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Mint Infused Plum Tarte Tartin

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I hope you do mind the interruption of a re-post on this beautiful Monday after Mother’s Day. Actually, it isn’t really a bona-fide repost because I never posted it on this site before. I used this as my guest post for Alli-n-Son’s a few weeks ago. If you stick with me, I promise to fill your sweet tooth desire with one amazing dessert and I promise to have the most delicious savory meal for you on Wednesday!

I have been talking non-stop about my passion for baking with fresh summer fruit this year on Kitchen Belleicious and today is no exception. Before I go any further let me explain a little more about myself. I am what some would call an OCD cook! I get into these little obsessions with my cooking where I can’t stop baking or cooking with a certain ingredient. Last month it was strawberries and this month it is plums. They are just so darn gorgeous and juicy that I can’t get enough. My husband asked if I needed counseling but I assured him that he must zip it unless he no longer wants dessert anymore! LOL!

All this brings me to my latest and fabulous spring/summer dessert- Mint Infused Plum Tarte Tatin! You can just see the sweet goodness just oozing from the cake the moment you lay eyes on it. The addition of the mint adds a completely different layer to the dish that you wouldn’t normally expect from a sweet tart. I got the idea from one of my favorite refreshments, Mint Julep. Seriously, one bite of this tart and you will think you died and gone to Mint Julep Plum Cake Heaven. Okay, maybe there is no such thing but the flavors and texture of this tart are just simply amazing. Just warning you- -You might not be able to have your cake and eat it too but then who really wants to have a cake to just look at. Seriously, that quote frustrates me sometimes because I don’t know one person who would rather look at a cake instead of eating it! Do you?

Have you ever obsessed over an ingredient before? If so I am so curious to know what it was?  Hope ya’ll had a fabulous weekend and here’s to a even better week!

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Mint Infused Plum Tarte Tatin

Ingredients: (adapted from Ina Garten)

1 cup plus 2 TBSP AP flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup sugar

6 TBSP, room temp butter

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/3 cup sour cream, room temp

¼ tsp salt

3 TBSP mint leaves, julienned plus more for garnish (optional)

½ tsp lemon zest

¼ cup sugar

1/3 cup water

6 ripe plums, pitted and quartered

Directions:

Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the plums in the dish, cut side down.

Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan along with the mint leaves and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don’t stir. Strain and pour evenly over the plums. (Note: I left a few mint leaves in the syrup to add little specks of green inside of the cake)

Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl using your electric mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream, zest and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined.

Pour the cake batter over the plums and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate.

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35 Comments

  1. Blair Harper

    I love this tarte or cake or whatever it is. It looks AMAZING and so fresh! I hope can I do it= not very good with fruit and baking!

    09 . May . 2011
  2. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    I just LOVE the addition of mint here. I grow my own herbs and always have loads of mint. This will be a great hit with the kids. Can’t wait for summer plums!!!

    09 . May . 2011
  3. Torrie @ a place to share...

    You *know I don’t mind a good re-post :), and I’m so glad you did because it reminds me that I NEED to make this dessert!! I just put it on my list so that I will not forget.

    I think it’s funny that you wrote this post today, because I did a “share & tell” post0 *asking people to link up former posts! Whether I’ve read it before or not, I love reading peoples ‘best of’ posts, and this one may be new on your blog, but it’s definitely a ‘best of.’ 🙂

    09 . May . 2011
  4. flip flops & pearls

    Mercy Momma!

    Can you come over and make this for me??

    I will trade off with wine:)

    Happy Monday my Friend!

    Xo

    09 . May . 2011
  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    This looks absolutely wonderful, and a perfect summer dessert! Cannot wait to try it for some upcoming barbecues.

    09 . May . 2011
  6. val

    You just spoke my language…PLUM TART!!!!!

    09 . May . 2011
  7. Mary

    This looks absolutely delicious, wonderful flavors, I would NEVER have thought of the mint – delicious, thank you!
    Mary

    09 . May . 2011
  8. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    That looks gorgeous! And, the first photo with the plum and mint is so pretty!

