These 4-ingredient plum tarts are super simple to make and come together in less than 30 minutes. They’re delicious for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a treat with tea of coffee! You can easily use another fruit instead of plums too—peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, or berries would be delicious alternatives!
I love this late summer season, where stone fruits are aplenty and fall is just around the corner. Well, fall is around the corner for those not living in the south, like us. The south seems to only know two seasons, summer and winter, with summer dominating the majority of the year.
The older I get, the less tolerance I have for hot weather. Maybe it’s because I feel most comfortable in my yoga pants and baggy sweatshirt and it’s not the most acceptable clothing to wear in 100ºF weather. I’m forced to be a slave to indoor air conditioning, which has me yearning for cooler weather all summer long.
For my birthday in June, all I wanted was to escape to the mountains, where spring was still in full swing. The highs were in the 70’s during the day and 50-60’s in the morning and evening. It was absolutely perfect. Even better that athletic apparel, aka my beloved yoga pants, was socially acceptable in the outdoorsy town we stayed in.
We spent our mornings hitting up cafes and afternoons hiking different trails with gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains. One morning we found a French bakery with legit Italian espresso and the yummiest pastries. It made me miss Europe so much! One of my favorite parts of visiting Europe were the cafes.
I love how simple the mornings were, people watching while we leisurely enjoyed our cappuccinos and pastries. Life is at such a different pace in Europe. They’re not rushing out of the cafe with a to-go cup in hand and a pastry clenched between their teeth as they hail a cab. I actually saw many of the locals taking the time to drink their coffee in porcelain cups at the bar or at a table instead.
I mean, if you’re not going to enjoy your experience at a cafe, why even bother going? You can easily, and less expensively I might add, make coffee at home.
Well, we took full advantage of them. It’s just a shame the cafes here are so different, at least where we live. They don’t serve the same coffee or the same pastries that I love. So I recreated them myself! They’re actually super simple to make, only requiring 3–4 ingredients. Quick, easy, and inexpensive to make, these plum tarts are the perfect treat to serve along with breakfast, brunch, with that afternoon cup of coffee or tea, or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
They’re also great for a crowd, since one box of puff pastry makes 18 tarts! Feel free to half the recipe though, to make less, or use another fruit, like peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.! They’re almost fool-proof and delicious with just about any fruit! I hope you enjoy them!
- 2 sheets (17.3-ounce package) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 large egg mixed with a splash of water, optional (for vegan option, use non-dairy milk of choice)
- 4–5 assorted medium plums, pitted and very thinly sliced
- coarse turbinado raw cane sugar, honey/maple syrup, or other sweetener of choice
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Thaw puff pastry according to the package directions. While pastry is thawing, thinly slice the plums and set aside.
- Unfold thawed pastry on a lightly floured surface and gently roll each side out into a larger rectangle. Cut each pastry sheet into 9 squares and place onto prepared pans.
- Brush each square with the egg wash. If not using egg, you can brush them with non-dairy milk. The egg wash just helps give the pastry a nice golden color.
- Top with plum slices, then sprinkle each tart with sugar or drizzle evenly with honey/maple syrup. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until tarts are puffy and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before transferring. Makes 18 mini tarts.