The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree:

Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree

At the bottom left of my French garden there is a beautiful old Mirabelle tree; it was here when we bought the house and every year it gives us kilos and kilos of gorgeous yellow and rosy pink fruit. Diminutive in size it may be compared to the showy fig tree next to it, and it’s certainty not as tall as my quince tree, however, it is one of my favourite trees in the garden. It’s not a pretty tree, several owners previous to us have pruned it in a peculiar fashion, so it now leans to one side and looks like a crooked old man, but what it lacks in horticultural beauty is more than made up in its annual bounty of fruit – and for three to four weeks a year, we lean an old wooden ladder up into it’s canopy as it yields it golden treasure…….and we pick, pick and pick baskets of small, sweet plums.

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

Chopping Mirabelles

Mirabelle plums are the least showy of all the plum family; not big and blousy like the Victoria plum or with a deep, dusky colour as damsons are – they are small with a mottled golden-yellow to dusky rose-coloured skin. But, they are naturally sweet and can be eaten straight from the tree, and the stone is prised out with ease, unlike the greengage which doesn’t give up its stone with ease! They are very versatile and can be scoffed greedily as they are being picked, au natural, as well as being made into jam, chutney, pies, tarts or being poached. Today’s recipe is for a simple and deliciously seasonal tart, Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette, which is as easy as pie to make! I have been on a bit of a galette making fest lately, I find them better than a double crust pie for certain fruits – as they have less pastry and being a one crust free-shape tart, you can rustle one up in minutes.

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

Although Mirabelles grow in the UK, the fruit is very popular in France (where it originally originated from Asia Minor) where they are called Mirabelle de Lorraine; they are a speciality of the French region of Lorraine, which has an ideal climate and soil composition for the cultivation of this fruit. There are two main cultivars grown for fruit production, derived from cherry plums grown in Nancy and Metz. The Metz type is smaller, less hard, and less sweet, and has no small red spots on the skin. It is very good for jam, while the Nancy type is better as fresh fruit as it is sweeter. The city of Metz dedicates two weeks to the Mirabelle plum during the popular Mirabelle Festival held in August. During the festival, in addition to open markets selling fresh prunes, mirabelle tarts, and mirabelle liquor, there is live music, fireworks, parties, art exhibits, a parade with floral floats and competition, and the crowning of the Mirabelle Queen and a gala of celebration. In England, mirabelles grow both wild and cultivated in Essex, and there are yellow, orange and red varieties in Mayland, Essex. The Metz variety grows wild in Suffolk at Leathes’ Ham, near Oulton Broad. (Some information taken from Wikipedia) 

The Old Mirabelle Tree

The Old Mirabelle Tree

My recipe for this Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette is below, but, you can also make this tart (galette) with damsons, greengages and Victoria plums too. I am entering this recipe into Laura and Nazima’s monthly One Ingredient challenge, as the theme this month is PLUMS. That’s all for today, have a GREAT weekend, and I will be back soon with more recipes as well as some travel news, as I am popping down to the Basque Country for a long weekend break! See you later, Karen 

Mirabelle Plum Galette

Plums

Ready to bake: Mirabelle Galette

Ready to bake: Mirabelle Galette

Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette

Serves 8 slices
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Region French
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
An easy plum tart that is quick and easy to make and uses a minimum of ingredients and is perfect for any family supper pudding. Use fresh Mirabelle plums when in season, or Victoria plums, Damsons and Greengages. This tart also works well when made with fresh figs.

Ingredients

  • 1 portion of basic shortcrust pastry (or shop bought ready rolled shortcrust pastry)
  • Apricot jam
  • 225g to 250g mirabelles (halved and pitted)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Note

An easy plum tart that is quick and easy to make and uses a minimum of ingredients and is perfect for any family supper pudding. Use fresh Mirabelle plums when in season, or Victoria plums, Damsons and Greengages. This tart also works well when made with fresh figs.

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6. Grease and/or line a large round tray, such as a pizza tray.
Step 2 Roll the pastry out if using home-made to a large circle about 14" (35cms). Spread some apricot jam over the pastry leaving a border of about 2" (5cms) around the edge.
Step 3 Mix the mixed spice and sugar together and set to one side.
Step 4 Arrange the plum halves on the jam on concentric circles,so they completely cover the jam covered pastry base in one layer.
Step 5 Bring the pastry edges up and around the fruit, so part of the fruit is covered but the middle of the fruit is showing.
Step 6 Sprinkle the mixed spice and sugar mixture over the top of the fruit and pastry and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden, and the fruit is cooked and has released its juice.
Step 7 Allow to cool on the tray for 3 to 5 minutes, to allow the juice to sink back into the fruit and then serve warm with cream, crème fraîche or ice cream.
Just baked: Mirabelle Galette

Just baked: Mirabelle Galette

Mirabelle Plum Galette

Mirabelle Plum Galette

Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette  2

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

Celebrating the harvest and my harvest with British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight

Comments

  1. says

    just catching up on blog reading and so glad I didn’t miss this!… how pretty and how lucky ae you to have a Mirabelle tree.. very jealous… such a lovely and simply rustic pie… perfect for the onset of autumn, whenever that actually comes!

  2. Tracy Nixon says

    LOL I printed this recipe off for my mum and she rang me last night to say that she had been out to sainsbury’s for the ingredients and would be making it today!!!! (She says thank you and if she could use a computer she would follwo your blog too!) My dad loves plums so he will love this! Shared on Facebook today x

  3. lesley says

    Just checking on the Ingredients and am about to make this. I’ll let you know how it goes. I love the story of the tree

  4. laura jane says

    I love the look of a galette, it’s something i’ve only recently discovered but I cant wait to make one!

  5. Lorna Craig says

    That looks so good. We had a plum tree at home when I was a wee girl and Mum made all sorts if delish things,including the best plum jam I’ve ever had!

  6. LINDSEY CLARK says

    I like that is is suitable for hot or cold serving as well as for vegetarians. A bit of an all rounder I may have to try!

  7. Herbert Appleby says

    what a fab pudding I could polish a large slice of this one off with ice cream or custard or even brandy cream for crimbo :)

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>