Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Simplest Plum Tart

Simplest Plum Tart from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week, the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi is one I really wanted to love but I had a few issues with it (I think).

I mean, what’s not to love – Dorie’s sweet tart dough, cookie crumbs and slow cooked plums – sounds amazing doesn’t it? And it did TASTE amazing and it looked pretty good, but to me it didn’t feel like I’d made this correctly. The plums, although they cooked down, never quite “bonded” with the cookie crumbs underneath (you place them directly on the crumbs) and when you cut it, it all kind of fell apart. Add this to the fact that the sugar you sprinkle on top of the plums halfway through the bake never quite melted and caramelized (you can see it peeking through the plums in the photo) and you have a super tasting dessert but one that didn’t look *quite* like I think it was supposed to (also, in an attempt to caramelize that sugar, I popped this under the broiler for a minute or two and everything got *slightly* singed…). I wondered about roasting the plums separately for 30 minutes before popping them on the biscuit crumb base and then baking for 30 minutes so that they might “sit” better? Also, though my plums were “snug” in the tart shell before they baked, they shrunk a lot – I clearly needed many more than I put in to account for this.

Then again, I’m in the middle of a big round of edits on my own book and may be questioning myself unnecessarily. Because the night I served this was our annual street party and I made a few of my neighbours taste this before I popped it on the potluck table. It nearly didn’t make it to the communal table because it tasted so good. Moral of the tale? Serve imperfect-looking desserts in the dark 😉

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Simplest Plum Tart on p 153 of Baking Chez Moi.

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10 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Simplest Plum Tart”

  1. Hi Mardi, mine was exactly like yours – the components didn’t seem to meld. However, it tasted fine – just not my favourite. I would have liked a frangipane or the like to bind it all together.


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