3.25.2012

Pleasantly plum-filled.


Autumn is here in Sydney. I actually cannot believe that summer flew by so quickly - even though it was definitely not the warmest, sunniest summer I've experienced here. In fact it's been rainy and cloudy a lot!
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The fall is quite lovely and its cooler evenings mean that certain deliciously hearty and pastry-rich items feature back on the house menu.
Given the buckets of plums being showcased in markets at the moment, I thought a plum tart would be great idea for dessert.  Mixing sweet yet tart plums with smooth and nutty marzipan makes for a wonderful tart combination.
Baked until sticky and golden, oozing with almond goodness and encased in a buttery crust - this is definitely dessert time!

plum & marzipan tarts
makes 4 tarts

pastry
175g plain flour
80g butter, cold and cut into pieces
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp caster sugar
1 egg yolk (keep white aside)
1/4 cup cold water (you won't need it all)

filling
5-6 small plums, sliced
50g marzipan, cut into pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
To make the pastry: Sift dry ingredients into a bowl - using hands rub pieces of butter into the flour until mixture resembles sand. Mix in egg yolk and then bring mixture together by adding a bit of cold water (a little at a time) until it forms a ball. Wrap pastry in cling wrap and place in fridge 20-30 minutes.

To make filling: mix plums, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon together. Keep aside.

Take out pastry and with rolling pin roll out until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into appropriate sizes for tart cases (I used 15cm tart cases) and place into case carefully, pushing in all edges. Place into fridge 20 minutes. Take out lined cases, dock pastry and blind bake with beans/rice in oven for 10 minutes. Take out and let cool. Add pieces of marzipan to each case and add plum mixture, top each case with tsp of honey. Bake in oven about 45-50 minutes or until golden and plums are soft. Take out and let cool. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. that is one gorgeous looking tart!

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  2. Looks beautiful. A lovely reminder for me to get some plums while they're still in season!

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  3. Stunning! I'm getting hungry just looking at it :-)

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  4. That is a very interesting tart! It looks delicious.

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  5. Delicious! I adore plums, and this tartlet is gorgeous.

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  6. This tart looks absolutely splendid :-) I'd love to know where you got your tart mold!

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  7. Oooh, I've never had a plum tart! What a great idea! Loving your blog and glad to be your newest follower :)

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  8. Really mouthwatering combination, gorgeous!! I've just seen your cover for Masterchef too, that's amazing well done! Although I'm not surprised your pictures are always so beautifully styled, you deserve it!

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  9. I can never resist the wonderful combination of baked fruit and marizpan! Just wonderful!

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  10. This is definitely a "pleasant" tart! I'd be happy to have a piece any day =)

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  11. Love the look of your tart and your beautiful recipe. Plums are the stars at our local farmer's markets, so this recipe is perfect. Thank you for sharing it!

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  12. Wow these tarts look incredible! I love how beautiful tarts can be. And what a recipe too. Yum!

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  13. ohh my! that tart looks divine! thanks for the recipe! :)

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