Friday, October 4, 2013

Tarte aux Quetsches

We had a little visit from LU and AR yesterday afternoon. A couple of weeks ago we received an invitation for their 50th wedding anniversary party and they were out shopping for party supplies. On the way home from the city, they thought they would come and pay us a little visit, especially for Dad. I'm always happy to have people over and our house is pretty much open anytime. I had a Tarte aux Quetsches cooling by the window that I served them and we had our afternoon coffee together. Coincidence of coincidences, LU brought with her a sachet of fresh Quetsches to give me. I don't know if they were store-bought or from her garden, but I accepted the gift with much thanks. This was MR's first time to try a Tarte aux Quetsches (or just Quetsches for that matter) and between hugs and kisses he asked if I could make one again today.

How could I refuse?! Hehehehe....

After a little research online, I learned that Quetsches are a kind of plums, also known as Damson Plums. They are very common in our region, the east part of France from August till Mid-October.

The Quetsches are bigger than the Mirabelles and are oval in shape. Although both Mirabelles and Quetsches are varieties of plums, they each have a different and distinctive taste. Click here to find out more about Mirabelles. 

Its purple skin is slightly tart, but the fruit is really sweet. It can be eaten as it is, but can also be enjoyed in tarts, jam, and fruit preserves.

I unrolled a pastry crust on my baking dish. With a fork, I poked holes all over several times.
Arrange the halved, seeded quetsches on the crust.

Then, I added a sachet of vanilla sugar on top.

Bake in a 200 degrees preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
Serve warm or completely cooled, as desired. Enjoy!


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