Mini Plum Tartlets

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My Mini Plum Tartlets are quickly and easily made. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, with a cup of coffee or as a snack. It is definitely a recipe worth making as we, sadly, near the end of the stone-fruit season here in Australia.

Whilst I have used plums in this recipe, if you prefer, you could use other fruits, depending on the season. The beauty of this recipe is that you can customise it, making it suitable to use 365 days of the year. You could use peaches, apricots, apples, pears, rhubarb or berries. Alternatively, use several fruits for a variety of colours and flavours. Regardless of the fruit you use, you will find that the tartlets are always enormously popular.

One great advantage with this recipe is that you don’t have to be an experienced pastry cook to make these Mini Plum Tartlets.

The base of the tartlets is commercially prepared butter puff pastry. Whilst I generally prefer to make things from scratch, I draw the line at puff pastry. I find that the commercial varieties produce an excellent result and they save a great deal of time.

I always ensure that I have puff pastry in the freezer. It is such a versatile ingredient, being suitable for a number of quickly prepared dishes. It takes minutes to make appetisers, main courses or desserts. I find it especially useful for sweet or savoury tartlets. 

However, although it’s a simple matter of using ready-made pastry, there are a few tips to achieve the best result.

If you buy a roll of pastry, it is generally best to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Check the directions on the packet. Importantly, ensure that it has thawed before you attempt to unroll it or it will crack.

Mini Plum Tartlets

If you are using sheets of pastry, as I have here, you can thaw them quickly at room temperature. However, whether a roll or a sheet, the pastry must remain cold. When working with more than one sheet, keep what you are not using in the refrigerator. The pastry should feel cold and slightly bendable and for best results, you must work quickly. If the pastry reaches room temperature, it will wilt and become droopy. Therefore, it will be almost impossible to work with.

After thawing and cutting the puff pastry I top it with a simple cream cheese mixture which I prepare quickly and easily. I sweeten the cream cheese with icing/confectioners’ sugar and flavour with vanilla and lemon zest. Then, I place sliced plum on the cream cheese. Finally, I sprinkle the fruit and pastry with demerara sugar; it provides a lovely crunch and assists with caramelisation. These tartlets contain some of my favourite things in one small package. Finally, one further tip. Never toss out your pastry scraps.  You can use them to make small shapes, sweet or savoury, which are ideal for snacks.

For a sweet version, brush some of the off-cuts with melted butter and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.

They’re lovely with a coffee. For savoury bites that are great with a glass of wine, brush the off-cuts with melted butter and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with paprika or cayenne pepper. Bake them on a tray lined with baking paper. For sure, the shapes are random but they still taste fantastic.

Like most pastry dishes, my Mini Plum Tartlets are at their best served warm from the oven.

I do hope you will try these Mini Plum Tartlets; please let me know in the comments below if you do. They are also delicious served with my Vanilla Ice Cream!

For further puff pastry ideas, see my recipes for Blue Cheese Tarts, Bacon and Onion Tarts, Apricot and Cream Cheese Pastry and Pepperoni Pastries.

Alex xx

Mini Plum Tartlets
5 from 29 votes

Mini Plum Tartlets

These Mini Tartlets are elegant yet easily prepared. Everyone will love them. They’re crisp and flaky and impossible to resist. By using ready-rolled puff pastry you can prepare these Tartlets in minutes. Perhaps you could try them this weekend?

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine International
Keyword delicious, easy, mini, plum, simple, sweet, tartlets
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 tartlets
Calories 221 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 2 sheets frozen butter puff pastry 22 ½ cm/9” square
  • 170 g cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp * icing/confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest finely grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 fresh plums *
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 Degrees C (400F).

    Set the frozen pastry aside to thaw. Do not allow it to become too soft. Return it to the fridge to keep cool if necessary.

  2. Place the cream cheese, icing/confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl. Using hand-held electric beaters*, beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

  3. Halve the plums and remove the stone.

  4. Using a sharp knife, cut each plum half in thin slices about ½ cm/1/8”. Set aside.

  5. Use a 7cm/2 ½“ round cookie cutter to cut 9 circles out of each sheet of pastry.

  6. Using a smaller cookie cutter, mark a circle about 1cm/ ¼“ in from the edges of the pastry circles.

  7. Use a fork to prick the pastry inside the smaller circle.

  8. Dab about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the centre. Spread the filling inside the smaller circle of each pastry.

