Monday, September 19, 2011

Mirabelle Plum Curd Tartlets with Nutty Crusts


I've mentioned before what an abundant garden we have back home in Germany. Among the many fruit and nut trees, there are three types of plums. One is a Mirabelle.  My MIL Fine spends the summer and fall preserving everything than comes from the trees. Before we moved, I spotted several jars of these golden orbs in her cabinet and she lovingly handed one over for me to bake with.


Fine preserves them in water with just a little bit of sugar so they retain their flavor.


Making curd was the first idea that came to mind. I hadn't made tartlets in awhile so pairing the plums' sweet deep flavor with a nut studded crust worked perfectly. These tartlets are a fruity nutty delight.


Mirabelle Plum Curd Tartlets with Nutty Crust

For the Plum Curd:

I followed Sasha's excellent recipe for Starfruit Curd over at Global Table Adventures substituting the Mirabelle plums for the starfruit.


For the Nutty Crust:

Ingredients:
  • 1 stick butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1+1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease tartlet pans.
  • Place sugar, nuts, flour and salt into a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Add butter and pulse until the butter is worked in and the dough has a crumb texture.
  • Press into pan and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Assemble the Tartlets:


You will need 3 ounces of melted chocolate. I used bittersweet.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Spoon the custard into the tartlet shells.
  • Place a whole plum in the middle of the tartlet.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the top. 

Makes 6 tartlets.

4 comments:

  1. This was definitely the year that I fell in love with curd but I haven't ventured into more out-of-the-norm fruits like plums! How lucky that your MIL preserved these for you. The tarts look delicious.

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  2. Those tarts look amazing. And how nice to have your own supply of such interesting fruits. They look like apricots!

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  3. I've always wanted to try Mirabelle plums, but I've never ever seen them for sale. Maybe I just need to buy some land and start an orchard! ;-)

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  4. Your tartlett crust sounds like one I would just love and this Mirabelle plum is a *new to me* one. They look very good and the curd looks like it would be delicious.

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