Plum Galette with Mascarpone and Rosemary

Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

We have these enormous escalators in DC. If you’ve ever visited the city you know I’m not exaggerating. Not all of them are massive but the ones that are big are completely ridiculous. It can take 3-4 minutes to ride from one end to the other. It’s this steep, slow, mechanical climb that I find absolutely torturous. 

Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

It just so happens that I live near a metro stop with one of these monsters. When we first moved to the area I refused to ride it, instead opting for the looooong elevator ride. I don’t simply feel fear on these escalators; I experience vertigo. I feel like I’m falling. When I first step onto the downward escalator, I feel like I’m about to go over the hill of a roller coaster. My legs turn to jello, my stomach drops and my knuckles turn white. I become paralyzed with fear.

Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

Going up is even worse. At least when I’m going down I feel like it gets progressively less terrifying as I see the ground approaching. But when I take the ride upward, I am uncomfortably aware of the empty space expanding behind me. I feel like I’m teetering on the edge of a cliff and a sudden unexpected movement from a stranger might send me plummeting to my untimely death.

Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

Not long after we moved to the area, our elevator was shut down for construction. For 8 months. During that time I have no choice but to take the escalator ride every time I needed to go into the city. People told me that if I kept doing it, it would get easier. They were sort of right. It got a bit easier. The panic attacks weren’t quite as severe by the end of 8 months. But I never got used to it. The day that elevator opened back up for business I was first in line. To be completely honest, the ride never really got much easier.

But I did it anyway.

Serve this seasonal tart for dessert or at Sunday brunch! It's sweet, tart and earthy.

Plum Galette with Mascarpone and Rosemary
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped and cold
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water
  • 3-4 red plums
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, salt and rosemary to a food processor. Pulse several times to chop the rosemary and combine the ingredients. Add the cold butter and continue pulsing on and off until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly add the water with the machine running just until the dough forms a ball. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle about 9 inches in diameter. Use a knife or pizza cutter to even the edges and move the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator.
  3. Line a plate with paper towels. Slice the plums in half and carefully remove the pits. Take one of the halves and cut it into thin slices and then place on the paper towels to drain excess liquid. Repeat with the remaining plums.
  4. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and spread the mascarpone cheese evenly onto the dough, leaving an inch border all the way around. Layer the plum slices in a decorative circular pattern, starting with the outer layer and finishing with an inner layer. Fold the excess dough on top of the plum in a circle, until you have a tightly formed tart.
  5. Place in the oven and cook for 22-25 minutes, or until the dough is cooked and center is bubbly. Toward the end of the cooking time, place the apricot jam in a small ramekin and microwave for 30 seconds to thin it out.
  6. Carefully remove from the oven. The center may appear to have a lot of liquid but will firm back up as the galette cools. Use a pastry brush to dab the apricot jam evenly over the top, taking care not to disturb the shape of the plums.
  7. Use a pepper grinder to add a light sprinkling of fresh ground black pepper evenly over the plums.
  8. Allow the tart to cool until it's lukewarm or at room temperature before serving.
Notes
Do not use overly ripened plums or they will be too water and will not hold their shape when sliced. Look for firm plums that give just slightly when pressed.
 

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  • I’ll ride escalators, but I’m always afraid as I get to the top or bottom, somehow I’m going to miss my chance to get off, and my feet are going to get stuck. It’s irrational, I know, but every time, I have a moment of panic that the stupid thing is going to eat my feet. Your galette is gorgeous–I love anything with mascarpone.

  • I totally understand your fear. Escalators are kind of weird. When I ride on them, I always quote Mitch Hedberg the comedian, “If escalators stopped working they would just be stairs.” LOL. I think you should eat this plum gallette while you ride to keep you distracted. GORGEOUS!

  • Wow! What a crazy experience! It’s so funny because I’d much rather take an escalator than an elevator and my mom absolutely haaates elevators [claustrophobia]. I’m glad you made it through the 8 months! — This galette is absolutely beautiful! The contrasting flavors sound perfect.

  • I have straight up ridden those Terror Escalators, and they are no joke. I don’t blame you for the feeling of vertigo!
    Is it just me, or are plums this year better than EVER? So perfect in a gorgeous galette like this. Love everything about this.

  • This looks absolutely ridiculous good, you’ve had me dreaming about this galette since you posted it on Instagram. It reminds me of a focaccia I made with thyme and peaches- it was divine!

  • I’m the same way! I can’t stomach escalators – I always feel like my eyes are crossing and my brain is all confused, not knowing if we’re falling, spinning, or riding. :-)

    However, my stomach will definitely be satisfied with this gorgeous galette!!

  • I don’t like escalators but I’ve never experienced one like that and hope I never do. Good for you that you were afraid but did it anyway. That takes immense strength.

    This gallette is gorgeous. I love the unexpected pop of flavor from herbs in baked goods.

  • I feel a bit like that about standing on the edge of a metro platform. I have this horrible fear that someone might push me or I’ll somehow find myself falling onto the tracks. Horrible!
    On the positive side, I love this galette! I love that galettes are so easy to make and yet look so impressive. Plums and apricot jam … mmmm!

  • The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it so fantastic. The pastry is divine (I hand-minced the rosemary before combining with the flour & salt in the food processor). My plums are really tart, just the way I like them. And I did over-load the 1/2 cup measure for the mascarpone, probably 3/4 cup. I believe I also added about 10 minutes or so to the cooking time. It is out of the oven by barely a half hour and I have already eaten 1/8th. Now I have to sneak the balance of the galette to my unsuspecting neighbours lest I eat the rest.
    I would serve this to guests with either whipped crème, crème fraiche, or frozen yogurt/ice cream. Oh WOW…. thank you thank you – this is divine!

  • Also meant to comment… I would much prefer an escalator to an elevator. I feel trapped inside an elevator whereas with an escalator I can see that I will actually reach a platform. Vertigo going down is just compensated with a death grip on the hand rail. I believe I was told I leave dents and fingernail gouges but what the hey…. I survived! (You don’t want to know what happens to me in elevators! LOL)