Plum and Port Crostata

Photo: Bryan Gardner
1 9-inch crostata


  • 1 ½ cups ruby port

  • 1 ¼ cups packed light-brown sugar, divided

  • 2 pounds Italian prune plums, halved and pitted

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream, for brushing

  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

  • ½ recipe Martha's Pate Brisee


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Simmer port and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cover, and let cool 10 minutes.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Fit into an 8-inch pie dish, leaving a 1-inch overhang.

  3. Stir together remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, plums, cornstarch, cinnamon, and port syrup. Transfer to pie shell. Fold in overhang to form a crust; brush crust with cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake 30 minutes; reduce oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden and center is bubbling, about 45 minutes more. Let cool.

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