Plum Galette

October 12th, 2011  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies

Plum Galette

Thank God I can bake. Because otherwise, after seeing what I saw, I would have just died.

Since you’re reading a food blog, you must have come across the Chez Panisse 40th anniversary photos. And since you’re alive, you MUST know how to bake. Because otherwise, you couldn’t have survived after seeing what I saw.

More specifically, assuming you did see it, you must have baked this plum galette. And if you hadn’t, then I have to ask: What’s wrong with you?

Seriously, how did you resist the urge? And if you did bake it, you must have felt the need to share it with the rest of the world. So, why haven’t I heard from you?

Anyway. I did bake it and am here to tell.

First, the photos. Todd Selby documented 14 of the gatherings and took photos for T Magazine. Here they are: part 1, 2, 3 and 4. If you are pressed for time, here are Selby’s favorites. In addition to those, here’s David’s post, which includes the photos of the plum galette that inspired this post.

The moment I saw the photo with the brush applying a glaze on top, I knew what the folks over at Chez Panisse were doing. They must have found the most fragrant plums of the season, thought for a second and realized quickly that those plums were destined for a tart – one with as few ingredients as possible. Like two. Plums and sugar.

That is kind of genius. This tart doesn’t really need anything else. See, the plums are very high in pectin and forty five minutes in the oven with sugar means instant jam. Yes, this galette creates its own filling!

Isn’t that something? The sugar draws moisture out of the plums, the heat turns it into a syrup and because the amount of pectin in the plums is so high, the syrup quickly becomes jam.

The same logic applies to the glaze: (Plums + sugar) x heat = Glaze in a second.

OK, maybe not a second, but close. I grated two plums into a pot, poured some sugar on top and seven minutes later, the glaze was ready. It would have been a crime to glaze this beauty with anything else.

Plum Glaze

So, I assume you’re getting dressed and will start running to the farmers market as soon as you’re finished reading this post.

Plum Galette Tart 2

And if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?


Inspired by a photo from Chez Panisse 40th Anniversary Celebrations


For the crust:

Makes two 9-inch galette doughs (you only need one for the recipe – you can either halve the recipe or freeze the second piece)

  • 2 sticks + 1 tablespoon (250 grams) butter, cold
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 2+3/4 cups (385 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (7 grams) fine sea salt

For the fruit layer and glaze:

  • 8-10 (1,75 pounds/800 grams) red plums, divided
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) + 3 tablespoons (45 grams) sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter, melted


  1. To prepare the crust, cut the butter into small pieces and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir vinegar and water in a small bowl and keep in the refrigerator until needed.
  3. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse flour, sugar and salt to mix.
  4. Add chilled butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Gradually add the water & vinegar mixture and pulse until the dough forms clumps and curds.
  6. Transfer the dough in a large mixing bowl and gather into a ball. Divide into two, flatten slightly and wrap individually in plastic. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. You can keep the dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  7. Place one piece of dough between two parchment papers and shape into a flat disk by smashing it with a rolling pin. Roll out into a rough 11-inch circle. Trim the edges to a clean circle with a pizza cutter (or a pairing knife). Transfer the circle to a baking sheet and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  9. To prepare the fruit layer, reserve two of the plums and cut the rest into two. Remove the pits, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices and set aside.
  10. Grate the remaining two plums into a medium pot, add half a cup of the sugar on top and set aside.
  11. Remove the rolled-out galette dough from the freezer and leaving an inch and a half border from the outside, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar on top.
  12. Arrange the plum slices on top in slightly overlapping concentric circles and sprinkle another tablespoon of sugar on top of the plums.
  13. Roll the border of the dough towards the plums, brush the top of the border with melted butter and sprinkle the remaining half tablespoon of sugar on top.
  14. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes.
  15. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Place the pot with the grated plums and sugar over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and cook over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pass through a fine mesh sieve, discard the pulp and set the glaze aside.
  16. Remove the galette from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Brush the top of the plums with the warm glaze (you will not need all of it) and serve (preferably with a scoop of seven-bean vanilla ice cream) immediately.

