When my husband and I were first dating, his least favorite season was fall. I was astounded at that revelation and it was almost a deal breaker for me. How can anyone dislike a season that gives you a reprieve from summer’s endless heat and brings a renewal to the comforts of home?
My time at home begins when my summer ends. The cooler weather and shortened days cause me to find my spot on the sofa to enjoy a cup of warm tea while I watch new episodes of my favorite shows. I feel more compelled to spend time in front of the stove to make my favorite comfort foods like mac n’ cheese or bake an apple crisp.
There is something about the cold temperatures that makes me crave those heavy one pot meals served with some good dialogue amongst family.
Then there is dessert in the fall. It’s always a lovely pie-like dish filled with the season’s pickings such as apples, plums, or pumpkin. To have each of those flavors wrapped in a warm, flakey crust compels me to swap stories with a good friend. You just have to share a slice of pie with someone. I always found a pie to be the perfect foundation for great conversation.
To be honest, I’ve never made pie crust from scratch. This plum tart was always my go to for a lovely fall dessert. It’s easy and looks like something out of a French pastry shop. The wonderful thing about it is that you can substitute the plums for apples.
- 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 medium plums* or 7 small plums, pitted and sliced
- Preheat oven to 400º degrees F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Unfold your puff pastry sheet and place onto covered rimmed baking sheet.
- Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of sugar on the edge of the puff pastry sheet to create a 1/4″ sugared border. Lay sliced plums overlapping in single rows within border.
- Sprinkle plums with the remaining sugar. Bake for 20 minutes until puff pastry is golden brown. Transfer tart to a serving dish. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
*If you use apples, it’s best to peel, core, and slice apples for this dessert. Then add a 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the sugar for that apple pie taste.
With the cooler, brisk days in the forecast, you’ll find yourself retreating back to the place you call home. Enjoy the time indoors to make your favorite foods. Maybe this delicious tart will be one of those favorites.
Let me know so you and I can chat together over a slice of pie.