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tarte aux quetsches alsacienne

Plum tart

A butter and flaky puff pastry filled with juicy oven-baked plums topped with cinnamon sugar and custard make for a delicious late summer pie.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

Shortcrust pastry:

  • 250 g (2 cups) flour
  • 190 g (3/4 cups + 2tbsp) butter
  • 25 g egg about 1/2 an egg
  • 5 g (1 tsp) salt
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) water

Custard:

  • 50 g egg about 1 egg
  • 40 g (1/8 cup+2 tsp) sugar
  • 10 g (1tbsp corn) starch
  • 70 ml (1/3 cup) whole milk
  • 55 ml (1/4 cup) cream

Fruit topping:

  • 600 g (3 cups) pitted plums
  • 20 g (1/8 cup) powdered almonds
  • 35 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Shortcrust pastry:

  1. Dissolve the salt in the water.
  2. Mix the flour with the softened butter. Add the salted water and the egg and mix briefly until combined. It's important to not overwork the dough or it will become hard and compact.
  3. Chill for 12h.
  4. Roll out the pastry so that it's 2-3 mm (1/8'') thick. Line a 22 cm (8-9'') wide and 2 cm (1'') high tin.
  5. Prick some holes into it to prevent it from puffing up and place in the fridge for 30 min.

Custard:

  1. Whisk the egg with the sugar and the corn starch using an electric mixer (if you have one) until the they are pale and thick. Add the milk and the cream and mix shortly.

Baking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon and reserve for later use.
  3. Blind bake the tart: Line the dough with a large piece of baking paper and fill the baking paper-lined crust with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Make sure the weights cover the entire bottom of the crust. Bake the lined crust until dry, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and cover the base of the tart first with the ground almonds, then with the plums. Pour the custard over the fruit, then sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mix.
  5. Bake for a further 60 min, then remove from the tin and let cool on a rack.

Notes

Delicious with vanilla ice cream