-CREAM CHEESE DOUGH-
1/2 c Cream cheese; cold, cut in
1/2 c Butter; cold, cut into
1/2 c Flour
4 Elephant heart plums; skins
3 tb Granulated sugar
1/8 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 c Creme fraiche
1 Egg; beaten
Confectioners’ sugar; for
1/4 c Simple syrup; (equal parts
; water and sugar
; heated until the
; sugar is dissolved)
1/4 c Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 ts Rosemary leaves
-MAPLE MASCARPONE CREAM-
1 1/2 c Mascarpone cream
1/2 c Heavy cream
1/3 c Maple syrup
Make the tart shells: In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter,
and flour until it just comes together. (There should still be streaks of
cream cheese.) Remove the dough from the bowl, pat into a disc, cover with
plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll out the dough into
1/8-inch thickness and cut into 6 (3-inch circles). Refrigerate on a
parchment-lined sheet pan for 15 minutes.
Make the filling: Dice 2 of the plums and toss together with 2 tablespoons
of the granulated sugar, the cinnamon, and creme fraiche.
Assemble the tarts: Brush the dough lightly with the beaten egg and spoon a
generous tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle. Lift up
the edges of the tart and pinch 3 points of the tart about halfway to the
filling to form the sides of the crust. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brush
the edges of the crust with egg and sprinkle lightly with the remaining 1
tablespoon granulated sugar. Pinch the dough again to make sure it is
tightly sealed and freeze for 10 minutes. Remove the tarts from the freezer
and immediately bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden
brown. Let cool slightly and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Make the compote: Dice the remaining 2 plums and toss with simple syrup,
lemon juice, and rosemary. Warm over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until
the plums are tender.
Make the Maple Mascarpone Cream: Whip the Mascarpone and heavy cream
together until medium stiff peaks form. Add the maple syrup and whisk
together until smooth.
Plate the tarts: Place 1 spoonful of plum compote in the center of each
plate. Place a tart in the center of each plate and spoon some of the Maple
Mascarpone Cream around the tart.
Yield: 6 tarts