Rustic Plum Ricotta Tart with Fillo Pastry

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This rustic plum ricotta tart has a flaky fillo pastry base, a layer of sweet ricotta filling, juicy plums and crunchy almonds. Delicious with ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.


Thank you Fillo Factory for sponsoring today’s post so that I can share this easy plum ricotta tart recipe with all of you. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.


A plum tart with fillo pastry crust served with ice cream.


Family Memories


My grandparents had the best backyard – one acre of the best playground in the world! There wasn’t a jungle gym or swing set in it as we have for our grandkids, but we didn’t need it. We did have a transmission tower we climbed like little monkeys, which didn’t always end well.


As kids, we also climbed their decades-old Damson and Mirabelle plum trees that bordered the yard.  On the west side of the house were a couple of apple trees, one quince tree, and a century-old walnut tree. They were all perfect for climbing and snacking. Concord grapes that hung over trellis provided much-needed shade and more snacks.


Grandma made us work in her vegetable garden whenever we visited. Weeding wasn’t a very popular chore among us kids, but what chore really is? Another chore we hated was picking the plums.


Every fall, our whole family gathered for plum picking. It was an important event for the men because as far as they were concerned, making plum brandy was the sole reason for growing plum trees.


While they were busy distilling, grandma baked and cooked the plum jam. If I close my eyes and picture my grandma’s plum tart, pie, or strudel, I can almost smell their sweet aroma.  A pinch of cinnamon turns even a rustic tart into a holiday treat.



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Plum tart with ricotta and fillo dough base.


Memories Last Forever


Even though my grandparents passed away a long time ago, I’m still heartbroken that the new owners turned their beautiful yard into a parking lot. The plum trees are gone, the house is now an auto shop, and asphalt covers my grandma’s vegetable garden.


But there’s no amount of cement that can cover the memories created there. I hope that the small orchard in our backyard will do just that for my grandkids.


Our little Damson plum tree bloomed this year for the first time but didn’t bear fruit. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we get some next year. This rustic plum ricotta tart would be just that much more special with my own plums.


Rustic plum tart with ricotta cheese.




Follow these few simple steps and you will get the most aromatic rustic plum tart, just like my grandmother used to make.


  1. Combine ricotta cheese with lemon zest, vanilla, and honey. Set aside.
  2. Toss plum slices with sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch.
  3. Layer buttered fillo sheets into your tart pan, with edges hanging over the edges of the pan. Spread ricotta evenly over the top fillo layer.
  4. Top with plum slices and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Fold in the overhanging fillo. Cut off excess if necessary. Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve rustic plum tart warm or at room temperature topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


That’s pretty easy, right? And don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, it adds to the tart’s rustic charm. It is not any less delicious, though!


How to make rustic plum ricotta tart.




Just a few notes to make the baking of this plum tart even easier.


  • You can use any kind of plums. I used Santa Rosa.
  • If your plums are firm, you can use a mandoline to slice them about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Arrange your plums any way you want. Or don’t, for a more rustic look.
  • Have all your ingredients ready before handling the fillo pastry. Work fast as it dries quickly and becomes brittle. Keep the rest of fillo tightly wrapped and refrigerated until next use (see recipe suggestions).




Store plum tart covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.




Frozen fillo dough can be refrozen for up to three weeks or refrigerated for a week after opening. Fresh fillo will keep in the fridge for up to four weeks (keep the packaging sealed so they don’t dry out).




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Fillo Factory Fillo Dough

The fillo dough you use absolutely can make or break your recipe. A good quality, not too fragile fillo sheets will make your experience with it an enjoyable one. I love Fillo Factory’s organic fillo dough, used in this recipe but there’s a variety you can choose from.


Wilton Non-Stick Tart Pan

You can get any brand tart pan, but I’m never disappointed by Wilton. It is usually my go-to for baking needs.


Mandoline Slicer

I love all-in-one gadgets! This mandoline slicer is adjustable, with 3 Interchangeable blades, removable tray, a cut resistant kitchen glove & cleaning brush, plus few other neat things, you just have to check out for yourself.