Note: This galette is best served warm. If you have leftovers, warm for a few minutes in a 350 F oven before serving. You’ll also have leftover glaze. To apply it the next day, add a tablespoon or two of water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

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  1. 1 - Shirley@kokken69 on October 12th, 2011

    Chez Panisse is on my list of To-Visit-Restaurants… In the mean time, your plum galette is gorgeous! I am bookmarking this!

  2. 2 - Mary on October 12th, 2011

    I’ve been a fan of your site for a while now.thank you for constantly inspiring me.a big hug from mumbai…marylou

  3. 3 - Chaitali on October 13th, 2011

    Beautiful photos and recipe!

  4. 4 - sibel yüksel on October 13th, 2011

    cenk,yine bir sanat eseri çıkarmışsın…tebrikler.

  5. 5 - Bogna on October 13th, 2011

    As always, it looks just perfect!

  6. 6 - Joy on October 13th, 2011

    Beautiful galette! The Turkish plums are out in full force in Istanbul, so I will have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7 - Maya on October 13th, 2011

    Dare I say that your galette looks better than the one it was inspired by? In fact, I’m running out the door now as I type to get some plums. Hopefully my galette will taste as gorgeous as yours look!

  8. 8 - A.W. on October 13th, 2011

    Okay. Heading out for red plums now….

  9. 9 - Sharyn Dimmick on October 13th, 2011

    I didn’t get the plum-loving gene, or even the plum-liking one, but your glaze looks amazing (lovely color).

  10. 10 - Sharyn Dimmick on October 13th, 2011

    And I would eat one bite of anything they cooked at Chez Panisse.

  11. 11 - Judy on October 13th, 2011

    You’re so right…Iam going out tomorrow to buy plums to make this tart! Looks amazing.
    Cenk, I’m the lady who lives in Istanbul and I have a question….which variety of plums should I buy for this? There are a few types at the manav and I’m not sure which would be best suited.
    Thanks for another winner

  12. 12 - crissy willis on October 13th, 2011

    Dear Plum Galette,
    Have you been reading my diary? Thanks for making my dreams come true!
    Yours Always,

  13. 13 - Ilke on October 13th, 2011

    I dont know what is wrong me… Going to the Farmer’s market and will figure it out while baking!

  14. 14 - Cenk on October 14th, 2011

    So happy to hear the great comments. Hope you guys like the tart. Can’t wait for your comments after tasting it.

    Judy – You should buy plums (erik) labeled as “Anjelik”. Here’s a photo; the ones you’ll find in Istanbul have a much darker (purple/navy) skin.

  15. 15 - Hope on October 14th, 2011

    Looks lovely 🙂

  16. 16 - Rachelle on October 14th, 2011

    Two trees worth of beautiful plums are sitting on my counter tops=time to get baking! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos, now I’ll have to make my own…can’t eat a digital photo ;0)

  17. 17 - katy from diningwithdusty on October 16th, 2011

    Gorgeous! I’m running to the local farmer’s morning as soon as I get up tomorrow morning. Sunday morning + baking + plums = magic.

  18. 18 - jami on October 16th, 2011

    This picture just jumped out at me from Tastespotting. Beautiful!

  19. 19 - Winnie on October 16th, 2011

    Stunning looking galette !
    Absolutely beautiful.

  20. 20 - Simone on October 16th, 2011

    Ok… you caught me there; I had not heard of the 40th Chez Panisse foundation but I saw this plum galette on tastespotting and I just had to come and check it out. (does that count as a plus?) and after seeing this and reading your post I will go to the farmers market and get some plums. If it wasn’t sunday right now that is… 🙂 Love it, love the colors!

  21. 21 - Juls on October 16th, 2011

    What amazing colours! And your pastry looks perfect and crispy!

  22. 22 - Selen on October 17th, 2011

    Adorable! Can we also have a pumpkin pie for the season? 😛

  23. 23 - Adelina on October 17th, 2011

    Ok….what’s wrong with me….I can never, never, never, never, Never, Ever slice apples, plums nicely to create such an artistic circle of fruit pie/ galette. But, after reading your post, I will try again.

