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From the Kitchen: Rustic Plum Tart

April 9, 2012

Good friends of ours became new parents for the first time about two weeks ago so when we went to visit their little one, we brought along dinner from one of our favorite restaurants and I made this rustic plum tart for dessert. I’ve always heard that you should bring new parents a good meal in lieu of flowers or a card because they’re so busy figuring out their new schedule that removing just one simple thing from their to-do list makes life easier. We happened to have about two pounds of really unripe plums in the fridge thanks to a recent Costco run (and the fact that plums aren’t quite in season yet in California) and we couldn’t let our massive load of fruit go to waste so making dessert to celebrate the new baby was the perfect excuse…not that I needed one. Thank goodness for newborns because this tart instantly became a favorite of mine. Nothing could have remedied a box full of sour plums like caramelized sugar and flaky pie crust. The addition of vanilla creme fraiche cuts the tartness with a slightly sweet creamy note reminiscent of ice cream, only somehow more sophisticated….our friends are parents now, after all. The best part about this dessert is that I assembled it at home and baked it at our friends house while we ate dinner so it was oven-fresh when we enjoyed it (I love warm dessert against cold creamy toppings)…the only thing better in the room that night was the bundled up baby boy that lay sleeping in my arms for most of our visit (I can hold just about any baby all night….it’s so hard to put those little things down!) Recipe after the jump. xoxo!

Rustic Plum Tart (adapted from Epicurious)

  • Pastry dough for a single-crust pie
  • 2 tablespoons semolina flour
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 large black or red plums (1 1/2 lb), halved, pitted, and each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Special equipment: parchment paper

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large (17- by 12-inch) baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet.

Stir together semolina flour and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and spread evenly over dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange plums, skin sides down, in 1 layer on top of sugar mixture, then sprinkle plums with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Fold in edge of dough to cover outer rim of plums, pleating dough as necessary.

Bake tart, loosely covered with a sheet of foil, 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until fruit is tender and juices are bubbling, about 5 minutes more.

Transfer galette on baking sheet to a rack and immediately brush hot juices over plums using a pastry brush. Dust hot tart with confectioners sugar (sugar will melt and help glaze tart). Cool to warm or room temperature, about 30 minutes.

While tart cools, stir together creme fraiche, vanilla and remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar in a bowl until sugar is dissolved. Serve tart with vanilla creme fraiche.

142 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2012 5:52 am

    I have to bookmark this post or pinterest it because that tart looks so delicious!!! My goal this summer is to learn how to make tarts!! =) I may have to start w/ this one! =)

    Lemanie’s Randomness Blog

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2012 1:54 pm

      It’s actually a really easy dessert to make and since pies and tarts are really no different so once you’ve learned to make one….you can easily make the other! I hope you enjoy!

  2. April 9, 2012 2:52 pm

    Looks both pretty AND delicious!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2012 1:55 pm

      Thanks Villy!

  3. Mert Parsons permalink
    April 9, 2012 2:53 pm

    OMG, you’ve done it again!! This looks absolutely fabulous! This looks absolutely NOT on Weight Watchers! Ha! So, I’ll just enjoy the picture while I salivate! I’m sure it was the biggest hit with the dinner!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2012 1:59 pm

      I believe the plum tart counts as a fruit so surely it’s approved by Weight Watchers!

  4. April 10, 2012 11:17 pm

    that looks very yummy

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:16 am

      Thank you Namita!

  5. April 10, 2012 11:39 pm

    It looks really delicious and beatiful photos too :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:16 am

      Thank you, I appreciate it :)

  6. April 10, 2012 11:58 pm

    This looks amazing!

  7. April 11, 2012 12:15 am

    I’m soo hungry!! I blame you! haha! This is cool, gotta try it later at home. ;) thanks!

  8. April 11, 2012 12:20 am

    Beautiful and yummy!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:08 pm

      Thank you Mariam!

  9. April 11, 2012 12:36 am

    Mmmmm!!! LOVE!!

  10. April 11, 2012 12:45 am

    This one looks delicious!

  11. April 11, 2012 12:51 am

    BTW, I mentioned you on my blog.. :)

  12. April 11, 2012 1:51 am

    I followed you back here from Freshly Pressed, congratulations!