Slicing the rustic plum tart.

A slice of rustic plum tart with ice cream.


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Rustic Plum Ricotta Tart with Fillo Pastry |
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Rustic Plum Ricotta Tart with Fillo Pastry

This rustic, delicious plum ricotta tart is easy to assemble with fresh plums, ricotta cheese, and fillo pastry.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time29 mins
Total Time44 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bosnian
Servings: 8
Author: Jas


  • 4 sheets of thawed Fillo Factory fillo dough
  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) butter, melted
  • 2 pounds plums about 7-8 pitted and sliced
  • 9 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix together ricotta cheese, lemon zest, vanilla, and honey. Set aside.
  • Place plums in a large bowl and add in sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Toss gently with your hands until well combined.
  • Grease an 11-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Place one fillo sheet in the pan. Edges of fillo should hang over edges of the pan. Lightly brush the fillo sheet with butter. Make sure to brush the hanging sides as well. Continue to layer three more sheets of fillo brushing each layer (and sides) with butter and rotating sheets to cover the pan.
  • Pour ricotta mixture into the tart. Arrange plum slices in rows on top. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if using.
  • Gently fold the overhanging fillo up over the top of the tart (see recipe notes) and brush with remaining butter.
  • Bake until fillo is golden brown and plums are soft, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool slightly before carefully removing the tart from mold, slicing, and serving.


  • You can use any kind of plums. I used Santa Rosa.
  • If your plums are firm, you can use a mandoline to slice them about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Arrange your plums any way you want. Or don't, for a more rustic look.
  • Have all your ingredients ready before handling the fillo pastry. Work fast as it dries quickly and becomes brittle. Keep the rest of fillo tightly wrapped and refrigerated until next use (see recipe suggestions). 
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19 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    This looks beautiful and delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Reply
      January 9, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Hali! Glad you think so.

  2. Reply
    January 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Yum, I am pinning this one. My daugher’s favorite fruit is a plum and this will make a wonder birthday “cake” for her April birthday.

    1. Reply
      January 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      I’m sure she’ll like it, Kippi! Happy early birthday to her!

  3. Reply
    January 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Like the recipe!

    1. Reply
      January 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Thank you!

  4. Reply
    Nicole Branan
    January 1, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    This tart looks incredible, such beautiful photography and a mouthwatering recipe. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Reply
      January 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Awe, thank you so much, Nicole! Hope your 2019 brings you everything you hope for. xx

  5. Reply
    December 31, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful pie – sad story! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a wonderful New Year!

    1. Reply
      January 2, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Helen. Wishing you a prosperous 2019!

  6. Reply
    December 30, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    What a beautiful tart, Jas! I love that for those fantastic results, you made it pretty low effort. Fillo IS a little magical!

    1. Reply
      January 2, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Mollie! I agree with you about the fillo. 🙂 Wishing you joy and health for 2019 and always. Hugs

  7. Reply
    The Girl Next Door
    December 30, 2018 at 9:01 am

    This Plum Ricotta Tart looks and sounds so good! 🙂 The big sweet tooth that I am, I think I would love this!

    1. Reply
      December 30, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      I hope you like it, it was a hit in my house 🙂 Happy New Year!

  8. Reply
    December 29, 2018 at 5:52 am

    I don’t remember it being an issue with pecans, but that was a long tome ago Jas.

  9. Reply
    December 27, 2018 at 3:15 am

    A lovely story of the memories you have of your grandmother. My grandmother had pecan trees in here back garden and our job as youngsters was to pick the fallen pecans. At this stage in my life making plum brandy seems like much more fun, but not as fun as making your plum tart. I’ll pin this and when our damsons are ready next summer your tart will be made.

    1. Reply
      December 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Oh, picking my grandma’s walnuts was even worse! The outer hull stains your fingers. Is it the same with pecans?

  10. Reply
    December 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    That sounds delicious! It would be fabulous with those damson plums, and probably my favorite greengage plums as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Reply
      December 27, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      It would be great with any kind of plums! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for stopping in and happy holidays!

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