french fruit tart – it’s plum season

by Sharon Santoni

plum tart on a plate

If I had to pick one dessert that epitomises French family cooking it would probably be the fruit tart … OK the crème caramel is a classic too, but whatever …. today I picked a basketful of greengage plums from my garden, so today I am talking about the French plum tart.

plums cut up for a tart

Most of the French fruit tart recipes follow the same simple steps.  Roll out the pastry, possibly bake blind (although I didn’t today because I used filo pastry) sprinkle some sugar, lay out the slices of fruit, a little more sugar and into the oven.   Life really could not be easier.

pastry ready for a tart

Sometimes I make my own pastry, sometimes I use ready-to-roll.  Today I used filo pastry because my husband likes the very light texture.  A little butter on the base of each mould, and a touch more in between the sheets of pastry, two or three plums cut in half for each tart and twenty minutes in a hot oven.

plums cut up for a tart

In the name of research, and because I am a very professional blogger, I ate one of those little tarts while typing out this blogpost, and I may try another just to be sure … you know that I hate to recommend anything without testing it properly ….

plum tarts out of the oven

If you would like to try this recipe, then it works just as well with apples, peaches, apricots and all sort of plums, and if you can pick them directly or buy them from a farmers market then it will be even more delicious.  Bon appetit!




Emm August 31, 2015 - 5:07 pm

That looks delicious. Since I’m having Paul’s-house-in-Provence withdrawal (this is Monday, no?), I’ll just pretend that Catherine is making those tarts in the kitchen there.

Sharon Santoni August 31, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Of course Emm, I believe that Antoinette gave this recipe to Catherine 🙂


Mumbai August 31, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Can’t say more …..My mouth is watering.

Marilyn August 31, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Just the encouragement to make a plum tart, so timely! I have plums from the garden and a tart it is.

Nicola August 31, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Just popping out for some plums…

Sandra August 31, 2015 - 5:37 pm

I have some peaches that would make the most delicious little tarts. I think some sweet whipped cream and hot coffee will top off the end of the day in fine form.

Agnes Baboo August 31, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Oh jeez ! “Reine Claude” and the “sundown colored “Mirabelle” are the very best for savoring on the go, as a dessert, tarts and jams ! Quetsches aren’t bad too !!
That makes my mouth water !
On my way for a “Tarte fine aux Mirabelles” ! Thanks Sharon 🙂 🙂 🙂

Kerrie in France August 31, 2015 - 6:31 pm

I was looking for something to do with the figs from my garden, so now I know just what to make. Your tarts look delicious. Loved your short story too – more please.

Valorie August 31, 2015 - 6:31 pm

These look so delicious! Your photography is sublime, so artistic! Thank you for sharing, and yes I can see Catherine baking these tarts in the kitchen of her inherited home in France!

Vicky from Athens August 31, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Oh Sharon – so thrilled to get another of your mouth watering recipes! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks so much . . .

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon August 31, 2015 - 7:09 pm

I have gathered such delicious recipes from you. I love that they are easy yet have complex flavors.

Kate Dickerson August 31, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Beautiful…the before AND the after!!

Karena August 31, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Sharon how delicious. I just bought peaches and plums at the market, so this is perfect timing!

I have absolutely loved your new book!!
The Arts by Karena

Colleen Taylor August 31, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Sharon, just when I bought a new recumbent bike yesterday to work off some poundage, this arrives. You temptress you! I have weakness for this & it just looks so simple & delicious! X
I love your book too, it’s divine!

Jeanie August 31, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Thank you for sharing this lovely, simple recipe, Sharon. Those do look delicious! I surely do miss your story though.

Sue August 31, 2015 - 11:02 pm

love the plate you used. and the little pastries are so charming and yummy looking. great presentation…sue

Barbara Babich August 31, 2015 - 11:20 pm

Oh my word Sharon, they look so wonderfully tasty and pretty too!! Wish I was your neighbor, LOVE plums, I’m going to try to make these tarts!! Merci beaucoup from San Diego

Johanne Lamarche August 31, 2015 - 11:50 pm

Just wanted to tell you I stumbled on your My Stylish French Girlfriends book at my favorite independent little bookstore in a beach town in Delaware in the USA.(Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach, DE). They had one copy and as soon as I picked it up, I knew I would splurge and take it home. I read it cover to cover on my vacation and adored it. I felt a connection with each of the creative, and accomplished women. I have been a huge fan of the blog for some time and this book is fabulous and gorgeous in hand. Worth every penny. Congratulations! How lucky for you(and them!) to be surrounded by these talented friends!

Carol August 31, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Sharon, you have spoiled us! We want more stories! Thanks for the delicious looking recipe. ..can almost smell and taste it!

Betsy Brock September 1, 2015 - 2:56 am


Botanic Bleu September 1, 2015 - 2:59 am

Plum tarts… in France… at a sidewalk cafe… a girl can dream, can’t she?


Esther George September 1, 2015 - 7:16 am

I’ll have what Sandra’s having…. Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing delicious. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS our Magnolia Stilata is in flower it looks so pretty and the white Daffodils what can I say….it’s beginning to look a lot like Spring time…

Suzen September 2, 2015 - 1:37 am

Wow, even if these don’t taste delicious, they are absolutely gorgeous! Mmmm will try soon!

Regular plums are OK, yes? Meaning, purple and not tart ones…

Roxane September 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm

It’s turning out to be a bumper crop year for apple trees in our state and we are lucky enough to have our own McIntosh apple tree in our front yard. It has never produced so much fruit….I’m overwhelmed!! Tomorrow is a baking & freezing day for me to capture all the deliciousness and I will be making these and might even throw in a few peaches that I got from my brother-in-law’s peach tree.

noreen September 3, 2015 - 10:46 am

Sharon, those little plum tarts look so delicious and would be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee right now!

Estrella quevedo September 5, 2015 - 1:14 am

Dear Sharon: First time writing a comment .Ive been following your beautiful blog for almost two years now..You make me want to pack my bags and just go live in France. You’re Plum tart looks Divine . I think I’m going to try it this weekend.I order your book in Amazon can’t wait to get it!!!



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