Plum & Port Whole Wheat Tart

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I think one of the basics you need up your kitchen sleeves is a good tart dough.  If you have a savoury one and a sweet one, you’re good to go.  Well, when I was thinking about making my first dinner as part of Vegan MoFo, I knew I needed a vegan sweet tart dough, and so turned to my favourite crust of all time: Clotilde’s Easy Olive Oil Tart Crust (from her blog, Chocolate & Zucchini).

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Clotilde mentioned the possibility of using this as a sweet crust, by halving the flour and adding a bit of sugar.  Well, in vegan fashion I tried it with maple syrup, and it was a grand success!   And quite filling — I use 100% whole wheat flour whenever I can, and it works wonderfully in this recipe too.

But of course, a tart is not just about the crust. I had picked up some Italian prune plums from a local farmer’s market last week, planning on a summery cake, but yesterday got really cold around these parts.  Sweater weather, in fact.  So when I saw this recipe for a Rustic Plum and Port Tart from Bon Appetit, I knew it would be perfect for the chilly beginning-of-Fall night we had yesterday.

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The tart was declared a “bold” dessert.  And I love it.

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Plum and Port Whole Wheat Tart
Adapted from Chocolate & Zucchini’s Easy Olive Oil Tart Crust and Bon Appetit’s Rustic Plum & Port Tart, Makes 1 23cm (9″) tart

Whole Wheat Tart Crust

  • 250 g (2 c.) whole wheat flour
  • 2g (1/2 tsp.) sea salt
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp.) maple syrup
  • 60 ml (1/4 c.) olive oil
  • 120 ml (1/2 c.) cold water

Plum & Port Filling

  • 500 ml (2 c.) port
  • 120 ml (1/2 c.) maple syrup
  • 1g (1/4 tsp.) ground allspice
  • 5ml (1 tsp.) vanilla extract
  • 650g (about 20) Italian prune plums (or 5-6 regular plums)
  • 8g (1 Tbsp.) whole wheat flour
Lightly grease the bottom and sides of your tart pan with coconut oil or olive oil.

In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt with a fork.  Add the oil and maple syrup, and mix well.  Add the water, and mix with your hands until the dough forms a ball.

Flour your work surface lightly, and place your ball of dough onto your work surface.  Roll out the dough using a rolling pin into a circle 8cm (3″) larger in diameter than your tart pan (so that you’ll have an overlap of 4cm (1.5″) to fold over once your filling is inside).  Carefully place your dough circle into the pan, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375F.

While the dough is resting in the fridge, prepare your filling: in a pot on the stove, bring port, maple syrup, allspice, and vanilla to a boil.  Keep boiling until the mixture has reduced to about 167 ml (2/3 c.), about 10-15 minutes.

Halve your plums, and remove the pits.  Then halve them again (so you have quartered & pitted plums).  Place the plums in a large bowl, sprinkle with the whole wheat flour, and toss to coat the plums with flour.  Pour half of the port syrup over your plums, and toss gently.  Set the remaining port syrup aside for later.

Once your dough has finished resting, take the tart pan out of the fridge, and begin to layer your plums in concentric circles, starting from the outside.

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Fold over your extra dough to cover the outside edge of the plums to make a border:
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Bake the tart at 375F for 45 minutes, until the tart crust is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack before removing the tart ring, then slicing and serving.

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Serve the tart warm along with the remaining syrup.

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14 Comments on “Plum & Port Whole Wheat Tart”

  1. October 2, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Gorgeous tart. I’ve been buying lots of plums recently. This recipe is going on my list of items to make. Thanks for sharing.

    • October 2, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      Happy to — it was definitely too tasty not to share!! :)

  2. October 2, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    That tart is a thing of beauty – it looks like a lotus flower. bet it tastes delicious too!
    Now I want tart…lol.

  3. Seana
    October 2, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This looks absolutely divine! I am going to give it a trial run at home this week and if all goes well, quite possibly have this as my alternate dessert for Thanksgiving!

    • October 2, 2011 at 11:30 am #

      Do it! It would be a totally perfect Thanksgiving tart!!!

      And if you want to go ‘rustic’, just throw the fruit in the bottom and fold over the edges and it will still be beautiful and delicious!

  4. October 2, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to hold a vegan dinner party and invite everyone over, just so I could serve that for dessert!

  5. October 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Oh, wow. Plums aren’t in season here, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe to try next summer.

  6. October 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    You arranged the plum slices so beautifully! Gorgeous.

  7. October 3, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    wonderful tart – I had olive oil pastry bookmarked to try for pies I made on the weekend but then I decided to use hot water pastry that I have used a few times before – now I want to try this one – preferrably with plums and port – though unfortunately it not plum season here!

    • October 3, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      Is it pear season there? I think pears and port would be divine!

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