    I love that rustic is coming back in a big way…beautiful, homey treats like this that ooze hospitality. That’s the ethos I aim for in my kitchen, too.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:18 am

      Thanks Valerie! I love that “rustic” makes it okay to be imperfect because my craftsmanship is totally nonexistent! And the fact that it was delicious is okay too :)

  13. April 11, 2012 1:52 am

    yum mmm gimme XD

  14. April 11, 2012 2:26 am

    Gorgeous photos of a great looking tart. Would be extra fabulous with a cream cheese dough. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! I got mine in January and am still shocked and amazed at the honour. Enjoy the limelight!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:19 am

      Mmmmm! Cream cheese dough?!!! I’ve never heard of that, thanks for the inspiration, I’ll have to give that a go!

  15. April 11, 2012 2:41 am

    looks delicious…:)

  16. April 11, 2012 2:51 am

    i wish i could taste it!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:18 pm

      It’s a really simple recipe, you should try it!

  17. April 11, 2012 3:14 am

    Beautiful blog! That tart looks stunning!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:20 am

      Thank you very much!

  18. April 11, 2012 4:09 am

    Supremely delish! You have one more humble follower now :) When you have the time do drop by my space. I just made some chilled sorbet and would love to know what you think.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:24 am

      I love your blog name! I almost fell out of my chair laughing :) Thanks for your kind comment, I’ll definitely be trying your recipe for lemon, mint pepper sorbet…you’ve piqued my interest!

  19. April 11, 2012 4:19 am

    Oh yum, I love a good fresh plum pie – it’s both sweet and tartI I often have made one in a tin, but your freeform version looks amazingly good. Rustic perfection!

  20. April 11, 2012 5:20 am

    definitely looks so good and yummy..

  21. April 11, 2012 5:39 am

    Looks tasty, shame we don’t have a plum tree like I did growing up, would give it a go for certain…

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:25 am

      A plum tree (or any fruit tree) would be heaven. Guess the grocery store will just have to do :)

  22. April 11, 2012 6:00 am

    Wow! Sour plums transformed!

  23. April 11, 2012 6:43 am

    this looks amazing.. and great photography :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 10:26 am

      Thank you, Catherine :)

  24. hannahkarena permalink
    April 11, 2012 6:44 am

    I never thought to bake plums before, but I made an awesome pie this weekend stuffed with plums, pears, and nectarines. It was, as my great uncle told me, “scrumptious”! Plum-baking seems to be a theme around the internet this week!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:20 pm

      Mmmmmm! Plums, pears and nectarines sound like such an interesting combination! I can’t wait for more summer fruit to come into season, then tart and pie baking is definitely on!

  25. April 11, 2012 6:44 am

    I never thought to bake plums before, but I made an awesome pie this weekend stuffed with plums, pears, and nectarines. It was, as my great uncle told me, “scrumptious”! Plum-baking seems to be a theme around the internet this week!

  26. April 11, 2012 6:51 am

    Looks super yummy!

  27. April 11, 2012 7:51 am

    So elegantly simple – yum! I wish someone had brought me this when my son was born. Very thoughtful :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:23 pm

      Oh, thank you Jennifer! I hope someone brings me this when I have a child someday too :)

  28. April 11, 2012 7:58 am

    Beautiful photos! Adding this recipe to my “must make” list – thanks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much! This recipe definitely belongs on a “must make” list, it’s really yummy! Enjoy!

  29. April 11, 2012 8:02 am

    That is just beautiful! I’m a cake lover in a pie family, but you’ve inspired me. This rustic tart looks so much more appealing than a traditional pie. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:29 pm

      I used to be a cake lover (cupcake lover actually), but I think I’m a pie convert now. My husband and I even had pie at our wedding in lieu of wedding cake!

  30. helenhanh1994 permalink
    April 11, 2012 8:39 am

    awesome <3

  31. April 11, 2012 8:47 am

    Yum! I am definitely making this soon! Thanks for sharing :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:11 pm

      You’re very welcome! I hope you enjoy!

  32. Carlie Chew permalink
    April 11, 2012 8:55 am

    Yumm looks delicious and beautiful photos too!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:11 pm

      Thank you Carlie!

  33. April 11, 2012 9:27 am

    Gorgeous! I’m booking marking this one now. I love the fold over crust.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Sarah. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did :)

  34. John Saddington permalink
    April 11, 2012 9:31 am

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  35. April 11, 2012 9:38 am

    The tart looks delicious and beautifully photographed.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:12 pm

      Thank you very very much!

  36. April 11, 2012 10:06 am

    This tart looks so appetizing! The pictures are lovely too! Can’t wait to try it!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this recipe. It’s so easy, yet so tasty! Enjoy!

