Plum Goodness





 This is the final week of Rainbow Summer School for Mrs. Matlock’s class~ the last color of the Rainbow is Violet.


I thought I’d share a plum good book that I enjoyed reading in April, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, served with a plum tart :-) You can see the review of this book in its entirety here.





The main character, seventeen-year-old Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. Color is defining in Jacob’s world. . . clothes have to hang in his closet in rainbow order, orange is a terrifying color~ it means danger to him, and he eats foods based on the day of the week by color



“Five days of the week, in addition to having a limited diet, Jacob eats by color. I don’t really remember how this started, but it’s a routine:  all Monday food is green, all Tuesday food is red, all Wednesday food is yellow and so on. For some reason this helped with his sense of structure.”



 So while he doesn’t have a violet food day, I decided to make a Plum Tart in Jacob’s honor for this final color of the rainbow :-)
























 Plum Good Tart with Oatmeal Cookie Crust



  • Oatmeal  Cookies, crumbled, enough to fill bottom and sides of tart pan, (about half a box for me, depending on the size of your cookie)

  • 2 – 4 T of melted butter

  • 1- 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 jar of lemon curd

  • 4 – 6 ripe plums to cover filling



Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter, spread and push into sides of tart pan. Bake at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes until crumbs are set. Allow crust to cool (about 30 minutes). Combine softened cream cheese & lemon curd. Fill cooled tart shell with filling. Slice plums 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick depending on your preference. Arrange plum slices on top of filling.


 This would be good with all kinds of fruit. . . whatever is in season & would be great with a shortbread cookie crust ~Enjoy!



Stop by  Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Rainbow Fun~ Violet





 and Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday & see what’s being served :-)








  25 comments for “Plum Goodness

  1. Laura
    September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Pretty Plums! Reminds me of going to the refrigerator on the back porch in Mississippi in the summer… Have a good Wednesday!!

  2. Pondside
    September 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

    A short bread crust would be really good – but this looks delicious as is. Good go at ‘violet’ – I’m hoping for inspiration soon!

  3. September 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    How pretty…just visiting from AlphabeThursday…looks yummy…

  4. September 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    yummy looking tart and sweet photo of the rainbow to celebrate violet
    amazing to think that colours can have such an impact on a person’s life

  5. September 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    That tart looks violeticious!

  6. September 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    That plum tart looks delicious, and I love the rainbow picture!

  7. September 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    This looks wonderful. I could sit down a devour a slice with great cup of tea.

  8. September 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Your plum tart with oatmeal crust looks amazing and delicious!! I will have to try this! nibbled on a plum today at lunch… one of my favorite fruits!

  9. September 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I enjoyed reading this book~ I finished it about two weeks ago. Love your plum tart!! Fun to pair a book and a recipe!

  10. Pat
    September 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

    This sounds like an interesting book. Your plum tart looks scrumptious! I like the oatmeal cookie crust idea. Happy Alphabe Thursday!

  11. signed .............bkm
    September 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I have never seen a plum tart…that cookie crust does sound great…bkm

  12. PJ
    September 9, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Jodi Picoult is my favorite modern day author. I devour all that she writes. This plum tart looks and sounds fabulous! Did you shoot those photos? Cookbook worthy!!

  13. September 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    now I am hungry and that rainbow is beautiful!

  14. September 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    GREAT post. And that tart is gorgeous. Even better, the recipe sounds very do-able!


  15. September 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I actually gasped out loud when I saw that tart. YUM. YUMYUMYUM.

  16. September 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Mmmmmmmm….you had me at plums!

  17. September 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! This is a beautiful tart! Makes me want to get some plums and start baking.

  18. Joni
    September 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Your plum tart AND your photos are so lovely! Thanks for the book review. I think I have heard of it or seen a movie of it. Joni

  19. September 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    What exquisite images! Good enough to eat! Your plum tart looks luscious! And that oatmeal cookie crust is one I could use with many recipes! Beautiful and delicious… the perfect post.

  20. September 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Beautiful plum tart! I love plums look forward to trying your recipe. Happy Foodie Friday!

  21. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 10, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Your plum tart looks beautiful! Plums are a favorite fruit for baking because the color is so beautiful-enjoy!

  22. September 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Oh boy does this look good! What time is dessert? :)

  23. September 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

    That plum tart looks plum good ;-) Peace and blessings

  24. September 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Oh my goodness! That plum tart looks delicious! I miss eating plums. My parents have a plum tree in their backyard and it always produces the most delicious plums. They’re much harder (and expensive) to find in Tokyo. See your tart makes me long for a nice plump plum right about now :)

  25. September 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I loved that book. I had a hard time even putting it down once I started it. What a clever use integrating it into this post.

    And your tart looks amazing. I never think of plums for things like that. My husband loves them, though, so I will bookmark this for a try.

    I really enjoyed my little stop here on Rainbow Summer School this week.

    Thank you for linking.


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