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Plum and almond tart

plum frangipan tart
plum frangipan tart
plum frangipan tart

After a long absence of doing anything exciting in the kitchen, I made an almond and plum tart using this recipe, which I picked by searching for frangipan. It could probably cope with slightly more plums, but it’s yummy anyway, and looks nice with the frangipan visible between the fruit. And the pastry is so good! Usually I don’t liks making shortcrust pastry because it’s either too sticky and irritating to roll out, or too crumply. But this is the perfect consistency, didn’t stick at all with minimal flouring (is that a word?) and was really easy to roll out thinly. The portion of the recipe was far too much for the one tart, so I kept it in the fridge for second one a few days later:

berry frangipan tart

I used a deeper cake tin this time, and mixed berries instead of plums. Because the filling was much deeper, I mixed in the blueberries with the frangipan and just stuck the strawberries and blackberries on top. Because obviously berries are more fragile than plums, and have a much higher water content, they sort of collapsed and I had to leave it in for slightly too long for the filling not to be liquidy. As a result, it doesn’t look as pretty as the plum one, but if anything it was even more delicious! I will make it again soon, with all the berries submerged so that hopefully the top will go a bit crusty.

Have you been baking or cooking anything interesting recently? I’m trying to get my cooking out of the way before Captain Nemo arrives and I’ll have to subsist on things that can be prepared and eaten with one hand for a while!

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  • Sara 9 November 2012, 4:16 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! I am lost to what a tart is now, lol. Here, tarts are like mini-pies. But this looks like something much more delicious!
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    • Franca 9 November 2012, 7:02 pm

      For me the definition of a tart is that it has shortcrust pastry with some kind of open filling – can be any size. Pies have a pastry lid.

  • Jen 9 November 2012, 5:00 pm

    If you have a freezer, even a small one, now is the time to fill it with things to eat post-Nemo!

    • Franca 9 November 2012, 7:02 pm

      That is the plan for once I finish work!

      • Jen 11 November 2012, 6:44 pm

        That’s great! Think about things you can eat with one hand – I found servings of soup to be really useful because you can drink soup out of a mug (see? one hand) while you nurse. Slices of quiche were great too.

  • Vix 9 November 2012, 5:45 pm

    That looks amazing, it’s making me hungry! x
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  • Helen 9 November 2012, 6:10 pm

    This looks amazing! I used to make cloufoutis with plums all the time which looks a little similar to this but not as fancy and nowhere near as difficult- I’m not good at pastry! I think baked plums are gorgeous in anything
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    • Franca 9 November 2012, 7:03 pm

      This pastry is really easy. Don’t need an electric mixer or anything and really, it doesn’t stick!

  • Lorena 18 January 2013, 1:39 pm

    This looks so good – i haven’t had cake or sweets in the last 2 weeks, so i am literally climbing up the walls!
    Last time I baked, it was cupcakes, about a month ago. I had many, many of them 🙂
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