and makes it a lot easier to serve.

  2. princess says:

    Hi Graham,

    Can i triple the mixture and prepare it in a rectangular pyrex?

    Let me know.



    • Graham says:

      Hi princess, yes you can, just make sure that the actual lemon mixture is not too thick in the pyrex and that it is properly set before you take from the fridge. You will probably need an extra 1/2 hour at least in the fridge,. Cheers for now G

  3. Nicole says:

    I would just like to know… if i use this recipe for a lemon meringue pie wont the cream go sour or funny if it is popped in the oven for the meringue to set?

    • Graham says:

      Hi Nicole, shouldn’t because you want to pop it under the grill to brown the top, the filling should stay cool and creamy. Cheers for now G

  4. Kris says:

    Wonderful recipe – tasted like cheesecake! :)Replaced the Marie Biscuits with Tennis Biscuits for extra sweetness.

  5. Brigitte says:

    Whats the diff between this and lemon meringue

    • Graham says:

      Not a whole lot Brigitte except for the absence of meringue on top, you can happily use this recipe for a lemon meringue pie. Cheers for now G

  6. Di says:


    On the bottle of bought lemon juice, they say 2 tablespoons equals the juice from one lemon. So juice of 4 lemons, that makes 8 tablespoons.

    I used half a cup of bottle lemon juice. Next time want to use a little more, make it a little more lemoney!

    Think it is probably time that I plant a lemon tree in the garden – I have an idea that I will be making this recipe many more times!!


    • Graham says:

      Hi Di, haha it is a really good one that is hard to resist and yes, plant a lemon tree, they are hassle free, look great and you can toss out the bottled juice.. Have a wonderful day, G 🙂

  7. Sweety says:

    Hi Graham,

    If I use the bottled lemon juice found at grocery stores, how much would I require?


    • Graham says:

      Naughty, naughty sweety, none of that artificial stuff.. Jokes aside, I am not too sure actually but would start with 4 tablespoons and then taste. It is meant to be a tart filling but taste as you go.. not too much though if you can help it. Happy Valentines day 😉 G

    • Stef says:

      I find it better to measure 180ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice. 4 large lemons could give you much more making the tart very acidic. Through trial and error 180ml is the best, and yes I got this recipe from that famous restuarant

  8. Ros Billson says:

    Hi Graham
    Made this for a family dinner party. They enjoyed and wanted the recipe. What I liked was the simplicity of the recipe and beautiful presentation.
    Many thanks for a great recipe.
    Happy Valentine’s Day.

  9. Di says:

    Hi Graham,

    Oh Wow – this is a fantastic recipe. Made it, and it didn’t last long – everyone just loved it! Fabulous recipe – yep, Graham, we will be thanking you forever! Thank you thank you thank you. DELICIOUS!!!


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