Plum and marzipan tart with orange mascarpone

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4-6

From The Hairy Bikers' Cook Off


For the tart

  • flour, for dusting
  • about 275g/10oz readymade all-butter puff pastry
  • 500g/1lb 2oz white marzipan
  • 500g/1lb 2oz plums, cut in half, stones removed, then each half cut in half again
  • light muscovado sugar, to taste
  • 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten

For the orange mascarpone

  • 250g/9oz mascarpone
  • 1 small orange, grated zest and juice only
  • 1 tbsp orange flower water
  • 25g/1oz icing sugar


  1. For the tart, preheat the oven to 200C/ 400F/gas 6. Line a square or rectangular baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the pastry to a 0.5cm/⅛in thickness. Use the rolling pin to lift it onto the baking tray and trim to fit.

  3. Roll out the marzipan so that it will sit on top of the pastry leaving a 3cm/1in clear border of pastry all the way round, then place it on top of the pastry.

  4. Dot the plums on top of the marzipan, then sprinkle with the sugar (how much you use will depend on the sweetness of the plums; remember the marzipan is very sweet).

  5. Brush the pastry border with the beaten egg then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed up and golden-brown and the marzipan is nice and gooey.

  6. Meanwhile, for the orange mascarpone, beat all the orange mascarpone ingredients together.

  7. Serve slices of the hot tart with the cold mascarpone cream.