Plums are such beautiful fruit. I love all their colors from yellow to deep dark purple and the silvery-white bloom covering the plum makes them distinct. Red plums are my favorite; it’s the sweet and tart flavor I love, and these plums are perfect for baking. Today’s One Hot Oven treat is a Red Plum Tart with Vanilla Bean. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Lately, the bins and tables at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores here in Sacramento are full of plums. I ended up with a whole bag of plums after my Sunday visit to the Sacramento Farmer’s Market with instructions to keep the plums in the fridge and they will last for a good week.
My beautiful red plums!!!
When you bake plums it deepens their flavor and caramelizes the juices which makes them gloriously delicious. Today’s recipe for the plum tart is quick to make because it uses just four ingredients, red plums, puff pastry, sugar and a vanilla bean.
Let’s make a tart, are you ready?
Your first step is to roll out the thawed puff pastry and then sprinkle the dough with vanilla sugar.
Since my tart pan is a rectangle and 14 inches long I rolled both pieces of the puff pastry together so it will fit in the pan.
Layer in the sliced plums.
Here’s the trick for making this tart, make sure you pack in the plum slices since they shrink and a lot of fruit keeps the crust from collapsing and losing its shape. Hey, ya want it to look as pretty as it tastes.
Sprinkle the remaining vanilla sugar over the top of the plums. That’s it, now let’s bake a tart!
In 20 minutes you can have this tasty dessert on your table that will make everyone ooh and ahh over this luscious tart.
I know you are thinking, hey I’ve got a ton of peaches sitting here in my fruit bowl and no plums are in sight. Well, this recipe is really adaptable to all kinds of stone fruits so use those peaches, apricots or nectarines and this tart will be just as good.
Red Plum Tart with Vanilla Bean
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- On a floured surface roll the thawed puff pastry big enough to fit the tart pan.
- Lay the pastry into the pan and trim edges.
- Put the sugar in a bowl and split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the sugar. Mix to combine.
- Sprinkle the desired amount of the vanilla sugar into the bottom of the tart.
- Slice the plums into thin slices. Arrange the slices cut side down so they are overlapping.
- Sprinkle the rest of the vanilla sugar over the plums.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the pastry is golden and the plums are baked through.
The beauty of this tart is its simplicity of flavor. The vanilla bean and sugar bring out the sweetness of the plums and the flaky puff pastry adds a yummy buttery flavor.
Thanks to all my baking friends for looking today.