This classic French dessert (a buttery upside-down pie), is traditionally made with apples. Our version trades in ripe plums, orange zest and spices for a summer twist.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar and the salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut or rub 1/2 cup butter into flour until the pieces are the size of small peas. In a small bowl combine egg and the cold water. Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once and stir together with a fork. Form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

  • In a 10-inch heavy, oven-going skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add orange zest, anise, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Sprinkle most of the 2/3 cup sugar into the skillet. Arrange plums cut-side-down in pan. (Don't worry if they don't lie perfectly flat.) Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes or until plums are tender and juices are thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry out into a 10- to 11-inch circle. Transfer pastry to skillet and tuck edge down around plums. Cut 2 to 3 slits in top. Bake in a 400° oven for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Place a large platter over skillet. Using hot pads or kitchen towel, invert tart onto platter. Scrape anything remaining in skillet onto tart. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

438 calories; fat 24g; cholesterol 90mg; saturated fat 15g; carbohydrates 53g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 32g; protein 5g; vitamin a 1178.9IU; vitamin c 11.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 57.6mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 298mg; potassium 234mg; calcium 31mg; iron 1.6mg.