Frangipane Plum Tart
Recipe Type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
This tart has a buttery crust filled with almond frangipane filling studded with plums.
  • Crust
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons (35g) white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated
  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons (30ml) ice water
  • Frangipani Filling
  • 1¼ pounds (570g) firm-ripe plums
  • 8 ounces (225g) almond paste, grated
  • 4 Tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons (35g) white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons (23g) plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Glaze
  • ⅓ cup(110g) peach jam
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) boiling water
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) orange liqueur
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (176ºC) Make dough first because it has to chill before being baked and then cool completely before it is filled and baked again.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.
  3. Use pastry blender to combine dry ingredients with butter until it resembles coarse crumbs with small lumps of butter.
  4. Add egg yolks, vanilla and half of the water to form dough.
  5. Turn dough out onto counter and knead it to distribute butter.
  6. If dough is ‘shaggy’, add enough water to make the dough workable.
  7. Form dough into a disc, use well-floured fingers to pat the dough into an even layer on bottom and one inch up the sides of 9 inch (23 cm) spring form pan.
  8. Chill dough for 30 minutes, prick bottom of tart shell with a fork, cover dough with foil and fill with pie weights.
  9. Bake 5 minutes, until edges are golden, remove pie weights and foil, bake crust 15 minutes more, until golden.
  10. Cool the crust, in pan, while preparing plums and the frangipane filling.
  11. Cut plums in half, discard seeds, and set aside.
  12. Combine almond paste, butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy.
  13. Reduce speed to low, add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each addition.
  14. Beat in the flour and salt.
  15. Spread filling in tart shell and poke plum halves into the filling.
  16. Bake tart 70 minutes or until frangipane is puffed and golden.
  17. Top with glaze made by combining jam with water.
  18. When jam has melted, stir in orange liquor.
  19. Drizzle glaze on hot tart and cool it in pan on rack for 15 minutes before removing the side of the pan.
  20. Cool the tart completely before serving.
Peaches, apricots, or berries can be substituted for plums. If you can't get to the market in Ortigia, almond paste can be found in the baking aisle at most markets. It is not the same as marzipan.
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