Search Recipes

Plum and hazelnut tart

Early Autumn is the perfect time of year to celebrate sweet treats with a decadent, nutty plum tart.

Neil Perry's nutty plum tart.
Neil Perry's nutty plum tart. Photo: William Meppem


1 sheet of store-bought sweet shortcrust pastry

10 small blood plums, halved, stones removed

30g unsalted butter, diced

75g caster sugar

40ml limoncello

3 tbsp plum jam

1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped

For the filling

125g unsalted butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

1 1/4 cups ground hazelnuts

3 eggs

1/4 cup plain flour



1. Butter and flour a 24cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick. Cut out a circle allowing a 5cm border around the tin base. Gently ease pastry into the tin, carefully pushing in sides. Rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 180°C.

3. Lay plums in a roasting tray, cut side up. Place a piece of butter on top of each plum then sprinkle with the caster sugar.

4. Mix limoncello with 1 1/2 tbsp water and drizzle over plums. Roast for 20 minutes, basting occasionally, until softened but not collapsing. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

5. Pour liquid from roasting plums into a small pan, then add the jam. Reduce over a low heat to create a glaze. Set aside.

6. Take pastry from fridge. Trim excess pastry and prick base a few times with a fork to prevent blistering and rising. Line tart tin with foil, add raw rice and blind-bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, lift out foil and rice, then return to oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, until the base has dried out.

7. For the filling, beat butter until light and creamy. Add sugar and mix until combined, then add ground hazelnuts and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gently fold in flour. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

8. Reduce oven to 160°C. Fill the tart case with filling (it should be about 2/3 full) then arrange plum halves on top, cut side up, so they are touching but not overlapping. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean, then remove from oven.

9. Reheat plum glaze, then brush over tart. Scatter with the chopped toasted hazelnuts, slice and serve.

Main ingredient:
Stonefruit, Nuts, Eggs
Dinner Party, Family meals, Easter, Picnic, Valentine's Day

More recipes like this...

Plum and semolina shortcake.

Semolina, almond and blood plum cake

Karen Martini
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
17 Reader ratings
Cherries with mascarpone sabayon.

Cherries with mascarpone sabayon

Neil Perry
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
16 Reader ratings
Baked nectarines with amaretti biscuits

Baked nectarines with amaretti biscuits

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
1 Reader rating
Murdoch Recipe Thumbnail

Baked almond and marzipan peaches

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
1 Reader rating


Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies