Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bavarian Style Plum Galette with fig jam



The only plums that I really enjoy are Italian Prunes (really, they're a plum). I've also read that they are called Stanley Plums.  Maybe that's an East Coast thing, but here in California, they are sold as Italian Prunes.


These plums are perfect for baking-- the meat is a greenish color, firm and not full of juice. There is a very traditional Bavarian Tart that my mother taught me how to make, called Zwetschgen Datschi (Da-CHI) that my family looks for to my making for my annual Oktoberfest party.  I will be making that, along with my arsenal of Bavarian recipes in just a couple of weeks.



This particular galette (basically a free-form pie) is a super fast version of the traditional Bavarian Tart, that captures the same wonderful flavors of sugar and cinnamon.  I make an excellent pie crust, if I do say so myself. But, when it's a week night, I have no shame in thawing out a pie crust from my local Trader Joe's. The ingredients are good enough for me-- no trans fats and it's pretty darn flakey.  I don't really have a recipe to write down, because you want to sweeten the plums, according to how tart they are.



I "eyeballed" how many plums I would need to fill one pie crust. Cut the plums in half and remove the pit; then I slice the plums into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, I added about 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Let the plums sit a bit and taste them. Add a little more sugar, if they still taste a little tart for your taste buds.



I'm a big fan of King Arthur Flour's website. I bought a few of their products this summer, and the Pie Filling Enhancer was one of them. I like to use tapioca to thicken my fruit pies, but I thought I'd give this product a try-- so I added a couple of Tablespoons to the fruit.



I used my homemade fig jam, but you can also use apricot jam.



On a baking sheet with parchment paper (King Arthur sells perfectly sized half sheets for a reasonable price), spread a nice even layer, leaving a wide border where you'll be folding the crust over the plums.

Add the plums in an even layer...



Now, fold the pie dough and don't worry about it having to look perfect.-- this is a rustic tart. That gives you permission to not be so perfect!  Dot the fruit with butter-- a few pieces.


I like to make an egg wash (well beaten egg, little bit of water) and brush it on the crust-- this gives the curst a pretty golden color and some sheen. The egg wash also acts like a glue for sprinkling regular sugar or turbinado sugar-- but I have to praise another one of my favorite King Arthur Flour products-- Sparking White Sugar!  I just love this stuff!  It made my sugar cookies look pretty, and it doesn't melt. I love the crunch, too.  What do you think?  I love cinnamon, so I decided to shake some extra, for good measure. Sorry, I didn't measure-- I just eyeballed the whole thing.


Make sure that your oven is pre-heated to 350F.  Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Your kitchen will smell so good!

How fast and easy is that?!

Oh, look at that melted butter!  The Pie Filling enhancer worked great, by the way.

These plums are the best! I hope that you can find these in your area!  I also stew these in cinnamon sugar and can them for other recipes. I also freeze the plums, so that I can enjoy them long than their version short season of September-October.

 This is a family favorite, all the way back to my childhood. My brother's are going to drool when I send them a picture of this! From start to finish, you can have this dessert on a cooling rack in about 45 minutes. It's that easy!


Mutti ("mom"), this is in memory of you! Thanks for teaching me how to cook like the true Bavarian that you were!  This is outstanding! I just love this tart!

With love,





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22 comments:

bella said...

First of all Debby, I want to say how lovely the photo of your Mom is.....how precious she looks! Secondly, I think this recipe today looks just FAB and give you kudos for conguering it! And lastly, I am SO GLAD that you have joined the Cake Slice Group....we can now bake together! What fun! Many blessings, Roz

Cheryl said...

Your mom was a cutie pie! What a great dessert, I looked for figs last weekend at my farmers market so I could make the fig jam, but none were to be had!

Stacey Snacks said...

Love the photo of Mutti!

This could be my favorite dessert, but you knew this already.

The chef David Tanis from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California calls them "Stanley" plums, however, here on the east coast we call them Italian plums.
I love them!

Kate said...

Oh yummy. This looks great! You have me convinced!

Phoo-D said...

Your mother is a doll! I love King Arthur products too and will have to check out the ones you suggested!

TKW said...

Your mom looks like a feisty little thing! Love the pic!

Your galette is a stunner!

Kim said...

I love the picture of your mom! She looks to be having a wonderful time. I love all the goodies you bought from King Arthur. I want to place an order from them, but I can never decide what to get. This plum galette looks to die for :D Very tasty.

Melissa Peterman said...

This plum galette is perfection! And what lovely photos too! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Monica H said...

Your mom is too cute. I'm sure she'd be proud of you and thiis galette!

I'm going to have to jump on the plum bandwagon and make something...you know, since everyone else is doing it!

I love recipes that you don't have to measure, but you just throw together- this looks perfectly simple and amazing. As usual.

Danielle said...

everytime I see a galette I think...oooh I want to make one of those. But I never do (what a doofus I am). this look wonderful!!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I usually don't like to eat plums in baked goods. I love plums, but only out of hand. Then one day a friend of mine (who also has a German mother) gave me one of her mother's plum "cakes" which was very similar to this tart. Wow! Suddenly I was liking plum desserts very much. Hers didn't have the tasty fig jam in it though. I bet I would like it even better.

I've seen them called "prunes", but I've also seen a few other names for them although none of them come to mind.

That's such a great photo. You can tell what a great character she is!

Kerstin said...

What a gorgeous galette, and the fig jam sounds like it compliments the plums so well!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Mutti is such a cutie! I'm ready for a slice of this with a nice hot cup of coffee. You did Mutti proud.

Judy said...

I love Italian prune plums. This dessert looks wicked good. You mom was lovely.

Velva said...

What a great mom photo! Cheers to your mom!
The plum galette looks absolutely fabulous. Love it!

Me! said...

Making an apple version today.... looks great!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

The perfect autumn dessert! How absolutely beautiful! I have become a big fan of galettes and crostatas recently. Why bother with two crusts, when the rustic look is so appealing?

Claudia said...

Your recipe is outstanding! As usual, I'm going to use what I have on hand, so it will be a Guava Galette with Passion fruit marmalade.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What a sweet photo of your mom. This galette looks lovely too and I know how to use up some of my fig jam now.

Debinhawaii said...

Such a gorgeous tart--especially with that fig jam.

Cathy said...

Yummmm, what a scrumptious galette. Spreading the dough with a layer of fig jam is a wonderful idea.

Your mom's photo is so sweet. My son calls me "Mutti" and I just love the term.

Susan said...

Dass schmeck gut!! Danke Mutti!! I am loving all the products you are buying from King Arthur. I will be placing an order this fall.