Italian Plum Tart


Photography by Angie Norwood Browne

I got this recipe from my dear friend Nancy Stumvoll



1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking powder



1 pound fresh Italian plums, firm, tart, halved & pitted

1 egg

1 cup heavy cream



Put butter and sugar in food processor and mix until fluffy.  Add rest of dry ingredients and cut until

mixture reaches a texture resembling peas. (6 to 7 pulses). Reserve 1/3 cup of mixture.


Press into 11′ tart pan. Build up edges a little thicker than bottom.


Filling: Arrange plums in a single layer over crust. Sprinkle with reserved 1/3 cup crust mixture and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.


While baking, beat egg slightly and add cream. Beat well. Pour egg mixture over plums and return tart to oven for 25 minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Cool, cut into wedges and serve warm or cold.


*when placing plums on crust to bake, place them skin side up!

Food Styling by Emily Browne



About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy


  1. Looks lovely. How are Italian plums different?

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