easy plum & frangipane galette

easy plum & frangipane galette

This plum and frangipane galette is a quick and easy dessert to knock up, and I’ve made it with a variety of fruits before. Its great with berries (such as blueberries) or other stone fruit like peaches or apricots. The frangipane mixture provides a lovely firm center to this pie which is best served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream. It’s not overly sweet, so it needs a dusting of ice sugar too. Nor is it very big, so double up the filling and make an extra one if you need to serve more people, and if your pastry comes in two 250gm sheets. I added a splash of Grand Marnier, but you can totally leave this out.

easy plum & frangipane galette

easy plum & frangipane galette

I was given the delicious plumcots that went into this dessert when I visited De Wetshof in Robertson recently. They were grown on their neighbours farm. Essentially a hybrid between a plum and an apricot, I found they had the taste of a plum but with a much-needed firmer texture. I find plums go overly soft very quickly as they ripen. They land up becoming mushy, so you have to catch them during their small window of opportunity when they are ripe enough to be sweet, but not too ripe to disintegrate. The plumcots seemed to offer the perfect solution to this issue and I wish we could get them everywhere.

easy plum & frangipane galette

Plums are lovely converted into desserts, and if you havent seen or made this famous purple plum torte, its well worth popping that onto your ‘must-bake’ list. It’s a real winner and I’ve made it so many times now. 

*Cooks notes ~ I always keep all butter puff pastry in my freezer in case I need to make some kind of pie or dessert, and I only every buy good quality all-butter. I shudder to think what goes into some of the cheaper pastry brands. Depending on how your oven bakes, I generally find whenever I’m baking, I need to cover the food about half way through the bake time to prevent over browning. I do this with a piece of tin foil which I move on and off until I get the right degree of brown that I want. 

easy plum & frangipane galette

Recipe  – makes one small galette – serves 2 greedier or 4 smallish portions 

Plum and franginape galette
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 250g butter puff pastry
  2. 65g caster sugar
  3. 65g butter
  4. ½ vanilla extract
  5. 2t Orange liqueur, brandy of cognac (optional)
  6. 1 egg, lightly beaten - reserve a tablespoon to brush the pastry
  7. 70g ground almonds / almond flour
  8. 20g flour
  9. 250g sliced plums
  10. Icing sugar to dust
  11. Fresh cream or ice cream to serve.
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C / 350F
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar and butter until well combined. Add the egg (keeping a tablespoon behind to brush the pastry), cognac, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Mix the flours in by hand using a spatula. You should have soft but fairly thick paste that holds it shape.
  4. Place the sheet of puff pastry on a lined tray and spread the filling into the middle allowing about a 3cm border around. Top with ¾ of the sliced plums and then roughly fold the edges and corners in around the filling leaving the center part open. Fill this with the remaining plum slices.
  5. Brush the edges with the remaining egg and bake for 50 minutes until firm and golden brown. Loosely cover the pie with tin foil from about 30 minutes into the baking time to prevent over browning.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dusting of icing sugar, cream or ice cream.
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8 Responses to easy plum & frangipane galette

  1. Kristy Rhine March 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    This looks so good this morning! Lovely pics!

  2. lynne hoareau March 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    How scrumptious ! and wow ! a slice would go down so well, right now 🙂 .

  3. Samantha (@PlanetBakeLife) March 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    This looks incredibly tasty and I can imagine a whipped vanilla cream would go really well with a big slice after dinner.

  4. Gemma Gonzalez March 23, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    I love this kind of easy-yet-delicious galettes. What a nice combination of flavors, and how beautiful does it look?! Your pictures are making me feel hungry! :-p

    xo

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 23, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    I adore frangipane, this much be divine with ripe summer figs!

  6. Sam March 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for the kind words Gemma

  7. thebrickkitchen April 8, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    Such a gorgeous tart! I love rustic tarts, and frangipane goes SO well with stonefruit – perfect for the late-summer plums we have around at the moment! I normally use short pastry but will have to give butter puff a go sometime 🙂

  8. Aleksandra@Vanilla&Staubzucker April 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    What a great idea…I was thinking about something new and tasty to prepare with last winter apples. Thank you Sam!

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