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Plum Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream

Posted on January 13, 2010 by in baked goods

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The Tarte Tatin, legend has it, was invented by mistake when a woman by the name of Stéphanie Tatin started to make an ordinary apple pie to serve to their guests in the Hotel Tatin. She left the apples, butter and the sugar on the stove for too long and it started to burn.
Plum Tarte Tatin. She wanted to cover up her mistake and placed the pastry lid on the “burning apples” and proceeded to place the whole pan in the oven. When she turned the pie upside down after baking she was pleasantly surprised and served it to her guests who were ecstatic about this new dessert. So, the Tarte Tatin was born and today it is such a classic dessert enjoyed by so many people.

I do however think that Stéphanie Tatin will make tumbles in her grave, because although the original recipe asked for firm dessert apples, cooks around the world make all kinds of tarte tatins these days, even caramelized onion features on occasion.

I have made A Tomato Tarte Tatin  and an Apple TarteTatin before, but this time round I wanted to use some of the delicious plums I had in my fruit basket. The plums were slightly tart so I had to use quite a bit of sugar and for some added flavor I used a star anise and some cinnamon. In my mind I had visions of melted ice-cream on top of a slice of this tarte tatin and I knew that it had to be a special ice-cream….something fragrant and mysterious…… and I found it on one of my  favorite sites…Tartelette!!!!  The dessert was heavenly and everything I had hoped it would be, so please go ahead and try it and if plums are not your thing, try a different fruit or even a vegetable….it’s a breeze to make!! I  made up this recipe as I went along, but it worked so here goes…

plum tarte tatin


Plum Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream
500gr plums – halved, stoned and cut into even slices
1/2 tsp fine cinnamon
1 star anise 3/4 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 roll puff pastry

Heat a oven-proof skillet on the stove and add the sugar, butter and spices to the skillet. Slowly melt the sugar and butter and then wait for it to start caramelizing(watch it all the burns quickly) Now place your plum slices in a single layer in this caramel( make a circular pattern if you wish or keep it rustic). Cool slightly while preparing your pastry. I used a good quality puff pastry, but you sre welcome to make your own…. Simply roll out to about 5mm thick, cut a disc slightly larger than your pan and lay it on the caramelized plums, tuck in around the edge. Egg wash and bake until golden and bubbly. Place a plate over the pan and turn the pan upside down to release the Tarte Tatin.

Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream – Recipe used from my favorite blog Tartelette


4 egg yolks
2 cups cream
4 oz caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cardamom pods, broken in half

In a large glass bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick, add the vanilla.
In a pot on medium heat, bring the cream and cardamom pods to boiling point but do not let it boil.
Bit by bit pour the hot cream onto the egg yolks mixture and stir to combine. Pour the  mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cream coats the back of spoon.
Let cool completely, strain the cardamom pods and refrigerate until cold. Process the custard according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions.

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22 Responses to “Plum Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream”

  1. Kate 13 January 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Your tarte sounds and looks delicious – real comfort food!

    Thanks for entering SHF #61 🙂

  2. Bellini Valli 13 January 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    It sounds heavenly to me Nina and reminds me of summer-ripened plums.

  3. Elra 13 January 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Oh my, what a wonderful idea Nina. I love plum, but it is hard to find it now here in the US. In summer will be plenty, so I'll keep this in mind.

  4. Koek! 13 January 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Nina, I want to be alone with that tart in a dark cupboard…

  5. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 13 January 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I love cardamom ice cream! So yummy – too bad my husband doesn't like cardamom! 🙁

    But I bet it goes perfectly with the plums in your tart tatin!

  6. E 13 January 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Oh, that tarte looks good and I LOVE cardamom ice cream. Thanks for the recipes!

  7. My Carolina Kitchen 14 January 2010 at 12:12 am #

    What a gorgeous tart tatin. I've only seen it made with apples Julia Child style. I'm not familiar with cardamon ice cream. Sounds yummy.

  8. Pam 14 January 2010 at 1:05 am #

    You are killing me with these tarts…the ice cream looks amazing too.

  9. Helene 14 January 2010 at 1:14 am #

    You always amaze me with your pictures. This looks delicious.

  10. Cynthia 14 January 2010 at 1:48 am #

    Oh Nina, Nina, Nina…. that's all I can say right now 🙂

  11. ♥peachkins♥ 14 January 2010 at 2:24 am #

    now, that is mouthwatering!

  12. Jan 14 January 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    That looks soooo good! I never go mad on desserts but this looks amazing. Nina your pictures are fantastic as always!

  13. elly 14 January 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    It's no secret that I LOVE plums so I would love this tarte tatin for sure. The ice cream flavor sounds like a perfect complement, too. I love cardamom. Mmm.

  14. myfrenchkitchen 14 January 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Your tatin looks so mouthwatering Nina, everything it should be! And you are right in plumseason…I'll remeber this tatin when we get there…soon!!
    have a wonderful 2010!

  15. Junglefrog 15 January 2010 at 12:45 am #

    See I learn something new everyday! I didn't know this about tarte tatin, so thanks for that bit of historic background. In the meantime tat tartin of yours looks just like heaven! Gorgeous!

  16. Lori Lynn 15 January 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Looks fabulous. Plum Tarte Tatin was one of the first recipes I posted on my blog. And it took 5 posts because I didn't know how to work blogger. We've come a long way…

    The ice cream sounds terrific with yours too.

  17. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 16 January 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I'm sure Stephanie would love your version as well 🙂 How delicious!

  18. Kevin 20 January 2010 at 5:00 am #

    That tatin is looking really good!

  19. Jeanne @ 20 January 2010 at 10:58 am #

    I feel comforted already – and just look at the colour!! Cardamom is my favourite spice with fruit.

    I have also made a yellow pepper tarte tatin that worled beautifully!

  20. Peter M 21 January 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Plums in a tatin is a close 2nd place for me. You may me want summer now!

  21. Top Models shoes 2012 16 February 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Wow it looks so tasty. Hope that my mom is goind to read this article too and make for me some. Nice blog you have here man!

  22. gis consultant 29 April 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I never go mad on desserts but this looks amazing. Nina your pictures are fantastic as always!

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