Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Making Prune Tarts - A Family Affair

My mom makes the BEST prune tarts ever . . . no doubt about it!!  That being said, I realized last year that none of the girls in our family knew her recipe!  I wanted my kids and I to learn to make them, and asked her to come and have a "prune tart making day".  We ended up doing it at Charity's house and some of my sisters joined us.

The ones who did it last year enjoyed it so much they wanted to do it again, so on Wednesday, December 15th, Mom came to Charity's and we had another prune tart making day.  We've decided this should definitely be an annual event.  Mom, Charity, Clara, Ramona, Christina and I came for making prune tarts that afternoon . . . we all showed up whenever we could.  My big kids rode the bus there and David brought the younger ones over when they got home from school.  Chet and Rick came for visiting and taste testing:)  We had a potluck supper.

Mom ended up making up the dough this year, although several of the girls helped mix on the different batches.  Charity did a lot of rolling and putting on prunes.  The girls did a lot of cutting and putting the tarts together, and I manned the ovens.

And, now, when I go to load the pictures to my blog, I realize that between the girls using two different cameras, no one took a picture of Mom.  So, here is Mom (from a couple months back!)

Charity rolling out more dough and Tiffany cutting tarts.

Forrest and Bronwyn needed to cut a few, too:)

Tiffany putting on the prunes and Aimee, Bethany and Tamara closing up the tarts.

 Bethany, Clara, Kimberly and Tamara working.

 Charity, Chauntel, Alexa and Ramona.

Prune tarts in various stages of readiness.

Two ovens were not really doing the trick, so I was WAY behind on my job!!  Pans and pans waiting to go in.

All baked and cooling!

Dozens more in containers and cooling.

It was a very successful prune tart making day.  We ended up making over 1,600 tarts - about 135 dozen!!!  Except for one container, all of mine went into the freezer.  As a matter of fact, I think I need to pull one out today.  It's been awhile since I've had one:)

Love, Elva



  1. Wow! that's a lot of prune tarts! Looks like a fun day...and great memories for the kids. Yummy!

  2. Wow, I haven't made prune tarts for years but it sure brings back memories of Christmas when mom (auntie elna) would make these! I can almost taste them!

  3. Makes me very lonesome for you all and hungry for prune tarts too. Love you all!!! Leona

  4. I agree...Mom's are the best prune tarts around! Glad some even walked out to my van...I think I need to go get one out of the freezer now that you reminded me they are there:)