Mary Berry's plum and marzipan tarte tatin

(81 ratings)
Mary Berry's plum and marzipan tarte tatin
Mary Berry's plum and marzipan tarte tatin
  • Serves: 8

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

A plum tarte tatin always sounds like a tricky dessert to make but Mary Berry shows you just how easy it can be. Her juicy and super-sweet plum tart is made using just 4 ingredients - and one of them is ready made pastry, if it's good enough for Mary, it's good enough for us! This colourful dessert serves 8 people so would be the perfect dessert for a big family Sunday roast. Serve it up in lovely generous slices with plenty of thick double cream.


  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • About 79 large firm plums, roughly 500g in total, halved, stones removed
  • 100g marzipan
  • 1 x 320g pack ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry

Mary says: 'If you have small plums, you might need to use a few more to cover the tarte. If your plums are very ripe you will get lots more juice, so tip the juices into a pan and boil rapidly, before pouring over the turned out tarte.'


  1. You will need a 23cm round, fixed-base cake tin, at least 5cm deep. Dont be tempted to use a loose-bottomed cake tin or a springform tin or you will lose all the juices. It is a good idea to bake the tarte on a baking tray in case the juices bubble over the top of the tin. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/Gas 7.
  2. Sprinkle the sugar over the base of the tin in an even layer. Arrange the plums on top of the sugar, cut-side down.
  3. Roll out the marzipan to a round slightly smaller than the tin and place on top of the plums.
  4. Roll out the pastry just a little bit bigger so that it is the width of the cake tin. Place the cake tin on top of the pastry. Using the tin as a guide, cut around the tin to make a circle, then lay the pastry over the plums and tuck the edges of the pastry down around the fruit. Make a small cross in the top of the pastry to let the steam escape during baking.
  5. Bake for 2530 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden and the plums are tender. Loosen the edges of the tarte then turn out on to a plate and serve.

Recipe from Mary Berry Cooks, BBC Books, hardback 20
Photography: Georgia Glynn Smith

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do you think you could do this tart with apples as I don't like plums, I find them too tart as I like my desserts sweet.


Lovely recipe, except when rolling out the marzipan which stuck to the board and I had to scrape it off. The recipe should suggest sprinklings little bit of icing sugar under the marzipan.


This is really easy to make and looks impressive. DO take Mary's advice and place on a baking sheets to avoid spillage. I thought it would be too sickly sweet because of the marzipan but this was offset by the slight tartness of the plums. I served it slightly warm with a little cream but only small portions as it rich and filling.

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