Easy Plum Tarts

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Plums are in.

Not in fashion, but in the market. Although my tongue for food is far more developed than my eye for fashion, and I’d love a pair of pants or some wallpaper in dusty prune plum. Right?

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These came to be the morning after a particularly late night, when a small group of fun people gathered for a cooking class and sleepover at a beautiful retreat out in the foothills, and I was in charge of feeding everyone breakfast. We fired up the pizza oven, which was still warm from the night before, and baked a frittata, and roasted plums with butter, sugar and rosemary from the pot outside the window, and sliced a few more to turn into tarts just by baking them on squares of puff pastry, with a bit of sugar and sliced almonds as a buffer in between.

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It’s as easy as it looks – roll out thawed puff, cut into squares, top with sugar/almonds/plums, and fold the edges over to contain any wayward juices. If there had been some cream cheese, soft goat cheese or mascarpone, I might have sweetened and spread it over the pastry to nudge the plums into.

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These could be considered dessert, and would make a fine vehicle for a scoop of ice cream, or breakfast pastries a little more fruit-heavy than the usual jam-dabbed Danish. And if plums aren’t in season, thinly slice apples or pears would do just as well, although you may want to consider adding a pinch of cinnamon to your sugar. If you happen to have a jar of vanilla sugar, all the better.

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Easy Plum Tarts

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8 comments on “Easy Plum Tarts

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    September 18, 2014 at 4:34 am

    This is my kinda food Julie! I am all over puff pastry and fruit. Love these – they are so pretty with plums inside! And yes, so easy. Also, want them for breakfast now!

  2. Lana
    September 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I have never tried to do anything with puff pastry. Now that I have a child who is healthier without gluten, I’ve been avoiding it even more. But these look SO delicious and beautiful! Maybe when she’s away one morning…

  3. Jules @ WolfItDown
    September 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Loving the addition of almonds to this! It looks great and is so simple to whip up should you have any guests turning up unexpectedly 😀 Great recipe ^ ^

  4. Medeja
    September 19, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Great idea to make easy and delicious tarts! I need to borrow it! Thanks! 🙂

  5. Brittany
    September 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Looks amazing! I love the food styling as well!

  6. Elizabeth Leroux
    August 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Julie, I made these and they were delicious but the pasty on the bottom was really tough. Needed a knife to cut through. Any suggestions?

    • Julie
      August 27, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Hmm.. was it packaged puff pastry?

  7. Liz
    August 27, 2019 at 11:35 pm


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