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.

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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dharmagirl July 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

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

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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!

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isabelle July 15, 2009 at 4:45 am

Your brioche mini-tart looks gorgeous!
Nice photos.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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pinkstripes July 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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

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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.

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Beth July 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

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

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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.

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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! 🙂

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Leslie July 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

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

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Barbara Bakes July 16, 2009 at 3:37 am

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

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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.

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

such a pretty tart! glad you squeezed it in!

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Karine July 17, 2009 at 3:41 am

Your tart looks delicious!!! 🙂

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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!!

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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! 🙂

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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.

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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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