Thursday, August 21, 2014

Plum Tartlets

The idea of baking these plum tartlets comes from Joyce, my baking buddy whom i know who has always enjoy making tarts. Just the thought of making tarts already made me a lazy know , making that crust pastry thing...but making one once in a blue moon is still very fine with me :)

I was very delighted when i read the recipe that these tartlets comes without crust. Yay! no waiting time and no messy work. The instructions given for making these tarts are almost like how we make the batter for the cake. Infact in the book , it says that these tarts will be the cakiest tart that you and me will ever eat, and it is almost a cake-like kind of texture. Oh well, i did not really get a cake like texture, i am not sure if the juices that had released during baking had affected the texture, mine turned out to be more towards tart like, but softer and also crumbly. I wasnt disappointed. times food can still be nice even though it did not turn out the way we expected them to be ..but i agree with the author that it is best served warm with some ice cream. Unfortunately, i have none of it at home :)

Recipe ( from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook , pg 133)
half of the original recipe 
made in three 4 inch ramekins / 4 inch springform loose bottom pan
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cardamon ( omitted )
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
115 gm unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg yolk
60gm sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest ( i did not put this )
3 plums, pitted and sliced ( pat them dry on paper towels )
1/4 cup turbinado sugar ( omitted )
confectioner's sugar for dusting
ice cream for serving ( optional )

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly butter the ramekins and place them on a baking sheet.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamon and salt, set aside.

Using a handheld mixer, cream the butter on medium high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolk, granulated sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and continue to beat until the mixture is light in colour. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in batches, mixing just until incorporated, not to overmix.

Divide the dough evenly among the ramekins. Fan plum slices in each ramekin, lightly pressing the slices into the dough with your fingers. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar.

Bake for 25-30mins until the tartlets look set and the tops are bubbly and caramelised to a golden brown. ( i did not sprinkle the top with sugar, i baked till the tartlets look set ) These are best served warm, or refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serve the tarts with a light dusting of confecioner's sugar and a scoop of your favourite ice cream, if desired.

Here i am baking along these plum tartlets with Joyce and Zoe, the linky will start from today up till aug30, 2014. All are welcomed to join us!

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  1. 酸酸甜甜的 feel哦。喜欢。。。

  2. such a pretty pretty tart... it looks so "优秀“

  3. These are SO beautiful!! Delicious, too, I bet :)


  4. Hi Lena,
    Got you at tart making! Haha! These are lovely, though mine has risen so high, I wonder why. The texture for me is like eating a cake version of shortbread instead of tart. But it is really nice, my daughter likes this. I did not have any ice cream too! :)

  5. A beautiful and delicious cake for late summer afternoon tea break, Lena.

  6. Hi Lena,

    I have to agree with you that this is the cakiest tart that I ever baked. To reduce the amount of butter consumed, I have made my tarts with half of the recipe too...

    Just realise that Dorie Greenspan's beurre and sel at Bon Appetit is also very similar to this recipe :D


  7. Oh.....these tartlets look so lovely. And now you make me crave for this dessert.

  8. Lena, the tart looks pretty. Like a flower!

  9. Hi Lena, these no crust plum tartlets are so pretty! Perfect for afternoon breaks !

  10. Lena, your plum tartlets look like a pretty fan with the plums arranged in that manner. It looks so soft and fluffy and totally unlike the usual tartlets. I'm sure they taste even better :)

  11. Looks very tempting. Nice with the plums wedges on top.

  12. These plum tarts look so pretty and delicious...I love the texture of it.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Lena...hope you are having a lovely week :D

  13. I think these tarts will pair well with vanilla ice cream..Enjoy your weekend!

  14. This is the third pretty and delicious plum tarts I see tonight! Oh no...I think I'll drool in my sleep later!!!

  15. Lena, this is a such a lovely looking tarts. They look so tempting!

  16. Lena, you make it sounded so gooooood. Wish I can have some too. Slurpppp....
    Hope you're going to have a fabulous week ahead dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  17. Hi Lena,
    I love your first picture, simply beautiful.
    I just baked this today. Love the simplicity of preparing this tart and yet it taste yum!

  18. Hi Lena, your plum slices are arranged so neatly. Nice!

  19. So pretty! Love the way you arranged the plums!

  20. Lena, I really love your plum tartlets and they look like flowers!

  21. Lena , those tartlets look pretty cute and tastes yummy for sure ! Love your small moulds *sigh* :D