Thursday, September 24, 2009

Plum Tartlets at Heart and Home

Good Morning! Here at Heart and Home we love to bake.
It's the perfect time of year to make fabulous Plum Tartlets!

Wash, pit and cut Italian plums into sixths

gather your other ingredients

mix and stir, cut and press,

chop, grate and assemble

bake, wait, ahhh - the aroma is wonderful....

Finally, it's time to enjoy!

These tarts are delicious for breakfast, tea-time, or dessert with vanilla ice cream.

Italian plums (sometimes called prune plums) stay firm during baking
 and are tart and juicy. They maintain their rich deep plum color (no, these aren't burnt - the skin just photographed very dark!)

The recipe follows, I hope you'll bake some and save me one for later!

Italian Plum Tartlets:
Kuchen Pie Shell:
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter or reg. margarine, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
dash salt

Sift flour and baking powder into medium bowl. With mixer or back of spoon (I use pastry blender) blend in butter until smooth. In medium bowl, beat egg until frothy, Gradually beat in sugar and salt, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Add to flour mixture, mixing until smooth. Press dough evenly over bottom and sides of tartlet pans (or use one 9" tart pan). (dough is sticky, I spray my hands with Pam first) Refrigerate until ready to fill.

1 1/2 lbs Italian plums
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash plums, cut into quarters for large tart pan, sixths for small tartlet pans.  Remove pits. Arrange plums on unbaked kuchen shell, sprinkle with granulated sugar and orange peel.
Bake 15 minutes, reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F, bake 45 minutes longer.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm, with light cream, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream. Or eat one right away, all by itself, while standing over kitchen sink!! Yum.

I hope you enjoy my contribution to this week's Foodie Friday, hosted by Designs by Gollum. If you try the recipe I'd love to hear how they turned out for you.

Remember:  Come back on Monday for details on my fabulous blogger giveaway!!
Until next time,

Italian Plum Tartlets on Foodista


Lori E said...

Delicious. I can tell. I really like the prune plums and have eaten quite a few this summer already. I remember many trees in empty lots growing up. They were so laden with the plums the branches were almost touching the ground. We had to pick them to save the tree from broken branches right?

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful artfully arranged dessert and they sound delicious too!

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! these look to pretty to eat. I always forget about making things with plums. THANKS!!! for the recipe. Geri

Heidi said...

OooHhh! I see I arrived just in time. These look so delicious. Time to see if I can buy some plums...

Thank you for visiting my blog. You are right about we Heidi's having to stick together.

Happy weekend to you!

Hugs ~

Poppedijne said...

These little tartlets remind me of the plum tarts my mother makes. They are delishous and your look just the same.I have to ask mom to me me a plum tart one of these weeks.
Thanks for sharing.

food with style said...

oh they look wonderful!

Mary said...

These look so good and you've given us a recipe that's easy to make. Thanks so much for that. Your tartlets are really beautiful. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Mrs. P. said...

These look terrific! I just love plum desserts! Thanks for sharing!


honeysuckle said...

Those look great! I love plums and usually make a large tart but the individual ones look so cute and personal!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is great !! Nice recipe !! Great Post..Unseen Rajasthan

Rettabug said...

My mouth is watering at just the thought of one juicy bite of your plum tarts! Thanks for the recipe.
I ♥ your beautiful blue candlesticks...awesome!!

Sonia said...

Oh these tarts look wonderful...great to have a recipe to use plums when they are in season! Thanks for the inspiration to bake something..I need to get busy in the kitchen! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Joyce said...

I definitely could eat more then one:)

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Mmmmm, they look so good! Pretty too! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Heidi, they look yummy and are so pretty! I love to bake also!!

Barb ♥

Modern Country Lady said...

Looks and sounds delicious -mmmm mouthwatering!!