Friday, March 13, 2009
You Want Pies with That - March
This month all the You Want Pies With That players are posting on the same day - that is meant to be tomorrow 14 March, so I hope I don’t get told off for posting a day early. But, tomorrow we have got a wedding to go to. My husband is the best man and I’m just not sure when I will get the time to post, so I thought I would just do it now and hopefully no-one will notice!
This month’s theme is a pie using herbs or spices which was chosen by Elizabeth from Cake or Death. A spice which I think you either love or hate, is cardamom. I love it and I also love it combined with plums which are currently in season here, it being late Summer, early Autumn. So, after much deliberating on my pie, I decided to make these individual cardamom and plum tarts.
They are actually kind of like cheat’s tarts, as they are so easy to make. All you do is make a dough (which turns out a bit softer than a crisp tart base), press the dough into tart tins (I used 6 individual 8cm tart tins, but you could do one big tart – square shaped would be nice), then push your plums into the tart dough, sprinkle with sugar and bake. The sugar nicely caramelises the plums and the baking powder in the tart dough helps the dough to rise nicely round the plums.
These are such easy tarts and would be great for a dinner party as they look lovely, are very quick and easy and taste great with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice-cream. I bet there will be heaps of creative tarts, so check them out here.
Plum and Cardamom Tarts
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cardamom
90g cold butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp water
3 halved plums (or more if you are making a large tart)
75g sugar, extra
· Combine first measure of sugar, flour, baking powder and cardamom in a food processor, then add butter in chunks and pulse until the mixture becomes breadcrumb like.
· Add egg mixture and pulse until the dough starts to come together
· Tip onto bench and gently bring together
· Press the dough into oil sprayed tart tins
· Place a plum half in each tin, cut side up and sprinkle with the remaining sugar
Bake at 180c for 30-40 minutes until golden and the plums are caramelised.