Plums are in season now in England and they are one of my favourite fruits. They are very sweet and I find them great in crumbles and tarts.
One of my dearest friends has a plum's tree which is loaded at the moment and she gave me a bag full of them! So over the the weekend I baked this tart which we all enjoyed, including the children.
It has taken me ages to figure out how to make a good shortcrust pastry. I used to get pastries that were chewy or as hard as rock. It can be tricky but once you have grasped the basic concept of cold ingredients and timing you'll find that making a tart is really easy. As for most things it is practice after all.
You need to work your ingredients really quickly. I learned to mix them all up with a knife ( to avoid overheating the pastry) and to use my hands only in the end. Always use butter and eggs that have come straight out of the fridge. Put the pastry in the fridge before cooking it if it feels sticky on your hands (don't add extra flour instead).
You can serve this with whipped cream or ice cream. It is a wonderful pudding and very refreshing too.
- Prep Time : 40 minutes
- Cook Time : 40 minutes
On your work top mix together the flour, egg, sugar, lemon zest and salt. Add the diced butter and incorporate all the ingredients together very quickly. If the mixture feels a bit sticky put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Lay it on a large round baking tin and with your hands flatten it well. Pinch the base all over with a fork and cook it at 190C for about 25-30 minutes until it looks slightly golden.
Whilst the base is cooking, cut the plums into halves and get rid of the stone. In a large pan put the butter and sugar and let it caramelize at a low heat until it melts. Add the fruit and cook for 10 minutes turning them on both sides.
When the pastry is cooked let it cool down and spread the jam over it. Lay the plums on it and finish off by pouring over them the juice they have released in the pan.
Spread it all over with the chopped hazelnuts.
You can serve it with fresh cream or ice cream.