Hi guys, I hope you are doing fine and enjoying the bit of summer on this lovely week-end. August is a great month because we finally get plenty of plums to eat and it is just a delight to savor each of them while reading on the balcony.
We have a lot of recipes to share with you about plums but today it’s all about the Reine-Claude, greengage in English and Reneklode in German (or however you want to wright it, Germans are really creative about this name!).
For the story, the Reine-Claude (if it’s ok for you I’ll use the French name because the English one doesn’t really sound delicious) has been first bred in France from wild plums from Asia. This fruit is named in honor of the Reine Claude (= Queen Claude in English), queen of the King Francis I. The plum is round-oval, green and a little bit bigger as a Mirabelle plum. It is the first plum you’ll find on the market, about mid of July.
As I was thinking about next day’s meal including a tarte aux Reine-Claude, Sophie asked me very quietly if it would be a little tiny bit possible to maybe do something different. Not that she doesn’t love a good tarte (so she said) but it’s always good to try different things. So I looked on the Internet and I found the recipe for a pastry ready in less than 5 min, the Quark-Öl-Teig. The main ingredient you will need is quark which is a very common dairy product here in Germany.
I´m really happy with this recipe because the pastry is easy and quick to make and also wonderful to handle.
125g (2/3 cup) quark
4 tbs vegetable oil
4 tbs milk
200g (1 1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
1 ts baking powder
3 tbs sugar
Fruits of your choice (if you use stone fruits such as plums remove the stone)
This recipe is so simple, it’s even hard to make a proper description!
- Mix the dry ingredients together
- Add the vegetable oil, the milk and the quark. Mix it well (use your food processor if you are lazy like me).
- On a clean surface with some flour, use a rolling pin to shape the dough into the desired form and place it in your baking tin.
- Wash the fruits, cut them in half or into quarter, lay the fruits on the pastry and toss it in the oven at 200°C (400°F, Gas mark 6).
- Take it out of the oven when it is lightly golden and a little bit crisp on top,
- Enjoy and please leave us a comment below if you tried it (or want to).