I had some Italian plums I’d bought with the vague idea of making one of various recipes for a plum cake or a torte, or even mini pies. But, I (naturally) wanted something smaller, didn’t have the right pan, and I didn’t have the patience for lots of little crusts and fillings. Stumped, I stared at my bookshelf and thought, hey there’s a Pierre Franey cookbook I haven’t opened in a while. That’s silly. And lo and behold, there was an easy plum tart recipe inside. One pan, one crust, and no fiddly time-consuming individual filling. Plus, you only have to chill the crust for a few minutes, rather than hours. Less wait time. Perfect!
So, I cut the ingredients in half, and got myself an easy delicious dessert. It requires no special tart pan and there’s no need to run to the store for non-standard or expensive ingredients (like puff pastry). My ordinary six-inch baking pan worked just fine. I used Italian plums (the oblong kind), but ordinary, round plums would work too.
Easy Plum Tart Recipe for One Substitutions and Variations
- Experiment with different fruits: try it with sliced apples and some cinnamon, or use sliced pears, cinnamon, and ginger
- Replace 1 T of flour with 1 T of ground almonds
- Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the tart
- Brush the crust with egg for a beautiful shine
- Or, try some heavy cream or milk on the edges to make it golden brown
Tools for This Recipe
This is one of my favorite baking gadgets. It’s much easier to use than the two knife method, and takes up a lot less space than a food processor. It’s held up really well (I bought it about four years ago), and it now comes in your choice of colors (so it will match your kitchen).
I started out baking with an old, relatively small rolling pin that I got as a gift. It was pretty (with incised patterns), but a real pain the neck to clean. It was also too small. This one is miles ahead. It’s easier to manipulate and hold, and does a much better job rolling out dough.
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