Plum Galette

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With a flaky, buttery crust folded over juicy plums, this rustic plum galette makes a lovely summer dessert.

Whether you call it a rustic plum tart (American), a plum galette (French), or a crostata (Italian), you’re going to love this easy summer dessert. With a crackly pastry crust folded over a filling of luscious purple plums, it’s essentially a free-form pie baked on a sheet pan – and it has a deliciously high crust-to-fruit ratio.

If you’re intimidated by making your own crust, don’t be! My all-butter galette crust is not only easy to make, but is also very forgiving and comes together in less than one minute in a food processor. It makes a fabulous base for any fruit galette. (Although if you have crust lovers in your house like I do, beware of late-night snackers who steal the pleated crust and leave you with only the center of the galette.)

What You’ll Need To Make a Plum Galette

Plum Galette Ingredients

As you can see, the ingredients for this plum galette are very basic, which allows the flavor of the plums to shine. Don’t be tempted to load up the tart with extra plums — stone fruits give off a ton of juice, which can leak from the tart and make a mess of the crust and your pan.

The purpose of the almonds is twofold: they add flavor and also help absorb some of those plum juices.

How To Make A Plum Galette

Step 1: Chop the Almonds

finely chopped almonds

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almonds until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Transfer the almonds to a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Galette Dough

flour, sugar, and salt in crust

To the bowl of the food processor (no need to clean it), add the flour, salt and sugar. Pulse briefly to combine, then add the cold butter.

adding butter to flour mixture

Process just until the butter is the size of peas, about 5 seconds.

butter mixed into flour

Sprinkle the cold water over the mixture and process until just moistened and very crumbly, about 5 seconds.

crumbly galette dough

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface.

crumbly dough on counter

Knead the dough a few times, just until it comes together into a cohesive ball, then pat the dough into a disk.

patting dough into a disc

Flour your work surface again and dust the dough with flour, as well. Using a rolling pin, roll into a circle 8 to 10 inches in diameter, turning and adding more flour as necessary so the dough doesn’t stick. Transfer the dough to the parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the plums (you’ll roll the dough out further on the parchment paper so go ahead and clean your work surface).

rolling dough into a circle

Step 3: Prep the Plums & Assemble the Galette

sliced plums

Cut the plums into 1/4-in-thick slices; set aside.

Take the dough from the fridge and slide the parchment paper onto the countertop. Roll the dough, directly on the parchment paper, into a 13-in circle about 1/8-in thick. It’s fine if the edges are a little ragged.

rolling galette dough on parchment

Place the parchment and dough back on the baking sheet – the dough will run up the lip of the sheet slightly.

dough in pan

Sprinkle the flour evenly over the pastry, leaving a 1-in border. Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly over the flour, followed by 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar.

flour, almonds, and sugar sprinkled over dough

Arrange the plum slices on top in overlapping concentric circles to within about 2-1/2 in of the edge. Don’t worry about making it look perfect; it doesn’t make much difference in the end and you don’t want the dough to get too warm.

plums arranged in overlapping pattern over dough

Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup sugar over the plums. Fold the edges of the dough over the plums in a free-form fashion, working your way around and creating pleats as you go. Patch up any tears by pinching a bit of dough from the edge.

Using a pastry brush, brush the pleated dough evenly with the beaten egg. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the top of the crust. Chill the assembled galette in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

assembled galette ready to bake

Step 5: Bake

While the galette chills, preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the center position.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the plums are tender and the crust is golden brown. (It’s okay if some of the juices leak from the tart onto the pan. The juices will burn on the pan but the galette should be fine — just scrape any burnt bits away from the galette once it’s baked.) Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool.

While the galette cools, make the optional glaze. Place the apricot jam in a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave until bubbling, 10 to 20 seconds. Using a pastry brush, brush the plums with the jam until glistening.

brushing apricot glaze over baked galette

Use two large spatulas to transfer the galette to a serving plate or cutting board. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. The galette is best served on the day it is made, but leftovers will keep nicely, loosely covered on the countertop, for a few days.

