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Monday, 8 March 2010

Plum Tarts and Potato Chowder

I skipped the sewing today and went for the cooking instead. Sainsbury's had plums on sale, so there I was, stuck with two punnets of plums and I dont even like them that much! Cue for plum tart recipe that I kept for unknown reasons. They were AMAZING! So this is what you need:
  • 200gr (7 oz) plain flour
  • 100gr (3 1/2 oz)unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 8 ripe plums
  • 50 gr (2 oz) chopped nuts
  • the zest of half an orange or lemon
  • 1 egg white
  1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas 7, 220C, fan 200C.
  2. Place the flour in a bowl, add butter, and rub it into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in one tablespoon of the sugar and the cinnamon.
  4. Then add 3 tablespoons of cold water and mix to a soft dough.
  5. Turn out onto a well-floured work surface and shape into a ball.
  6. Cut into 6 equal parts. Roll out each piece into a circle with a 14cm (ca 6") diameter.
  7. Cut the plums in half, remove the stones, and cut each half into 3 slices.
  8. Place in a bowl and toss with the remaining sugar, nuts, and zest.
  9. Divide filling between each pastry circle, piling it into the centre.
  10. Gather 1.5cm (3/4") of the pastry edge up over the plum filling, pinching it around to make a rim.
  11. Brush the pastry edge with with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar.
  12. Bake for 15 mins until golden brown and crisp.
(originally found in Tesco Magazine)

And this is the result:



I also made lunch for tomorrow: potato chowder. It's sooo yummy! I got the recipe from
Allrecipes and it can be found here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Potato-Chowder/Detail.aspx. It came out really nice :)


Now I have to watch the latest episode of House :)

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