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Summer Plum Tart

Any firm, ripe plum will work well in this rustic, elongated, rectangular tart. If you prefer, you can make the same recipe in a nine-inch-round tart ring.

  • Yield: Makes one 4 1/2-by-14-inch tart

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 1994


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Pate Sucree for Plum Tart
  • 3 tablespoons almond paste
  • 1 pound plums (4 or 5), pitted and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup plum or red-currant jam


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set a 4 1/2-by-14-inch bottomless tart form on top. Set the baking sheet aside.

  2. On a clean work surface, roll out pate sucree to a 7 1/2-by-17-inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Roll the rectangle onto pin; unroll over form; let extra dough hang over edge. Using knuckles, fit dough into form.

  3. Crumble almond paste evenly over dough, and sprinkle flour evenly over almond paste. Arrange sliced plums in a fish-scale pattern on top of the dough; sprinkle plums with sugar.

  4. Fold overhanging dough over plums; tear, creating a 1-inch free-form edge. Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator; chill dough 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and cream; beat lightly. Brush chilled pastry with egg wash.

  6. Bake until crust is golden brown and fruit bubbles, about 35 minutes. Transfer tart to a wire rack.

  7. In a small saucepan, combine jam and 2 tablespoons water. Set pan over medium heat, and cook until warm. Remove pan from heat, and pass glaze through a sieve; discard any solids. Brush warm glaze over plums in tart. Let glaze cool slightly, remove tart form, and serve.


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