Serve with cream or ice cream and mint leaves to garnish. Photo / Babiche Martens

Plum Tarte Tatin

This nostalgic plum tarte tatin recipe is straight from the pages of a family cookbook

Some foods transport you back to happy memories. Plums do that for me. As children we would climb the Doris plum tree that overhung the fence into the horse paddock, groaning with large ripe purple fruit. There is nothing better than plums fresh from the tree.

Serves 6

50g butter
½ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
8 plums, halved, stones removed
300g puff pastry
Ice cream to serve
Mint leaves to garnish

1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. In an ovenproof frying pan melt the butter and sugar slowly until it becomes a caramel colour. Remove from the heat and sprinkle over the cinnamon.

3. Arrange the plums cut side down in the pan, squashing them in to fit all the gaps.

4. Roll the pastry on a lightly floured board to 5mm thick. Lay on top of the plums tucking in the sides. Place into the oven for 25 minutes until the pastry is cooked, risen and golden brown. Remove and leave the tart to sit for a few minutes then tip carefully on to a serving platter.

5. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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