Sunday 27 January 2019

Plum Tart

Fresh fig 
Plum Tart
with an Almond Cream

It is wonderful to put a dessert together at the drop of a hat.
With an almond cream that can be made well ahead of time, this dessert takes 5 minutes to assemble and can be ready to eat in 35!!

Makes one 23 cm/ 9-inch tart

Preheat the oven to 200 °C | 400 °F

3 firm plums or 10 figs cut in half

1 pastry sheet, rolled out

Slice the plums, toss with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and keep aside—you do not need to do this with figs.

In a pie pan, place a rolled out sheet of puff pastry. Sprinkle it with a teaspoon of brown sugar crystals.

Press down on one part of the almond cream. It should be chilled but not frozen. Press it down with the back of the spoon, spreading it all over.

Place the plums or figs all over the top of the tart. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of brown sugar crystals.

Bake for 22 minutes, turn the oven off and allow it to rest in the warm oven for 10 minutes. Remove and serve it right away.


While it is delicious on its own, you can serve it with whipped cream, creme` anglaise, vanilla bean ice cream, or a custard if you prefer.

Like all puff pastry, it tastes best when fresh and cannot be reheated.

Almond Cream  (makes enough for 3 tarts)

250 g/ 8 oz butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups almond flour 
2 tbsp corn flour
9 egg yolks, beaten with a fork
1 tbsp rum
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Cream the butter well. Add the sugar and beat until light. Add the almond meal and corn flour and mix it well. Lower the speed, and add the beaten egg yolks with the rum and vanilla.

Divide into three equal parts and freeze any leftovers.
Alternatively, try 2 cups of ground pistachios, unsalted.
Finely ground almonds can be used instead of the flour.

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