Sunday, 27 January 2019

Plum Tart

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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 9 inch /23 cm tart

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lower to 400 degrees once you place the tart to bake.

3  firm plums
1 rolled out sheet of pastry
Slice the plums, toss with 1 tablespoon of sugar, keep aside.
In a pie pan place a rolled out sheet of puff pastry.
Sprinkle it with a teaspoon of brown sugar crystals.
Press down one part of the almond cream. It should be chilled but not frozen. Press it down with a back of the spoon, spreading it all over. 
Place the plums 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 immediately. 


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)

8 oz butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups almond meal  OR try 2 cups ground pistachios use - unsalted ground ones
2 tbsp cornflour
9 egg yolks, beaten with a fork
1 tbsp Rum
1 tbsp Vanilla

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

Divide into 3 equal parts and freeze unused.
Add sliced fresh figs if you prefer.

To read about an ancient cuisine you can purchase my cookbooks called The World of Parsi Cooking; Food Across Borders and The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.  

Photo Courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala

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