Rustic Plum-Walnut Tart

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From: EatingWell Magazine September/October 1994

There is nothing like the sight of late-summer fruit piled high at the farmstand to inspire one to bake. For this French free-form tart, known as a galette, the plums are arranged over a layer of ground walnuts, sugar and flour, which absorbs the delicious plummy juices and helps keep the pastry crust crisp. Serve with Vanilla Cream or reduced-fat vanilla ice cream.

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  • Essential EatingWell Pie Pastry, (recipe follows)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, or pecans
  • 2 pounds plums, such as Santa Rosa or Queen Ann (12-16 plums)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided, plus 1 teaspoon for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons plum jam, or red currant jelly

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  1. Prepare Essential EatingWell Pie Pastry; refrigerate as directed.
  2. Position oven rack at the lowest level; preheat to 425 °F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rough circle, about 14 inches in diameter and slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. Drape the dough over the rolling pin and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
  4. Spread nuts in a small baking dish and bake until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  5. Meanwhile, quarter plums, discarding pits. Place flour, 1/4 cup sugar and the toasted nuts in a food processor or blender; process until the nuts are finely ground.
  6. Spread the nut mixture over the crust, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border around the edge. Arrange plums on their sides in concentric circles over the nut mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Fold the crust border over the plums, pleating as necessary. Brush milk over the rim and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar.
  7. Bake the tart for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 375 °F and bake for 30 to 40 minutes longer, or until the crust is golden and the juices are bubbling. With a long metal spatula, slide the tart onto a serving platter and let cool. Before serving, heat jam (or jelly) over low heat until melted, then brush over the plums.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 250 calories; 9 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 22 g sugars; g added sugars; 370 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 9 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 62 mg sodium; 149 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

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