I have been home 24/7 with my baby boy from past 8 months but recently when my fellow bloggers from India announced the Indian Food Bloggers Meet, there was no way I was going to miss it! While I am still be bit concerned about leaving behind my son at home for two whole days, I am definitely looking forward to lots of food, fun, photography and meeting all the talented bloggers.
IFBMeet 2014 recently announced a KitchenAid India contest, which is open exclusively for the participants of the event. Participants are expected to blog a recipe using plums. My busy schedule has kept me away from regular blogging but I kept seeing photos of all the gorgeous plum recipes pouring in on my FB timeline. Finally I gave up and decided that I just had to join the fun!
Today, we went for our Sunday morning vegetable shopping and I picked some plums and decided to make something quick and easy. I spent good 30-40 minutes thinking what I was going to make with them. My mind couldn’t think beyond pairing them with chocolate for some reason. I think not having baked anything chocolaty in a while has something to do with it.
I made a simple tart filled with dark chocolate and topped with stewed plums. I loved the idea of tart plum against the bitterness of the chocolate. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to find perfectly ripe sweet plums. Even after stewing them with sugar, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. But I am sure with sweet juicy fruits it’ll taste much better.
I have used a very mildly sweet vegan whole-wheat base, which is soft like a cookie. Of course you can use any other favorite short crust pastry recipe instead. I was chasing the daylight, as it was already very gloomy at 4 in the evening so I didn’t wait for the tart to set well before shooting. Please let the tart chill for a few hours before you serve it.
For the base
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup khandsari sugar
- 1 tbsp flaxseed powder + 3 tbsp water
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 4-5 tbsp water
For the filling:
- 250 grams of dark chocolate
- 10-12 plums
- ½ cup khandsari sugar
Preheat the oven at 150 degree Celsius.
Grease the tart mould generously with a olive oil.
Combine flax seed meal with water, stir well and keep aside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Add the olive oil and flaxseed mixture and mix everything with a spoon. Now use your fingers to mix the flour adding water one tablespoon at a time till you get hard dough.
Transfer the dough to the tart mould and spread it with your fingers into a thin layer covering the entire surface and the sides. Press it down well. Use a fork to poke through it in several places all over.
Place this mould in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 25 minutes until the base is golden brown.
Let the tart cool down completely.
Clean your plums well and pit them. Place them cut side down on a pan and add ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Place it on low flame and bring it to a gentle simmer. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, till the plum is soft and turn off the heat.
Gently take the plums off the syrup and keep it aside.
Finely slice your dark chocolate and melt it in a double boiler. Add the reserved sugar syrup in which the plums were simmered and stir to combine.
Pour this chocolate mixture into the baked, cooled tart shell. Arrange the plums on top and let the tart come down to room temperature. Chocolate will harden as it cools down so let it sit for a couple of hours before you serve.