Plum Tart Recipe. Apple Tart Variation
Posted on 24th of August, 2011 by Lévana
I have my mother to thank for providing the inspiration for this beautiful tart. The base is not a classic pie crust as we know it, more like a cookie dough, making this tart much less perishable than the classic apple pie. You will create in no time a dessert that looks as professional as it tastes. Just be sure to get one of those fluted spring form pie plates, which make unmolding easy as, well, pie. This is a very good example of how elegant rustic can often get. The apple tart variation is no less luscious, and is brushed with a very simple apricot-rum glaze at the end of baking: I am including the instructions at the bottom.
I make this tart, and indeed all my desserts, with spelt flour and natural unrefined sugar, marked evaporated cane juice, easy to find in health food stores, and increasingly easy to find in good supermarkets
2 cups all purpose flour, or whole wheat pastry flour, or spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
3 tablespoons crème de cassis
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
10 plums, cut in thick wedges
½ cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 ºF.
Mix all the dough ingredients by hand or in a food processor, processing very minimally, pulsing just 2-3 times, until just combined. The mixture will look loose. Pour uniformly into a large (11-12 inch) round spring form pie plate, or 2 rectangle strip spring form molds. Stand the plum wedges in the dough, close together, pointed sides down, leaving a half-inch rim all around. Sprinkle with the sugar, using it all up. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or a little longer, until the dough looks golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Variation: Apple Tart.
For the dough: No Creme de cassis. 2/3 cup orange juice instead of the pomegranate or cranberry juice, and 1 tablespoon orange zest. 4 unpeeled granny smith apples instead of the plums. No sugar for topping.
Glaze: in a food processor, process 1/2 cup apricot jam, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons brandy or rum. transfer the mixture to a small bowl, and brush all over the tart while it is still warm.