plum & nectarine crostata with tarragon.

September 3, 2012

whole fruit plums nectarines tarragon plum crostata uncooked with milk plum crostata cooked 2 plum crostata cooked

it’s my sincere hope that many of you are out and about and otherwise not glued to your computer screens today. that being said, in the case that you are here in blogland, here’s a little bit of inspiration for being otherwise occupied. i made this crostata on saturday using plums and nectarines from the farmer’s market. mixed together with tarragon from my windowsill and a bit of sugar, it came together to be the absolute best thing to munch on during a long weekend.
it should be known that for the most part, i’m a crostata skeptic. photographs of crostata (or galette, as they’re often called) often look dry and bland to me. i’d be lying if i said i haven’t tasted a fair few lack luster crostatas in my day, too. i assure you, this one is different. i used this recipe as inspiration. i added  two nectarines, substituted a few tablespoons of flour for the cornstarch,  traded tarragon for the thyme, and swapped the cream for whole milk just because we didn’t have any cream in the house and i couldn’t be bothered to trek back out. when the juices started to ooze onto the baking sheet mid-way through baking, i simply spooned them back on top. the result was moist and tart and full of flavor.
n.b. my older sister cait and i went through a stage of being fools for plum baby food. i think it must have started sometime around the time when my parents started feeding solid food to our twin sisters and it lasted straight on through elementary school. as a nine year old i proudly toted small glass jars of plum baby food in my lunch bag. i tell you this only because this crostata reminded me in all the best ways of said treat. this should be taken as a compliment of the highest order. 

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  • Reply Selene September 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    LOVE IT!

  • Reply tinajo September 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Looks beautiful and I bet it tastes the same!

  • Reply Harri Davison September 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Looks delish! x

  • Reply Abby September 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Looks delicious! I've had pretty good luck with crostadas so far–they're such a great way to showcase fruit.

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} September 4, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Yum! Looks like the perfect little snack! I love plums and any way it's made! <3

  • Reply Kristina @ Sarcire September 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Oh, YUM! That looks divine! I also love the rustic look of a crostata. It makes it feel more approachable as quick-whip dessert. šŸ™‚

  • Reply pollydove September 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    My daughter just found your blog and wanted me to come look at your beautiful pictures … you are an amazing photographer! Truly.

    My older sister still loves plum baby food – and she's a mother of 8. Go figure. smile

  • Reply Cheltz September 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, this looks really, really good, and I never in a million years would've put that combination together!

  • Reply Linda Zimmerman September 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I made a version of this today…at the SAME TIME AS YOUR MOTHER!!!! I used apples and lemon balm, way different than the plums but that's what I had. The aroma is filling the house, I cannot wait to taste it! The next one I make will be with peaches and tarragon…yum!!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 14, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I have four siblings and we all ate plum baby food into adulthood! SO GOOD.

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