  37. April 11, 2012 10:07 am

    This looks and sounds fantastic! I’m looking for more excuses these days to make pies and tarts, and I think I’ve found one :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:11 pm

      Glad I could help! We all need excuses to make (and EAT) more pie!

  38. carol permalink
    April 11, 2012 10:25 am

    Looks so delicious, and actually pretty manageable. Thanks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:13 pm

      Carol, you’d be surprised how quickly this little dessert comes together. Try it, I think you’ll love it. I’m thinking a scoop of cold vanilla bean ice cream would be divine with a warm slice right now!

  39. April 11, 2012 11:37 am

    That looks amazing, so pretty and colourful!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:10 pm

      Sinead, thank you so much for your comment! I LOVE your name!

  40. April 11, 2012 11:56 am

    Ohhhhh!! this looks delicious!! :P

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:09 pm

      Thank you so much!

  41. April 11, 2012 12:28 pm

    Such a nice friend to bake something so warm and inviting!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:08 pm

      awe, that’s very sweet of you to say. Our group of friends are all in their late 20’s early 30’s so this having a baby thing is fairly new to everyone. I’m sure I won’t be able to bake dessert once everyone starts growing their families but it was nice to share a good meal with friends and their new little boy :)

      • April 11, 2012 2:14 pm

        I’ve had 2 kiddos, no one baked for me when I got home from the hospital :( But I like to be in the kitchen so I make myself treats :P
        If you have kids, you will squeek in a tart here and batch of cookies there. Now that they’re older (2 and 6) they help me with baking.

  42. April 11, 2012 12:40 pm

    Wow. That looks amazing, and it doesn’t sound too hard either. Consider this bookmarked!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:05 pm

      Awesome! Thank you for bookmarking :) It truly is a simple recipe and you could easily make this other fruit as well!

  43. April 11, 2012 1:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful treat. Connie

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:04 pm

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

  44. enjoywithjoy permalink
    April 11, 2012 1:13 pm

    I love plums cooked or not, this is really worth a try. Your pictures is a plus too, it’s really inviting. Thanks for sharing.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:03 pm

      You’re so welcome! You can’t really go wrong with sugary baked fruit and pie crust. It’s a no brainer!

  45. April 11, 2012 1:29 pm

    Oh my goodness that looksgood! Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:02 pm

      Thank you, it sure does taste as good as it looks!

  46. April 11, 2012 1:35 pm

    What precisely is creme fraiche? What a gorgeous set of pictures!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 1:48 pm

      Creme fraiche is a lot like sour cream but a little richer and not quite as sour. It’s delicious! Sour cream works as a great substitute though :)

      • April 12, 2012 8:39 am

        Awesome! Thanks for the input. So does it cut the sweetness of the tart?

        • love and cupcakes permalink*
          April 12, 2012 11:47 am

          Yes, and if your fruit is tart, like my plums were, it will add a nice slightly sweet creaminess which is just divine. If you like pie a la mode, you’ll enjoy this sweet cream.

  47. April 11, 2012 1:35 pm

    Delicious! My fave is the last photo!

  48. April 11, 2012 2:06 pm

    very nice photos excellent cake Prune

  49. April 11, 2012 2:10 pm

    Well…that looks a lot like the dessert I wish I was eating! :)
    Looks Great!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:13 pm

      Ha! Yeah, I feel ya. That dessert is long gone, kinda wish I was eating too!

  50. April 11, 2012 2:15 pm

    I just love that folded pie crust and gooey blood red centre! I hope I can get some nice ripe plums at the market this weekend… if not, what other seasonal fruit do you think would make a decent substitute?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 2:20 pm

      I really think the sky’s the limit in terms of what fruit you could use. Right now in California, apples are still pretty abundant and I think they’d make a delicious tart with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Berries are always winners. But when summer comes, I think I’ll try a variation using peaches, apricots, or my favorite, rhubarb! I think this recipe is pretty versatile. I’d love to know how it goes!

  51. April 11, 2012 2:29 pm

    Looks delicious! :) Thanks for posting.

  52. nestfullofbirds permalink
    April 11, 2012 2:31 pm

    This looks simply amazing! I’m excited to try this out, especially since I’ve never cooked with plums and this seems simple to do. Thanks for the post. I’m now following you! (hooked on the first post!) ;)

    Check out some of my recipes on

  53. alotonyourplate permalink
    April 11, 2012 2:54 pm

    that looks so good. excited to be following you now!!