    I am currently obsessing over marshmallows—not as chic as plums, but I’m obsessed, lol

    09 . May . 2011
  9. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this looks so good! I really like plums. I agree this sounds like such a great summer dessert. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    09 . May . 2011
  10. To the Kitchen

    Love this tarte. So fresh and flavorful. I am jealous you already have plums. They look delicious!

    09 . May . 2011
  11. Mandy

    Do you realize how good this looks- especially the last picture. I could see myself making this for fourth of july or something

    09 . May . 2011
  12. Katherine

    I love tarts and I have never heard of doing it this way but it looks delicious and I only wish I lived next to you so we could taste test together

    09 . May . 2011
  13. Estelle

    Wow, this looks and sounds amazing. I’m always intimidated by the use of a candy termometer but I guess I just need to break down because I need to make this tarte.

    09 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      i used to be too estelle! but if you get you a good thermometer and with rial and error you will become a pro!

      10 . May . 2011
  14. Angie

    Love this plum tart. It is beautiful, but then again so is everything you make. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Sundays at One Food Club.

    09 . May . 2011
  15. Erica

    I am all about summer fruit and fruity desserts! I’ve been a crisp with plums, but never something like this. Looks awesome- totally a worthy re-post!

    09 . May . 2011
  16. Shawn

    Sooo lovely! I’d love to have a piece right now 🙂

    09 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      If only I could share the food with ya’ll! Now that would be icing on the cake for sure

      10 . May . 2011
  17. Stephanie

    Love this cake/toilet. It looks so good and I love adding mint to it.

    09 . May . 2011
  18. Megan

    Can’t wait to try this…how much sour cream?

    09 . May . 2011
  19. Julie (brown eyed belle)

    Oh my word, that looks heavenly!!!

    09 . May . 2011
  20. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I love plums- this is so beautiful!

    09 . May . 2011
  21. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This sounds fabulous – I love the combination of mint and plums!

    10 . May . 2011
  22. Holly (Fresh and Flavorful)

    So funny- I just did a tart yesterday with apricots. Weird I know but it was so good.Now I wishing I would have done yours too though! This looks exceptional!

    10 . May . 2011
  23. greencookinlife

    Wow- adding mint to the syrup was a great idea. I can just smell the flavors now. Wish I would have been there for this taste test!

    10 . May . 2011
  24. sweetlife

    stunning..I loved this on your guest post!!

    sweetlife

    10 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Thanks Girl for visiting both times:)

      10 . May . 2011
  25. Sammy

    I love plums. I think they are so delicious and what a perfect way to use them

    10 . May . 2011
  26. Cooking Creation

    I just stumbled across your blog and love it! I’m your newest follower and am looking forward to following you. 🙂

    10 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Girl- I have been trying for the last hour to post a comment on your blog and it just isn’t working so I am replying to your comment on here with my comment for your blog! Hope you get this!

      these are the best kinds of recipes! I love them and love cooking from old church cookbooks., Your pie looks incredible! Thanks for visiting and following the other day!

      12 . May . 2011
  27. Taylor

    I made a tarte once and it was no so good- I need to try it again but with your version! Wish me luck

    10 . May . 2011
  28. Lyn

    love this kinda tart-cake dessert! 😀

    10 . May . 2011
  29. April@The 21st Century Housewife

    What wonderful photographs, and what a delicious looking and sounding tart! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

    I get obsessed over asparagus this time of year – I use it almost daily in so many different recipes! Then I get obsessed over blueberries a bit later in the year!

    By the way, as this is an adaptation of an Ina Garten recipe, you would be very welcome to link it up to Ina’s Garden if you like
    http://www.21stcenturyhousewife.com/index/Blog/Entries/2011/5/5_Entry_1.html

    13 . May . 2011
  30. yummychunklet

    I saw your post from the Ina’s Garden link up. This dish looks fabulous! I look forward to seeing what else you have in store!

    18 . May . 2011
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