Beyond the Messy Kitchen – Plum and Almond Tart

We found ourselves with a glut of plums in the house this week and instead of letting them go to waste I decided to do some baking. I am a big fan of tarts and especially ones that use fruit that is in season. This tart in my eyes is great because it is very summery with a great bite to it. I was fairly happy with how it turned out and thought it looked rather impressive if I do say so myself!

Plum and Almond Tartphoto (5)

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 150g butter (Cut in to cubes)
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water
  • zest of one small orange
  • 6-7 ripe plums

Method:

  1. Lightly grease and flour the edges of a 9 inch loose bottom tart tin
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C
  3. In a large bowl sieve the flour and icing sugar together
  4. Using your fingers rub in the butter to a breadcrumb like consistency
  5. Remove half of the mixture and place to the side. This will make the topping for later
  6. To the remaining mixture, add the egg yolk and just enough water to form a dough
  7. Chill the pastry in the fridge for five minutes
  8. Once chilled, roll out the pastry and line the prepared tin
  9. Blind bake the pastryΒ for 15 minutes
  10. While this is cooking prepare the plums by removing the stone and cutting in to wedges
  11. Arrange the plums in the bottom of the tart shell and sprinkle the zest of an orange
  12. Gently crush the flaked almonds with your hand and add toΒ the topping mixture
  13. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the tart and bake for around 20 minutes or until the fruit is cooked and the topping is golden
  14. Allow the tart to cool and serve on a cake stand with a dusting of icing sugar

I hope you give this recipe a go. If you do make sure to let me know in the comments below or on twitter
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