Photos updated July 2018: This rustic plum tart is simple to make and is free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, with a gluten-free alternative. It’s also vegan friendly and you can easily use your favorite fruit, like peaches or berries, instead of plums.
I love the smell of something yummy baking in the oven, especially pies. Flour, coconut oil, fruit and sugar blend together to make the best fragrance. It’s my natural aromatherapy…better than any scented candle out there!
I like just about any fruit pie, whether it be made with apples, berries, stone fruit, etc., but there are days I just don’t have time to make a full blown pie. On those days I like to make a rustic tart or galette, aka the lazy pie.
A rustic tart is kind of like a pie, but easier. You only need a single crust and the shape is freeform. These types of desserts are my favorite, because it takes the pressure off me to make it look perfect. It’s supposed to look a little simple and messy. That’s what makes it pretty!
I decided to try making a crust with a healthy oil that I always have on hand: coconut oil. This oil is a heart-healthy fat and makes a great alternative to shortening in baking. If you don’t have or like coconut oil, I recommend Palm Shortening, which is similar to regular shortening, but non-hydrogenated and has no trans-fats! I also used butter, which gives that flavor only butter can give. I made the crust a couple of times, experimenting the first time with half coconut oil and half Earth Balance vegan butter, and the next time with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Both turned out well, so you can choose to use either or.
Make this for your next dinner party or get together. Serve plain, with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, or with ice cream. This dessert is sure to impress your family and friends!
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