When I was little, my grandfather prided himself on being able to fit an entire plum in his mouth, squish it around between his teeth and cheeks, and simply spit out the seed. We thought it was a great trick, and we were pretty sure this was the way he won my grandmother’s heart (Don’t we all fall for those charming, immature parlor tricks?)
Pick your Plum
There seems to more and more plum varieties on the market these days, and they come in all shapes and colors. My grandfather would not have known which one to select.
So it would be difficult for me to tell you which type of plum to choose for this Plum Tart with Mascarpone, Cane Syrup & Honey Glaze recipe. There are now pluots, which are a hybrid of both plums and apricots, or apriums, which are a hybrid of apricots and plums. What’s the difference? Not much. Just buy what is fresh and fragrant in the produce aisle. Those are always the best. I used rose apriums for the golden colored tart, and black plums for the darker tart pictured below.
And of course, peaches and nectarines would work beautifully with this recipe. No adjustments needed, simply follow the recipe as written. Again, use what looks best.
Plums, Peaches, Cherries & Almonds = Cousins
Did you know that cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and almonds are all members of the Prunus genus? What that means is that they come from the same original plant, and through natural or human selection, they turned into the summer fruits we know today. That’s why you can combine plums with apricots, or peaches. They are plant cousins, but as opposed to humans, that is not a weird situation. It is delicious.
Try this plum tart with any summer fruit. It may seems like a lot of steps, but frankly I think this plum tart is easier to make than a regular old pie. Less mess than rolling out crist, you simply press the crust dough into your pan.
If you can’t find cane syrup, just substitute molasses for a more distinct flavor, or honey for a more…er…honeyed flavor.
I hope you enjoy this tart as much as my grandfather enjoyed entertaining us with his plum trick.Print
Plum Tart with Mascarpone, Cane Syrup & Honey Glaze
- Prep Time: 30 minutea
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: European
2 cups flour
¼ cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
¼ cup dark cane syrup
1 ¼ lbs. fresh plums, washed, pits removed and sliced
2 oz. melted butter
2 tbsp. orange liqueur
Juice of ½ fresh lime
Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C). Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit the inside bottom of an 11” tart pan. Place the paper in the pan, and spray the inside rim with vegetable spray, or coat with vegetable oil. Set aside.
Crust: Using an electric mixer, combine the crust ingredients until you have a mixture that resembles pebbles and sand. Press the mixture into your prepared tart pan, making sure to press the crust mixture up the sides of the pan.
Filling: Make the filling by combining the mascarpone cheese, cane syrup and egg in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Spread the cheese mixture over the prepared crust in the pan, and smooth so that the filling is evenly spread. Arrange the sliced plums on top. Drizzle the melted butter over the pastry and use a pastry brush to gently extend the butter over the fruit. Place the tart in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Once the tart filling seems firm, remove the tart from the oven, and allow to cool completely.
Glaze: Whisk together the glaze ingredients, and drizzle over the tart right before serving