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Plum Galette

With a flaky, buttery crust folded over juicy plums, this rustic plum galette makes a lovely summer dessert.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes, plus 20 minutes to chill

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup very cold water

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 lb plums (3 to 4, depending on size)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado or coarse sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, best quality (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almonds until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Transfer the almonds to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Make the crust: To the bowl of the food processor (no need to clean it), add the flour, salt and sugar. Pulse briefly to combine. Add the cold butter and process just until the butter is the size of peas, about 5 seconds. Sprinkle the cold water over the mixture and process until just moistened and very crumbly, about 5 seconds.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times, just until it comes together into a cohesive ball. Pat the dough into a disk. Flour your work surface again and dust the dough with flour, as well. Using a rolling pin, roll into a circle 8 to 10 inches in diameter, turning and adding more flour as necessary so the dough doesn’t stick. Transfer the dough to the parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the plums (you’ll roll the dough out further on the parchment paper so go ahead and clean your work surface).
  5. Assemble the galette: Cut the plums into 1/4-in-thick slices. Take the dough from the fridge and slide the parchment paper onto the countertop. Roll the dough, directly on the parchment paper, into a 13-in circle about 1/8-in thick. It’s fine if the edges are a little ragged. Place the parchment and dough back on the baking sheet – the dough will run up the lip of the sheet slightly.
  6. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the pastry, leaving a 1-in border. Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly over the flour, followed by 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar. Arrange the plum slices on top in overlapping concentric circles to within about 2-1/2 in of the edge. Don’t worry about making it look perfect; it doesn’t make much difference in the end and you don’t want the dough to get too warm. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup sugar over the plums.
  7. Fold the edges of the dough over the plums in a free-form fashion, working your way around and creating pleats as you go. Patch up any tears by pinching a bit of dough from the edge.
  8. Using a pastry brush, brush the pleated dough evenly with the beaten egg. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the top of the crust. Chill the assembled galette in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the center position.
  10. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the plums are tender and the crust is golden brown. (It’s okay if some of the juices leak from the tart onto the pan. The juices will burn on the pan but the galette should be fine -- just scrape any burnt bits away from the galette once it’s baked.) Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool.
  11. While the galette cools, make the optional glaze. Place the apricot jam in a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave until bubbling, 10 to 20 seconds. Using a pastry brush, brush the plums with the jam until glistening.
  12. Use two large spatulas to transfer the galette to a serving plate or cutting board. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. The galette is best served on the day it is made, but leftovers will keep nicely, loosely covered on the countertop, for a few days.
  13. Make-Ahead Instructions: The dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until pliable before rolling.
  14. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The assembled tart may be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place the baking sheet in the freezer until the tart is frozen, then wrap tightly. Bake directly from the freezer. (It may take a few extra minutes to bake from frozen.)

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 399
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 158 mg
  • Cholesterol: 66 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • This was AMAZING. My plums were quite sour but it still tasted very good. I bet it would be even better with plums that were more ripe. I think it would take a novice baker a few tries to get it because you have to work fast before the butter melts.

    • — Andreea Peterson on August 21, 2019
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  • I made this as a trial run for a luncheon that I am hosting – my husband said its the best tart he has ever tasted – I corrected him and said it’s a “Galette”! Its absolutely delicious and the recipe is perfect. I have already made another for the luncheon and plan on making a third to keep in my freezer for Thanksgiving! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • — Leslee on August 19, 2019
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  • Made this last night for company. It was a huge hit and people asked for the recipe. The crust is to die for! I don’t do a lot of baking and appreciate your instructions, just the right amount of detail.

    • — Jeri Jo Brokaw on August 18, 2019
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  • I made this last night as a trial run for a dinner party. It was delicious and mine looked just like the pictures. I can’t wait to bake it again for my friends!

    • — Ruth on August 17, 2019
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    • I made this for our Sunday dinner this evening and it was fabulous! It also looks gorgeous. Not a crumb left on the plate. Thanks for this incredible website.

      • — Laura Kargov on August 18, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,

    This looks lovely (and everything we’ve ever tried from this site has been wonderful!) My in-laws have an Italian prune plum tree and they always give us a bucket of fruit. Would these work as a substitution for the round plums?

    My mouth is watering thinking about such a fun dessert!
    Best regards,
    Maryalice

    • — Maryalice O'Brian on August 15, 2019
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    • Sure, Maryalice, I think they will work. Please LMK how it turns out! 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 16, 2019
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  • Could you substitute oatmeal for the almonds? My family won’t even touch food with nuts in it and I have a nephew allergic to tree nuts>.

    • — Judy on August 15, 2019
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    • Yes, Judy, I think oatmeal would work here. I’d grind it up just a bit in the food processor first though. You could also just omit the almonds and add up about one additional tablespoon of flour. Hope that helps and that everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on August 16, 2019
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  • Could you make this with peaches or would they be too juicy?

    • — Anna on August 15, 2019
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    • Hi Anna, I think it would work but there’s always some trial and error when swapping fruit; you may need more or less sugar.

      • — Jenn on August 15, 2019
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      • What about pears? We just harvested some off our tree and I thought maybe they could work here.

        • — Turtle on August 15, 2019
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        • Hi Turtle, I would use my rustic apple tart recipe for pears; it’s very similar to this one but calls for more fruit and a bit less sugar.

          • — Jenn on August 15, 2019
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