Pflaumenkuchen (German Plum Tart)

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 50 mins

This is considered to be THE German fruit tart. Traditionally this is baked on yeast pastry, but the sweet German pastry is also a perfect base. It must be made with cold butter and the dough chilled before using, otherwise there is a tendency to add additional flour, which is a mistake. The crust rises up between the fruits and the delicious juices are absorbed into the pastry.


  1. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut in cold butter and and work with the fingers for the pie crust until the butter is the size of peas.
  3. Stir in sugar and the beaten egg.
  4. Stir with a fork until mixture gathers together. Chill 15 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Using a piece of wax paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the hands, press onto the bottom and sides of a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  6. Wash, dry, halve lengthwise, and stone the plums. Stand them on edge in rows very close together on the pastry.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool, then cover with sifted powdered sugar.
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This brings back childhood memories :) I made this with gluten free flour and margarine to be dairy free, and it worked like a spell. Love this kind of plum tart!!<br/>Thanks for sharing.<br/>Made for PAC Spring 2014

Mia in Germany May 14, 2014

I just made this with plums picked from our tree just hours earlier. It was very nice, shame I didn't think to take a photo - I will next time, as I will definitely be making this again! Thank you, it was just like the ones we used to buy from bakeries in Switzerland

carzands January 03, 2010