Baking | Plum Tart with Walnut Frangipane … on my list to do before summer went!

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?”
Logan Pearsall Smith

Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneSome days are good while others not so. Generally days which begin with successfully seeing the kids off to school in the morning are good ones {meaning no nonsensical arguments at the crack of dawn, uniforms located in time, and the bus boarded on the stop and not being chased by a car of ‘see we missed the bus again’ teens}! On one such good day I made it this Plum Tart with Walnut Frangipane!Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneFruit in season must be the biggest thrill of my life. I am a locavore to the core. Fresh produce makes my heart sing. This has been a good summer, a season flooded with stone fruit. {Did I tell you that I’ve switched over to raw sugar in my baking? If you live in India, do see if you can get bhura or khand at your local grocer.}Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneI love baking with plums because they turn into a beautiful deep red once baked. One thing I HAD to do this season was to bake with plums. I’ve done loads of cherries and peaches this year, but no stand alone plum bake! I still have a few recipes bookmarked yet something different played in my mind when I entered the kitchen that day…Plum Tart with Walnut Frangipane

Plum Tart with Walnut Frangipane the result was this tart! I love substituting plain flour with a little bit of something more healthy, maybe a nut meal or cornmeal, maybe buckwheat flour … then wait with fingers crossed hoping that it doesn’t fall to bits! Whichever way it goes, I know that the family will sit and enjoy the bits even if it fails, scooping the crumbs up etc! That alone keeps me ticking!Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneSomethings  happened to my time management. There’s never enough in a day so the tart happened over two days. Baked the shell and made the frangipane on day one’ Happily enough, the next morning was a breeze. Dropped the kids off to the bus, raced back home and within 20 minutes I had a tart baking in the oven! Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneI love baking with frangipane. Do you?

Frangipane, sometimes spelled frangipani, is similar to a pastry cream, and some may refer to it as specifically an almond pastry cream. Actually, frangipane can be any cream or custard-like substance with nuts. What makes it different from the average pastry cream is that it is often used as a filling in pies and is baked. This results in a very different crusty exterior to pies or tarts, and is a quite rich and delicious alternative to standard fruit pies.

Have baked loads with it, both free form and in a tart tin – pears, figs, fig and buckwheat,  strawberries, plum, even a plum frangipane clafoutis, but the frangipane has always been an almond based one. This time around I went the walnut way just because I had a stash of walnuts from my last trip to Old Delhi. I added some walnuts to the base too, hence the dark colour.Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneThe shell wasn’t a very ‘crisp to bite’ one and thankfully it wasn’t very crumbly which was my biggest concern. It’s a rich shortcrust like base, and compliments the frangipane well. The plums were tart as Indian plums usually are so the extra sugar on top. Use firm ripe plums so that they hold shape. Paint them with slightly warm honey or apricot jam and they glisten.Plum Tart with Walnut FrangipaneDon’t be tempted to cut the tart while very warm as it might crumble. Give it some time to firm up, an hour maybe if the weather is warm. We like our pies and tarts cold in summer, so ours was popped into the fridge for a couple of hours. Best enjoyed with a drizzle of unsweetened low fat cream IMHO, though great without too as the teens declared {both quite diet conscious now}.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. loved the yummmm tart….and now enjoyed reading the story behind it…

    lady you rock!!!
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  2. it looks very yummy!
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  3. Love that base and the tart looks so gorgeous and colorful
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  4. woww.. just gorgeous!! love everything about it… the plums.. am liking the sound of raw sugar.. do you substitute in the ratio of 1:1??? and of course the crust with the healthier alternative added.. this is brilliant!!

  5. oops.. i think my last comment got lost somewhere… but this is such a beautiful tart.. love eevrything abou it.. the plums… the raw sugar… thats really interesting… do you substitute it to the ratio of 1:1?? and that tart shell with the healthier substitutes… just brilliant!!
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    • TY Sarvani. Yes I do, but sometimes I reduce the raw sugar a wee bit to see if it works. Usually does. I think taste-buds keep adjusting.

  6. this tart looks so beautiful and yummy. And I loved the walnut frandepane filling
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  7. Lucky to have tasted this one. It was yumm. The pictures are making me want it again. May be I bake it very soon.
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  8. Delicious, beautiful, and very “make me soon ” :)
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  9. Ooooh, I love frangipane with plums, but it is fantastic made with walnuts!
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  10. A wonderful tart! That is one of my favorite fruits. That walnut frangipane must be a great addition.



  11. beautiful as always
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  12. Madhuli says:

    The tart looks so colouful and good. Love the chopping board and the tart pan.Photos are tempting as usual :)
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  13. What an exquisite plum tart! The plums sparkle atop the walnut frangipane. A stellar dessert!

  14. simran kamath says:

    delicious!!!!!!!!!!the tart looks awesome… I’m going to go hunting for some plums..this tart is just begging to be tried!

  15. your pics tempt me again, thank God i have some plums somewhere in the fridge so this shall be my indulgent iftar tonite1
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  16. Oh yes, the best days are when baking successfully happens – and first thing in the morning – no happier feeling! A bake turned out not-so-good also means an irritable me :)

    Am not much of a fruit in bakes person, but your frangipane tarts always makes me want to taste them. Lovely!

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  18. Hey Deeba, One of my all time favorites is a plum tart. I can’t recall when did I have it last?! Your walnut pastry cream is a nice twist to the almond one and thanks for teh explanation about frangipane. Missing you lady and happy we caught up somewhat!

  19. As far as I’m concern, you are the queen of fruit desserts. No matter if it’s a cake, a tart or another form of sweet baking, you always brings out the seasonal best. Brava!
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  20. Another absolutely gorgeous tart. You are the queen of stone fruit baking!
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  21. Sharanya says:

    wow…lip smacking !!

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  22. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I am in love with this tart. I am crazy for plums and have bee dying to bake with them but they are just showing up on our markets now. And you have inspired me once again! No walnuts in our house (thanks to mister) but with an almond frangipane this will be just as good! xo
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  23. I wish we were neighbors. Seriously. That looks amazingly delicious!
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  24. Hi Deeba,
    Fresh produce makes my heart sing too. My family dont understand the excitement I have when I go to the market. Nice to know Im not alone.
    Your tart looks very sexy with the red plums. Summer will be here soon for us and I cant wait to try this recipe.
    Thank you for sharing.
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