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MAGDA'S HOMESTYLE PLUM TORTE
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup ice water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
Hazelnut mixture (optional):
1/2 cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons light brown granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 lbs (about 5) plums, cut into -inch slices
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup apricot jam, strained
To prepare filling, cream sugar and butter in mixer. Add remaining ingredients. Beat until well incorporated.
Make hazelnut mixture: pulse the ingredients in a food processor until hazelnuts are finely ground.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place rack in lower third of oven. To assemble torte, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out pâté brisée 1/8 inch thick. Trim edges to form an 18x16-inch rectangle and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle optional hazelnut mixture over dough, leaving 3-inch border all around. Spread filling evenly over hazelnut mixture. Arrange plums in rows on top, slightly overlapping the slices and alternating the direction of each row. Sprinkle plums with the 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Fold dough to enclose edges and brush the edges with egg wash. Chill 30 minutes.
Bake 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees, and bake until pastry is golden brown and plums softened, about 30 minutes more. Transfer to wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Heat jam in small saucepan over low heat and brush evenly over plums.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Yield: 8 - 10 servings