Easy Plum Tart Recipe for One

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


Zulay Dough Blender

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).


J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

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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Rustic Pear Tart

Let’s face it, most pear tart recipes are complicated.  You have to make the dough, then let it rest.  Next you have to pre-bake the crust, or maybe go out and get some frozen puff pastry. I’ve even seen recipes calling for making the puff pastry at home (not happening).   Or, there are recipes requiring a traditional full-blown pie crust.  I have a lovely apple pie recipe I hardly ever make because it’s just too much fussing.  This rustic pear tart, on the other hand, is fairly easy and straightforward.

You don’t have to crimp the edges, or pre-bake the crust. You don’t even have to cook the pears in advance. I saw one recipe that had 22 steps! Nope. Nope. Nope. This recipe is much easier than that! There are only six steps.  Much better! The active time is about 15 minutes of work, and the whole thing is done in about an hour and a half (including resting in the fridge and baking).

First you make the dough. That’s only five basic ingredients you likely already have at home.  Then, you let it cool in the refrigerator for an hour, and press out the dough into a roughly circular shape. Next, add the fruit, sprinkle the spices on top, and bake.

I’ve made this tart with pears, because I had some extremely ripe pears I wanted to use up. If you don’t have pears, or would rather use something else, apples will work beautifully too. And, both are in season now.  Once summer comes back around, you might try it with peaches or maybe plums too.

The original recipe (which I cut in half) required a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can use a pastry cutter or two sharp knives instead. I have included instructions for both.

UPDATE: I suppose I should say that I decided this was still too complicated and simplified it. What really happened was I looked at the wrong tart recipe and followed the dough recipe for that instead!  Oops! But, a happy mistake, because it was delicious and easier! Win-win!

 

rustic pear tart




Rustic Pear Tart Substitutions and Variations

  • Don’t have pears? Make this with apples instead (or try peaches in the summer)
  • Add some green cardamom to the tart (along with the other spices)
  • Replace some of the flour with ground almond meal
  • Add a little Reisling or other dessert wine to the filling
  • Top with slivered almonds




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