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Petite plum tarts (tartlets)

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I want to warn you right away – this is a very rich dessert! Not surprisingly why – goat cheese whipped together with heavy cream and sugar!

Plum tartlets, tartelettes with plums, sugar, goat cheese, whipped cream

I think plums are way overlooked and underused as ingredient.  So, to rectify this situation, I made a plum tart dessert.  I love plums as a fruit that’s somewhat sour, because that allows you to play with flavor, to combine sweet and sour.   To make sour as sour or as sweet as you want.

I made these plum tarts in smaller tartlet molds (3 inch diameter each).   So, because the goat cheese mousse is so rich, you might actually be full from eating just half of that little tartlet. Then, you can finish another half for breakfast next morning!


plum tart with goat cheese mousse, caramelized plums, tartelettes, tartlets

Plum tart with goat cheese mousse. Recipe for 2 small tart molds (3 inch diameter each):

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 plums
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

1)    Make and bake sweet tart crust for small tartlets (3 inch in diameter each) according to my recipe. Let them cool completely.

2)  Cut each plum in half, remove the pit and slice plums finely. Heat butter in a skillet until sizzling, add plums and sugar and cook for 5 minutes, turning once until plums darken and caramelize. Set the plum mixture aside to cool completely.

plums cooking in butter and sugar

3) Using mixer, whip heavy cream until well-defined peaks form. Put in the refrigerator.

4) Using mixer, whip goat cheese and sugar until well combined and goat cheese softens and becomes creamy. Return unsweetened whipped heavy cream from the refrigerator to the counter. Using spatula, add whipped cream to goat cheese mixture and combine until well incorporated.

5) Place goat cheese mousse into each tartlet, which you would have prepared according to my sweet tart crust recipe.

tartlets,tartelettes with goat cheese mousse, whipped heavy cream

6) Top with plum mixture. Take a bite.

Plum tartlets, tartelettes with plums, sugar, goat cheese, whipped cream

Look at my fancy tea pot:

Plum tartlets, tartelettes with plums, sugar, goat cheese, whipped cream



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  • Oh my goodness Julia! This tart sounds amazing!! I LOVE goat cheese and I think it would pair so well with the plums!

    And I totally agree with you, plums never get any glory – they are always overlooked

    • Julia September 27, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Thank you!

  • Alanna September 26, 2012, 9:25 am

    These look amazing – I love goat cheese in dessert! Love your site, and look forward to reading more. : )

    • Julia September 27, 2012, 2:13 pm

      I love goat cheese in dessert, and also ricotta cheese. If you mix those with the right stuff, it makes a great dessert!

  • The Café Sucré Farine September 26, 2012, 10:44 am

    Wow, goat cheese mouse, goodness that sounds wonderful as does the plum topping. Lovely photos too!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 26, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I love desserts made with plums–this looks absolutely delicious!

  • Jennifer September 26, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Yum, these look VERY delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday too 🙂

  • Coffee and Crumpets September 26, 2012, 9:21 pm

    I agree with you, I think plums are totally overlooked! These tarts are so beautiful and very decadent with goat cheese and cream..YUM

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous too. Thank you for commenting on my site because now I have found yours and all your yummy creations!


    • Julia September 27, 2012, 2:10 pm

      I think plums are too tart for most people, and they are best when they are cooked and softened up…

  • Funwidfud September 26, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Delicious looking dessert…Goat cheese with cream makes it sound very yum and rich…Love the clicks..

    • Julia September 27, 2012, 2:12 pm


  • Lisa H. September 27, 2012, 7:21 pm

    Oh my… what a delightful bite 😀
    beautiful photos 🙂

    • Julia September 28, 2012, 6:26 pm

      Thank you, Lisa.

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen September 27, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Oh man…you had me at goat cheese! These tarts look delicious! 🙂

    • Julia September 28, 2012, 6:24 pm

      Thank you, Christina.

  • Denise @ TLT September 28, 2012, 1:16 am

    You already knew I’m on a tartlet kick, but these?! They just scream to be made. Goat cheese mousse…wow, I need this!

    • Julia September 28, 2012, 6:23 pm

      You were also on a goat cheese kick this week, making those delicious looking gnocchi with the goat cheese sauce.

  • Jill Silverman Hough September 28, 2012, 7:46 am

    Love YOUR photography, Julia! I’m inspired!

    • Julia September 28, 2012, 6:21 pm

      Thank you! Your comment means a lot, especially because you are a professional in culinary area.

  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye October 2, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Your food looks delicious and your photography is amazing! I look forward to following along. Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday 🙂

  • Renee October 15, 2012, 9:38 pm

    So pretty! I love goat cheese in desserts 🙂

    • Julia October 15, 2012, 11:58 pm

      Me too!! Goat cheese is so versatile!

  • Trishnanta August 4, 2013, 1:52 pm

    That is some fantastic photography. 🙂 Love the tartlets.

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