Plum tarte tatin with goat’s cheese

Plum tarte tatin with goat’s cheese

I’ll be honest with you, I never really get that excited about fruit in savoury dishes. I think it has something to do with the fact that I don’t really have a massive sweet tooth. However this marriage of soft sticky plums with the sharp creamy goat’s cheese works really well. 

The onion jam in this recipe is a great addition too, and it helps to cut through the richness of the cheese. You can make a big batch of it and it will keep for a few months in a sterilised jar in the fridge. It’s perfect in a grilled cheese sandwich and amps up a gravy for a classic sausage and mash.  

This dish lends itself really well to the creamy and tangy notes of a soft goat’s cheese, but a Brie or Camembert-style cheese would also work well. You just want something that’s going to melt into those delicious sweet and sticky plums and the onion jam, coating everything in a decadent cheesy blanket. Pure bliss!

Plum tarte tatin with goat’s cheese

This recipe marries soft sticky plums and sweet onion jam with the sharp creamy goat’s cheese. It is truly delicious and can be enjoyed either hot or cold – making it perfect for a picnic.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
For the onion jam25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine: british, French
Keyword: British cheese, cheese, cheese recipe, goat’s cheese, plums, tarte tatin
Servings: 4 people


For the plum tarte tatin

  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g golden caster sugar
  • 200 g onion jam (see recipe below)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Sprig of thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 g plums, halved and stones removed
  • Sheet of puff pastry
  • 140 g goat’s cheese, sliced
  • Flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

For the onion jam (makes about 200g)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 g butter
  • 300 g onions
  • 35 g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt


  • First make the onion jam. Heat the olive oil and the butter in a small frying pan over a low heat for a few minutes until the butter has melted.
  • Thinly slice the onions and add to the pan with the salt. Allow them to caramelise in the pan for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently so the onions don’t burn.
  • Once the onions are golden in colour, add the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and heat for a further 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Taste for seasoning.
  • Remove from the heat and decant into a sterilised jar if you're not going to use it immediately. It should keep for up to 2 months in the fridge, but if you’re like me it never lasts that long.
  • For the tarte tatin, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  • Add the butter, caster sugar, onion jam, balsamic vinegar, honey and thyme leaves to a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and become thick, stirring regularly so the mixture doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  • Take a 20cm tart tin or frying pan and use it to cut out a circle from the sheet of puff pastry. You can put the pastry on a plate and put it in the freezer for a few minutes to make it easier to work with.
  • Add the sauce to the tart tin or saucepan and place the halved plums on top of the sauce, cut side facing down. Place the pastry over the top of the plums and tuck it in round the sides of the tart pan.
  • Put in the centre of the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and cooked through.
  • Remove the tart from the oven, and allow to cool slightly. Run a knife around the edge of the pastry to make it easier to remove from the pan. Place a large serving plate over the top of the tart tin and quickly turn it over so the tin is on top and the tart is on the plate. Take care when doing this as the tin will still be hot.
  • Add the slices of goat’s cheese to the tart while it is warm so it melts. Garnish with the chopped parsley.
  • The tart can be enjoyed straight away but is just as good cold.

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