Sunday, February 21, 2010

Plum Pastries

For me, Sunday is reserved for grocery shopping and leisurely fumbling around in the kitchen. I consider it my version of meditation. It conveniently coincides with the marathon of Sports Center that happens to take over my living room every week, so everybody wins. As I was strolling down the produce aisle today, sipping on my Starbuck's and searching for inspiration, something caught my eye. At the end of the case was a basket, humbly displaying a handmade sign that read "Lemon Tree Plums". Instantly, I was intrigued. The shape was reminiscent of a lemon. The color was vibrantly yellow and faded to a subtle pink at the strangely pointed end. As soon as I got home from the store, the apron went on. I started with puff pastry sheets that I cut into rectangles. Using the back of my knife, I scored a line around the pastry which would help the outside edges puff up more than the center. Inside the marks from my knife, I spread a spoonful of fredonia grape jelly and then layered slices of the yellow plums. After brushing the edges with egg wash, I baked the pastries in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. The outcome was absolutely gorgeous! The yellow plums popped against the raspberry hue of the jelly. Served hot with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of creme fraiche, these flaky delights were just what the doctor ordered to cure my sorrows of the preceding week.

*Many thanks to Katrina for the delicious grape jelly!


  1. Lemon tree plums? How evocative! The photos draw me in for taste and smell. Lovely juicy post. Many thanks for the appreciative visit.

  2. these look lovely. I also like to eat fruit tarts while they are still warm.

  3. Wow, all I can say is yummy yummy!!!