TWD: Brioche Plum Tartlet

by Holly on July 14, 2009

This week was almost the first week I really thought I just wasn’t going to be able to make the recipe happen for Tuesdays with Dorie. It would have been the first time I’ve missed a week since I started back in April ’08 and I was really sad at the prospect. I sent out a tweet to my friends on Twitter and got back the support and encouragement I needed to just go for it. The recipe this week was chosen by Denise at Chez Us, and I’m glad I didn’t miss out.

I’ve made brioche before – which is why the amount of time I needed to make it was worrying me. I really wanted to make this recipe because it was just so intriguing to me to be using the brioche dough as a tart crust. It was that time commitment which just seemed to be out of my realm of possibility this week. It was yesterday afternoon when I sent out my tweet and had my friends give me just the boost I needed.

Yesterday was my oldest son’s 6th birthday and I just didn’t know when I was going to fit this in. Thank you Kayte, Caitlin, Nancy, Tracey and Di for being there to give me just the boost I needed! Tuesdays with Dorie is an amazing group – and I’m telling you people, when you add that to the power of Twitter, incredible things happen!

I threw the brioche together in my KA mixer yesterday while I was making dinner. After we ate I put the dough in the fridge and ignored it until I could do something with it this morning. I made the entire brioche recipe (because I figure I’ll find something to do with it) and only made one small little 5-inch tart. I used what I had on hand for the filling and just let the chips fall where they may.

My filling consisted of seedless black raspberry jam, two little plums I got from my friend Lisa (check out her new food blog at – cutest word EVER – Gourmified – I made the header for her so I’d love to know what you all think). I then sprinkled a few sliced blanched almonds I got from Oh Nuts! and some sugar for the topping.

This tart really did remind me of the Bakewell Tarts we recently made for Daring Bakers, but overall, I still preferred the Bakewells – probably more than anything though just because of the almond cream. While the brioche dough did take a long time before it was ready – the actual active time on my part was miniscule. I am so glad that I have great foodie friends who encourage me!

Make sure to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll for oodles of variations and fillings!

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Kim July 15, 2009 at 2:03 am

It is so cute. Glad you made it. Now with the extra brioche dough you have will you make me cinnamon buns? 🙂 Love your pictures.

Nancy/n.o.e July 15, 2009 at 2:11 am

Almonds and almond cream make everything better, don't they? I came close to adding frangipane to this tart, and I will when it's on my own time, so to speak. Love your baby tart. I thought this was a delicious version of brioche dough. Will look forward to seeing what you make with the rest. Twitter + TWD = a great combination!! Glad you fit this one in. Whew!!

lasinthekitchen July 15, 2009 at 3:36 am

Your Brioche Plum Mini-Tart looks scrumptious! I love the color and the juice oozing out!
I think Gourmified is a fun word and that you did a standout job of her header! I love how the blue stands out! You must have designed your header too of which I love the font you used!

vibi July 15, 2009 at 4:04 am

MMMMmmmm… very appetizing. Makes me wish my baking skills were good enough to have made it!

But yours is so beautiful, I'm pretty much statisfied only by admiring it!

dharmagirl July 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

what a sweet, cute little tart! i love it!

haleysuzanne July 15, 2009 at 4:45 am

I love the color the plums give this! I think I would prefer the plums to the apricot versions floating around. The brioche makes this really decadent!

isabelle July 15, 2009 at 4:45 am

Your brioche mini-tart looks gorgeous!
Nice photos.

Amanda July 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

I'm very glad you decided to make this! I love the mini tart. I made the same combo as you on one side of my tart, then on the other I did Nutella and cherries. The cherry side was the bomb in my opinion! Happy birthday to your son and the header on your friend's blog is great!

Cookin' Canuck July 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Well done keeping your streak going! This tart looks absolutely delicious!

TeaLady July 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Your tart looks perfect. Glad you didn't have to skip. I always enjoy the results of your TWD. Always so creative.

pinkstripes July 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Your mini-tart looks wonderful! I'm glad you decided to make it.

Tracey July 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Your tart looks wonderful Holly! I'm so glad you decided to make it after all. We couldn't have you breaking your perfect streak of TWD participation! I just finished baking my tart this afternoon and am also glad I didn't skip. It's not my favorite Dorie recipe by any means, but still delicious.

Beth July 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Lovely!! Do you do blog header designs for other people?

Sarah July 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Your tart looks amazing! So glad you went ahead with it. I bet it would be delicious to combine this and the bakewell. I think almond would be a perfect compliment to the brioche.

makeitworkmom July 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Ahhh, to have a talent for baking! I have more of a connection with the finished product and after having tried my hand at the preparation part, I definitely respect (and secretly envy) those of you with that talent! Your pictures are mouthwatering! 🙂

Leslie July 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

Mmm…wonderful! I'm in awe of you not missing a single TWD!

Barbara Bakes July 16, 2009 at 3:37 am

Great picture! I wish your leftover dough was in my fridge!

Katrina July 16, 2009 at 4:19 am

Way to go! I am bad (or just not on Twitter enough) and didn't get this made. So many great reviews. Love your little tart. I made a TWD cookie I'd missed.

steph- whisk/spoon July 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

such a pretty tart! glad you squeezed it in!

Karine July 17, 2009 at 3:41 am

Your tart looks delicious!!! 🙂

Pamela July 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Hi Holly,
It was so nice to meet you yesterday. You are so cute and I can't wait to read for blog and hear about all your adventures!!

Manggy July 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Happy birthday to the young one! 🙂 I'm glad you were able to fit this in. That gooey, deep fruity filling is just killing me! 🙂

Di July 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I still haven't managed to make this one. I'm hoping to finally get to it this weekend. Your little tart looks great, and is definitely a good vehicle for using up whatever you have on hand.

Mermaid Sweets July 27, 2009 at 4:04 am

Looks amazing, can't believe your TWD record, amazing. Well done. Hope all is well and you are staying cool. Sorry I have been MIA, but am back.

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