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Molly's Plum Tart

The free-form crust of this large, rectangular tart is easy to create, but be sure to leave enough of a border (1 to 1 1/2 inches) to fold the edges up over the fruit filling. To serve, cut into squares.

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 10 people

Recipe Ingredients

  For The Pastry
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozAll-purpose flour
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozCold unsalted butter - cut small pieces
1 tablespoon 15mlSugar
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1 teaspoon 5mlEgg yolk (large)
1/3 cup 78mlCold water
  For The Tart
1/2 cup 46g / 1.6ozWhole unblanched almonds
1/4 cup 49g / 1.7ozSugar - plus
2 tablespoons 30mlSugar
1/4 cup 15g / 0.5ozAll-purpose flour
1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24ozSmall Italian plums - halved, pitted
4 tablespoons 60mlUnsalted butter - cut small pieces
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozRed currant jelly
1 tablespoon 15mlGrand Marnier

Recipe Instructions

Prepare the pastry: Combine the flour, butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and cold water; process until the dough just comes together in the side of the bowl. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the almonds, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the flour in the food processor; process until it resembles powder. Reserve.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out 1/8-inch thick into a large rectangle; transfer to a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Spread the reserved almond mixture over the bottom of the dough, leaving a 1- to 1 1/2-inch border.

Arrange the plums, cut-side down, over the almond mixture. Fold the dough up over the plums, pressing and pinching it together to make a nice edge. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the plums, then dot with butter.

Bake for 1 hour, or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden. Meanwhile, whisk together the red currant jelly and Grand Marnier. Brush the mixture over the entire tart just after it comes out of the oven. Cool the tart slightly. Cut into squares and serve warm.

This recipe yields 10 servings.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 397 calories, 55g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 18g fat, 59mg cholesterol.

Simply Delicious by Sheila Lukins from Parade magazine - Pub date: - 07-22-2001 - S(Reformatted for MC6): - 07-31-2002 by Joe Comiskey - [email protected]


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