Gluten Free Ginger Plum Tart

Congrats to most of you teachers and parents out there that made it through the first week of school. Or, if you haven’t started yet, enjoy your last weekend of freedom returning back to school/work. I was never really all too thrilled to go back to school. I mean, I was happy to go see my friends again and just get back to the day to day routine of learning. It is just that night before the first day of school that is always the worst.

When I was in grade school, I would make my Mom read me at least 5 chapters from Babysitter’s Little Sister before she tucked me in for the night. Then I would toss and turn out of fear and excitement. Eventually I would give up and go to the good old, “Mom. M-aaahhh-mmm. M-ahhhh-aaahhh-mmm” call. She would sleepily shuffle into my room and reassure me. Eventually I would fall asleep only to be awoken by my drill sergeant Dad the next morning.

When I was in high school, I would always have nightmares I would get lost or trip in front of whichever boy I had a crush on that month. One year, my embarrassing nightmare came to life. My sophomore year, to be specific, I got lost and went to the wrong classroom in real life. I sat there for five minutes before I realized I had already had math earlier and I was definitely not where I was supposed to be. I had to get up, tell the teacher I was in the wrong class, and walk out of the classroom in front of a bunch of other students. Mortifying.

I should probably mention, once again, I was a sophomore so I was not new to the school. Also, my school was one level and in the shape of a square doughnut. People getting lost or not being able to find classes didn’t really happen all that much.

In college, the first week was nothing! Syllabus week! Oh, what a joy that week became as we aged. I remember freshman year as a biology major, I carried every single hardcover book with me to every single class. I had no idea that for most classes, you rarely reference the textbook. Silly freshman Stefanie.

Now, those days are long gone. Soon enough I will be reassuring my little guy before his first day by telling him these stories. Or maybe horrifying him… Who knows.

Until then, I am still caught up in a bad romance with summer fruit. Today my fruit of choice is the simple plum. Plum and fresh ginger. This combo cannot be beat. It pairs so nicely with the almond crust. This tart will be a show stopper for sure, especially if you have the patience to arrange all the plum slices in a nice pattern. As you can see, I did not. It is still summer, and I can be lazy if I want to!

Gluten Free Ginger Plum Tart

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • For the Crust:
  • 2 ½ Cups Almond Meal
  • 5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil/Unsalted Butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg White
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 4 Cups Pitted and Sliced Plums
  • 5 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 2/3 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Grated Ginger
  • Juice ½ Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Cold Unsalted Butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add crust ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are moist. Pour the crust mixture into the tart pan. Press into one even layer over the bottom and sides of the tart pan using your hands.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, mix together the plums, corn starch, sugar, salt, lemon, and ginger. Pour the fruit filling over the crust. Arrange in one even layer. Dot the top of the fruit with the cold butter.
  4. Bake the tart in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the crust is deeply golden. Check during the last ten minutes to make sure the top edges do not burn. Cool completely before slicing.

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  • Nicol
    November 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I know it is not the right season for plums but I just found a fantastic price on the sweetest black beauty plums.. needless to say I bought enough to be able to make something special for Thanksgiving.. and thank you for having this beautiful recipe available.. not to get my hands on a large bag of almonds (I am almost out)..

  • Maggie
    October 11, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Hi Stefanie, I just put the tart in the oven but now I’m a bit worried about the word almond meal, I used ground pure almonds for this and mixed it with the other ingredients, so far it looks ok but if you could let me know what almond meal consists of I would be grateful since I never heard of it, by the way I live in Malta and I’m not sure if we have that here! Will post later to let you know if it was a disaster one not!! :-))

    • Stefanie
      October 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

      No worries, almond meal is just very finely ground almonds. Hopefully the tart turned out for you!

  • Jeanine
    September 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, yum!! Plums and ginger sound incredible together!

  • Cookie and Kate
    August 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    THIS is my kind of dessert. Amazing. I’ve been out of school for, ahem, years now and I don’t have any kids, so the whole back-to-school thing is blissfully uneventful for me now.

  • Audrey
    August 27, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I just was given a load of plums and my son-in-law eats only gluten-free foods so I’d love to try this. Just one question: what size tart pan did you use? Thanks!

    • Stefanie
      August 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

      The tart pan I used is approx an 11 inch round. Hope you love this recipe as much as me and my husband did!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple
    August 24, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Isn’t it funny how we all still carry around every school trauma years later? I wouldn’t mind being a little younger than I am but I DO NOT want to go back to school age. Thank heaven that’s over. 🙂 Gorgeous tart, by the way. Makes me want to go out and get some plums ASAP.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    August 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    So yummy and gorgeous looking! I totally heart the combo of ginger and plum, too!

  • DessertForTwo
    August 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I loved reading about your school days 🙂

    I’m pinning this! I have a sweet friend that I’m always making GF desserts for 🙂

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    August 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Pretty! And I love the flavor combos here. Summery but still something you could pull off in the early fall. I’d eat the whole dang thing. (But is that so unusual?)

  • Stephanie
    August 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    First of all, this looks AMAZING! I feel like I used to ignore plum in baking and once I came to my sense and embraced their sweet-tartness I regretted waiting so long. The crust looks fabulous too.

    Secondly, That highschool moment sounds so embarrassing! When I was in university I used to have nightmares that I would suddenly realize that I missed a final exam and panic. Then in my last semester of my last year I was studying for my LAST final exam that afternoon… and suddenly realized the exam had been that morning. It was over and I had missed it! So whenever people talk about school stress and dreaming about messing up a class or missing an exam I’m all “It happened to me! And it’s JUST AS TERRIBLE as you dream it would be!”