We have three gorgeous plum trees on our property. The Mirabelles are over now but we still have these little late summer purple prune plums, or zwetschgen aplenty. So this will be the first of a few plumcentric posts until the end of the month.
The day before I had done my harvest penance and dragged out the ladder to pick the ones near the tops of the trees she could not reach with the picker. This turned into a comedy of sorts. As I was grabbing the branches to pull the plums off, several would fall to the ground. Fine would go around with her bucket picking up the ones that dropped and the minute she had her back turned, Lucy the sheep and Rosalie the dwarf goat would each snatch a plum out of the bucket to scarf down.
After some instruction from Fine, I put myself in charge of properly slicing the plums. They are cut in a way to make them stand up to attention on the tart. You slice from the stem all the way around and then crosswise in the other direction but only half way down the plum.
|I can't even begin to imagine how many plum tarts have been made in this pan|
For Fine's recipe for Vla or Plum Tart hop on over to my German Food Page at About.com