While I’m not totally freaked out by the idea of making pie from scratch (Callie helped demystify it here and showed us how to decorate it here), let’s just say that it still feels like a big production for me. One that I’d attempt when I have a long, lazy Sunday afternoon ahead of me, or maybe for Thanksgiving. But what about those times when I’m inviting friends for dinner and already juggling multiple dishes, or when the kids want a sweet treat on a Friday night? This Plum, Ginger and Thyme tart is for those occasions, and when I made it for our Friendsgiving Feast last week (stay tuned), it was pretty funny how everyone assumed it was a “complicated” dessert. And of course, I was totally fine with letting them believe it. Keep reading to see how quickly this delicious tart comes together.
*photos by Ashleigh Amoroso
Store-bought frozen puff pastry dough is magical stuff. It puffs up into a flaky, golden crust and always looks fancier than it actually is. If you can get your hands on one that’s labeled “all butter,” the extra expense is totally worth it… but otherwise, good old Pillsbury works just fine.
I love the fall feel of a plum, blackberry, and thyme combination, but feel free to sub in whatever fruit you’d like. Apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, and pears would all work beautifully here, and of course the preserves flavor of your choice could be used in place of the ginger (though it’s soooo good.)
I like to slice up the fruit thinly, and layering it in this scalloped design makes for an extra pretty presentation. Leave a few thyme sprigs whole for a rustic vibe.
Slice it up, then serve with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream. I really love this while it’s still warm out of the oven, but if you do want to make it in advance, it works really well to slide it back onto the sheet pan then rewarm on the bottom rack of a 300 degree oven for a few minutes to help the crust stay crispy.
Hope y’all kickoff the season by giving this one a try – and of course, let me know in the comments what you think!