  54. April 11, 2012 3:28 pm

    This just looks amazing!

  55. April 11, 2012 3:30 pm

    Yum! It is definitely true, new parents appreciate food more than flowers. While I was giving birth to my daughter, my best friend was at our house watching our son and the dogs and when we returned with the new bundle, we had a weeks worth of food that was prepared for us. Best gift ever.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 5:31 pm

      Oh good! It’s nice to have some affirmation from an actual parent. What a wonderful friend you have! That really does sound like the best gift ever!

  56. Cerinthe permalink
    April 11, 2012 3:46 pm

    I want to try recipe with a sweet pie crust. It just looks like it should be sweet. Lovely pictures- I hope I fall in love with it too.

  57. April 11, 2012 4:47 pm

    Looks delicious! already tempted to get out there and get started on one of these :D

  58. April 11, 2012 6:02 pm

    Looks super awesome. Yum.

  59. April 11, 2012 6:52 pm

    Might be a weird question, but can you substitute anything for the crime fraiche? Nursing mom is asking for her allergic-to-milk son.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 7:36 pm

      Hi! Funny that you ask…my husband and I recently reduced the amount of dairy that we’re consuming by like 90%, so we’ve been drinking a lot of almond milk. I believe that there are almond milk and rice milk ice creams out there and ice cream would be a great partner to this tart. The creme fraiche isn’t even necessary, it’s just an added topping…but is does add a yummy creaminess. If you’re looking for a substitute, I’d recommend soy cream cheese or going with one of the afore mentioned ice creams. I hope this helps!

  60. April 11, 2012 8:00 pm

    Make me starving.. LOL ^^

  61. April 11, 2012 8:07 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Being pregnant and craving something is not a good como. Hello kitchen here I come! =-)

  62. April 11, 2012 8:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Isla & Magnolia.

  63. April 11, 2012 8:40 pm

    Reblogged this on amateuraficionado and commented:
    This is something I have to try, whether it’s for company or just my wife and I.

  64. April 11, 2012 9:24 pm

    A fruit tart is delicious and the easiest to make. Love your photos. I have become so fond of making tarts and pies, I think I am going to have to rename my food blog.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 11, 2012 11:16 pm

      Pies and tarts are some of my favorite desserts! This one is just scrumptious!

  65. April 11, 2012 10:35 pm


  66. permalink
    April 12, 2012 2:22 am

    nice recipe.
    a french cooker

  67. April 13, 2012 2:57 am

    I love the simplicity of fruit tarts – and I often make them as dessert when I have friends over for dinner (or just for myself…) as they’re so easy to prepare but so effective. This tart looks like it would make a wonderful simple-but-delicious dessert!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 13, 2012 8:39 am

      Mel, you’re so right! Fruit tarts are so easy yet taste (and look) like you’ve slaved away baking all day.

  68. April 13, 2012 5:51 am

    We love sweet things :) like this one… We like it :)

  69. P.S. I Love Soap Co. permalink
    April 13, 2012 1:12 pm

    That look wayyyyyyyy good! My mouth is watering :)

  70. April 14, 2012 12:14 am

    That tart looks really really good right about now :)

  71. April 14, 2012 8:01 am

    double yum – you have a new follower

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 17, 2012 1:06 am

      Awesome! So glad to have you, hope you continue to enjoy.

  72. April 14, 2012 9:46 am

    Reblogged this on Mammy Jane's Place and commented:
    NomNom this looks lovely. one to try for sure!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 17, 2012 1:05 am

      Thank you so much for reblogging my recipe :) I really appreciate the love!

  73. April 14, 2012 8:08 pm

    There is always room for plum tart.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 17, 2012 1:04 am

      Amen to that!

  74. yablogtherapy permalink
    April 15, 2012 7:40 pm

    Oh my, this is too good!

  75. plainbagel permalink
    April 16, 2012 9:21 am

    makes me hungry!

  76. April 16, 2012 11:45 am

    beautiful pictures excellent plum pie liked to find your blog,

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 17, 2012 1:03 am

      Thank you! So glad you found me :)

  77. April 22, 2012 2:47 pm

    Reblogged this on mealsfromthemarket and commented:
    What a delicious looking tart. We’ll have plums coming in season this summer here in MI and there is a grower that brings multiple types of plums to the local farmer’s market. We’ll have to give this tart a try with various types of plums!! Thanks for sharing.

  78. April 25, 2012 12:31 am

    Looks deelish and beautiful colors! ^.^~


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