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Tuscan Plum Tart

I am totally indebted to Darina for this recipe.  I sometimes make this with peaches or nectarines too, and it is fabulous too.  This is such a great pudding for a dinner party of any sort and if there is any left over it will keep for days great with a cup of coffee.

Serves 10

Ingredients

  • 275g sugar
  • 150ml water
  • 900g plums
  • 150g soft butter
  • 175g sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 3 eggs

Method

1 x 25cm(10inch) sauté pan or frying pan that can be used in an oven. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170’c.Put the sugar and water into the pan.
  2. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then cook without stirring until the sugar caramelises to a golden brown. 
  3. Meanwhile half and stone the plums, carefully arrange cut side down in a single layer over the caramel(this will be the top of the cake when it is cooked).
  4. Put the butter, sugar and flour into the bowl of an electric food processor, whiz for a couple of seconds, then add the eggs and stop as soon as the mixture comes together ( if you don’t have a food processor, just cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs one by one, then mix in the flour).
  5. Spread the mixture in an even layer over the plums in the pan. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about one hour.  The centre should be firm to the touch and the edges slightly shrunk from the sides of the pan.  Run a knife around the edges, to make sure it has not stuck anywhere.
  7. Do leave it to sit for 3 or 4 minutes before turning out .
  8. Serve with whipped cream, or crème fraiche.