Thursday, August 21, 2014

Plum Tartlets : Bake Along #67

It's Bake-Along week! And for this week's bake no. 67, I have selected Plum Tartlets, to bake together with my baking buddies, Lena and Zoe, and anyone who would like to join in the fun. 

What drawn me to this recipe is, firstly, the plums, as I love plums. Secondly, the author of the book describes this tartlet as "The cakiest tart you'll ever eat", so I was really curious about the texture of the "tart".


Plum Tartlet


Before baking

As usual, I've reduced the sugar, by half for this recipe, and it was just right. Did not have any lemons, so I've used orange zest instead. And have replaced the turbinado sugar with demerara sugar.
These tartlets are baked in ramekin moulds. The batter is rather thick, not quite a dough, but really thick. Divide the batter into six ramekin moulds, and arrange the sliced plums over the top, pressing gently into the batter. It would be a good idea to use small plums. I used medium to large plums, and got to trim the plum slices to fit into the ramekin. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the tartlets are puffy and golden brown.


After baking

It looks puffy and really nice, could not wait to try it!



Dust with some confectioners' sugar over the top before serving. Would love to eat it with ice cream, but did not have any! 


The crumbs are really moist, buttery and a little crumbly, similar to a shortbread! I can't help thinking I'm eating a cake version of shortbread, instead of "the cakiest tart you'll ever eat"! It is really nice, and since I am a fan of shortbread, I've enjoyed this tartlet.


Plum Tartlets
(adapted from "Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook", Cheryl and Griffith Day)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder, preferably aluminium-free
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (omitted as butter is salted)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (orange zest)
6 plums, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (demerara sugar)
confectioners' sugar for dusting
ice cream for serving (optional)

Special equipment :
Six 4-inch ramekins

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly butter the ramekins and place them on a baking sheet.
In a medium mixing bowl., whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a medium mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer), cream the butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolks, 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 thirds, mixing just until incorporated; be careful 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 to 30 minutes, until the tartlets look set and the tops are bubbly and caramelized to a golden brown. These are best served warm, but they can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days. 
Serve the tarts with a light dusting of confectioners' sugar and a scoop of your favourite ice cream, if desired.


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19 comments:

  1. Oh Joyce ... almost to pretty to eat (giggling ) I said almost , gimmie a couple ;-D

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  2. Hi Joyce,

    Interesting that Lena, you and I said the same that this tartlet tastes cake-like to us :D Did you choose this recipe to set Lena to bake some tarts??? :p I hope she won't hate me for making her baking maple pecan pie for the subsequent bake-along... That recipe is really really nice!!!

    ... ok ok I have to say this one too! Great choice!

    Zoe

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  3. Hi Joyce, taste 'cake-like' tartlet looks yummy. I may bake along to try it myself ^-^!

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  4. Joyce, your plum tartlets look like soft cushiony cake and I'm sure they taste tart and sweet at the same time. If I have time, I'll try these :)

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  5. Joyce, next time buy ice -cream and then bake this tart. It would be nice to have the warm tarts with vanilla ice-cream!

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  6. Bila buat lagi? Maybe kita buat English tea party theme eh

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  7. Looks very crumbly and buttery. Great to bake with other stone fruits too.

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  8. yummy tartlets....looks so puffy and nice!

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  9. It reminds me of upside down cake batter...also rather thick. They look very delicious!

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  10. Excellent little tartlets, Joyce! Plus, they're cute!

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  11. i wonder too why yours came out so puffy..and you are quite right, i think the texture quite resembles a shortbread and i think this tartlet will taste great with apricots too. gosh, i just realised that i got to make the real tart soon!

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  12. I want to bake these too! Just bought some nice plums. :)

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  13. Lovely little tartlets! I would love one or two ;)

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  14. What adorable tartlets, love how they puffed up.

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  15. This is very clever - slicing the plums and pushing them downwards. LOVE!

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  16. Hi Joyce, I like that your plums are evenly sliced and neatly arranged.

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  17. Your plum tartlets look wonderful. It would be perfect with ice cream! I wonder if this would be good with peaches. Yummy!

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  18. Hi Joyce,
    Yours puff up so beautifully.
    I just baked mine few days ago. Me too love this cake version shortbread ;p
    mui

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