Plum Tart

plum tart with gradient effect
Photo: Paola + Murray
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
9 to 12 Serves

When it comes to baking with peak-season plums, simple really is the best route. A golden brown puff-pastry crust—store bought or homemade—makes the perfect canvas for the caramelized plums that get fanned over top.


  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting

  • ½ recipe Rough Puff Pastry or 14 to 16 ounces store-bought frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 pound plums (about 5), pitted and cut into ½-inch wedges (3 cups)

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (we use Diamond Crystal)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 9 1/2-by-13 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet (quarter sheet pan) with parchment, leaving a 2-inch over-hang on long sides.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to an approximately 14 1/2-by-11 1/2-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Trim edges so you're left with a 14-by-11-inch rectangle. Fit into sheet (dough should come all the way up sides without an overhang). Freeze 15 minutes.

  3. Stir together fruit, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt; arrange mixture in tart shell, in a single, slightly overlapping layer (if using a variety of colors of fruit, arrange by color if desired).

  4. Bake 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375° and continue baking, rotating sheet twice, until fruit is bubbling and pastry is puffed and cooked through, 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes (if pastry is browning too quickly, tent with foil; if middle puffs up during baking, remove sheet from oven, use scissors to snip a little hole in puffed-up spot, and return to oven).

  5. Let cool completely in sheet on a wire rack. Use parchment overhangs to remove before cutting into pieces to serve. Tart can be stored at room temperature, covered loosely with foil, up to 1 day.

Cook's Notes

If you are using store-bought pastry and you have only 14 ounces or a pound, it will fit best in an 8-by-12-inch baking pan. You may not need all the fruit.

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