  9. Arrange the slices of plum on top of the cream cheese mixture.

    Brush the edges of the pastries with the beaten egg. Sprinkle each pastry with about a half teaspoon of demerara sugar.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until the edges of the pastry are a lovely golden brown.

  11. Gently lift the pastries onto a cooling rack.

    Allow the pastry to cool a few minutes before serving. The plum will be very hot.

    The pastries are lovely served warm with our Vanilla Ice Cream.

Recipe Notes

*Always use butter puff pastry, it will produce a superior result.
*Always work with cold pastry. If it becomes too warm it will be difficult to work with and you will not achieve the best result. Place the pastry in the refrigerator to re-chill if necessary. See tips for pastry in the main text above.
*You could use a stand mixer or thoroughly mix the cream cheese by hand.
*The Australian tablespoon is 20ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries the tablespoon is 15ml or 3 teaspoons. Please adjust your measurement if necessary.
*You can use any type of fruit. Select your favourite fruit, depending on the season. You could use peaches, apricots, apples, pears, or berries.

Nutrition Facts
Mini Plum Tartlets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Mini Plum Tartlets
Mini Plum Tartlets - It's Not Complicated Recipes #desserts #easydesserts #pastry #puffpastry #partyfood #easyrecipes #bbq #summerdesserts #plum #tarts #tartlets #sweet #sweettreats
Mini Plum Tartlets - It's Not Complicated Recipes #desserts #easydesserts #pastry #puffpastry #partyfood #easyrecipes #bbq #summerdesserts #plum #tarts #tartlets #sweet #sweettreats

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188 Comments on “Mini Plum Tartlets”

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  2. 5 stars
    Love the combination of fruit and cream cheese – delicious.
    This will be on repeat in my household.

  3. 5 stars
    I love puff pastry! It’s such a versatile and easy base for all sorts of fun recipes. These plum tartlets sound awesome! We’re heading into the warmer seasons here, and I’ve had peaches on the brain lately. It’ll still be several (4?) months until we start to see peaches, but you better believe I’m ready! I want to use this recipe to make peach tarts now! 🙂

  4. So I’m not a big plum fan, but these actually look really tasty! I may take this recipe and substitute the plums for some raspberries or strawberries! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    These look so yummy and fancy! I would love to try these with apples. The coating with cinnamon and sugar sounds delicious!

    1. Yes!! Apples would work so brilliantly for this – you can definitely put your own spin on it, depending on what you feel like/what fruit is in season 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness, these look delicious. This is definitely going in my recipe book. I have two recipe books, ones for meals and the other is for desserts, and the desserts book has more recipes and this is why. I love to bake way more anyways.

  7. These mini tartlets look absolutely delicious and sound like a perfect mini-dessert recipe! Your cover pic makes me hungry and I feel like grabbing it from my laptop right now!

  8. 5 stars
    I love these individual sized portions and your step by step photo instructions make this super simple to follow! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Anything that looks mini is fun to do. I would prefer to have this recipe for snacks. Also, I would be trying this type of dessert for the first time.

  10. 5 stars
    I love this! It is so delicious and easy to prepare for my kids. I am sure they will love it, too!

  11. 5 stars
    These look so delicious and not over complicated. I love the flavor of plum as we used to have a plum tree. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    I’m glad to hear that you don’t have to be a pastry expert to make the tartlets because when it comes to pastry recipes, I love it when my mum makes them than when I do. But I’d appreciate the challenge of making such yummy tartlets.

  13. That looks yummm … Feel like grabbing one right away ?… Would definitely try this recipe ???

  14. I’ll be making some of these for my friend’s kids that i’ll be babysitting tonight! Fingers crossed they look as good as yours (and taste great too)

  15. sounds delicious as well as easy preparation. I would try it at home and inform you my experience too. thanks for sharing this recipe.

  16. These look absolutely delicious. If I was a bit of a cook, I would definitely have a go at these. Alas, it’s not my strong suit.

    Thanks for sharing! x


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  20. I love the idea of the butter and sugar and cinnamon. I enjoy sweet pastries. These really look so gourmet and special. Fabulous recipe!

  21. I have been a fan of of your posts! I especially appreciate the step by step photos – a lot of people dont post those but those are most helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I wanted to prepare something for my wife for a long time as she always complaints about how I never help her in the kitchen. I think mini plum tartlets would definitely bring a smile to her face as I don’t have any experience in cooking but as you said this can be made by a beginner so I am gonna try for sure.

    1. Hi Billie!
      I don’t see why not – I would just make sure that once they are defrosted, you sit them on some paper towel to absorb any excess moisture 🙂

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