    Thanks for posting and for “telling”!

  24. 24 - Annetje on October 19th, 2011

    fantastic. Inspirational!Thank you!!!!!

  25. 25 - Mrs Ergül on October 24th, 2011

    Love the top-down photo of the plums on the tart dough. We have arrived in Turkey 2 days ago and am spoilt rotten with all the amazing food. So much fresh fruit!!

  26. 26 - soma on October 25th, 2011

    Hope everyone is safe at your end at this time.. thoughts are with you and all.

  27. 27 - Patricia Scarpin on October 27th, 2011

    Great post, Cenk! I don’t think I can resist that either – cannot wait for plums to be in season here. Gorgeous galette!

  28. 28 - Cenk on October 27th, 2011

    soma – Thank you. I live far away from the epicenter so we’re all OK. I wish I could say the same for the people in Van.

  29. 29 - yummy supper on October 27th, 2011

    Cent, So nice to hear from you! Whenever I think of Istanbul and what a great time we had, I think about you and all of your great tips! Thank you again.
    And it’s so fun to see your Chez Panisse inspiration. The 40th celebration was amazing – our town was bursting with excitement. I had the great fortune to have dinner at Alice’s house that week and it was an evening I’ll never forget. Your plum galette is a perfect tribute to the spirit of Chez Panisse.

  30. 30 - kankana on October 28th, 2011

    You have arranged those plums sooo neatly.. just can’t take my eyes of it!

  31. 31 - Molly on November 15th, 2011


    I just stumbled across your lovely blog while googling where to buy heavy cream in Istanbul. Your pictures are so gorgeous!!

    Where do you find heavy cream or whole milk or vanilla extract in Istanbul?? My roommates and I are desperate for some Thanksgiving desserts!

    I’m so happy to add another Istanbul foodie blog to my favorites!



  32. 32 - Cenk on November 16th, 2011

    Molly – Thanks! You can find heavy cream and whole milk everywhere. Heavy cream is labeled as “krema” and my favorite brand is Pınar. Unfortunately, it is quite hard to find vanilla extract. You can try Santral Şarküteri in the Bebek district (they carry McCormick’s vanilla extract). Happy cooking.

  33. 33 - Cooking Rookie on November 28th, 2011

    This is simply beautiful! I’m adding it to my Pinterest, not to forget 🙂

  34. 34 - Janine on May 20th, 2012

    Stumbled across your blog yesterday and just had to make this. OMG…. I have just taken it out of the oven and it is so goooood. Must admit mine doesn’t look as good as yours and I must use darker plums next time but the flavour took me back to my childhood when my grandmother used to make her own plum jam. Thank you so much.

  35. 35 - Cenk on May 22nd, 2012

    Janine – Isn’t it the best fruit tart? Glad you enjoyed it.

  36. 36 - Jo on June 19th, 2012

    Hi Cenk, I made this beautiful tart yesterday. The plums in Istanbul are so wonderful at the moment. I have to say the glaze is incredible, the amazing ruby color with this tart sweetness. So yummy! Needless to say the plum galette did not last long.

  37. 37 - Ana Vasilache on August 5th, 2012

    Dear Cafe Fernando,

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe,

    It is possible that the quantity of butter in the recipe is doubled?

    Thank you,

    Ana Vasilache

  38. 38 - Cenk on August 11th, 2012

    Ana – You get two tart doughs with the recipe, but only use one to make the galette.

  39. 39 - Mammour Jutras on June 21st, 2015

    Dear Café Fernando,
    I made the plum tart last night for my guest and it was a huge hit. Tomorrow it will be you cereal ice cream for my grandchildren. Please stor posting such appealing and delicious recipes I just discovered your site and I won’t sleep till I bake evething. Thanks
    A tire grand-mother

  40. 40 - Sandra Gathings on August 2nd, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. We had the great fortune of enjoying this lovely dessert at Chez Panisse a couple of weeks ago, and will now attempt to recreate it at home!

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