Fresh Cherry Tart + 5 Tart Recipes You Need to Check Out!

 

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The cherries were on sale.  Fresh from Washington state, Bing cherries, $4.99 a pound! the sign read.  I stared at the individually wrapped 2 lb bags of cherries.  That’s still $9 for cherries.  No keep walking I told myself, but they were taunting me. I could almost taste their sweet, slightly tart juice and meaty flesh.  My mind started racing with recipe ideas: cherry salsa? hand-pies? trifle? I could eat them raw while watching Chopped.  The possibilities were endless.  After much back and forth, I found myself standing at the checkout counter paying for a $9 bag of beautiful cherries.

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I don’t regret it.  We snacked on the raw cherries, the kids taking turns with the cherry pitter, cherry juice staining their mouths and hands.  I managed to save half of the cherries and tuck them safely behind a gallon of unopened milk in the refrigerator.  The next day I made a fresh cherry tart, a Martha Stewart recipe I had my eyes on for weeks.

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I made a couple of changes.  Her recipe called for a graham cracker crust and I opted for a crunchy, sweet and delectable Cracklin’ Oat Bran crust.  My sister-in-law introduced me to this crust when she made Dorothy’s Fresh Blueberry Pie, again swapping out a traditional crust for this bit of crunchy food heaven.

fct588The Cracklin’ Oat Bran crust came together as easily as any graham cracker crust.  Once the crust cooled, I spread a silky honey and cream cheese mixture to the edges of the crackling crust.  I topped the tart with fresh cherries and a bit of raspberry glaze; I placed the tart in the refrigerator to chill and occupied myself with the kids outside.

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Patience is a virtue, but not my virtue…or Bubba’s…or the kids.  I sliced into this tart as soon as 30 minutes of chilling time passed.  Patience and willpower be damned!

Fresh Cherry Tart

Serves 8

recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Cracklin’ Oat Bran Crust from Food 52

Ingredients for Filling:

6 ounces from bar of cream cheese, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup of honey (mild)

zest of 1 lime

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 lb Bing cherries, pitted and halved

1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam

Ingredients for Cracklin’ Oat Bran Crust:

1 1/2 cups finely ground Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 375F.  Using a food processor with a blade attachment, pulse the cereal until fine.  Be sure to measure the cereal after you grind it.  You want 1 1/2 cups of ground cereal.

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground cereal with the melted butter until evenly combined.  The cereal should look like wet sand.

Dump the cereal/butter mixture into a 9 or 10 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.  Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press mixture evenly along the bottom of the tart pan and up the sides.

Bake the crust for about 9 minutes, but start checking it at 7 minutes.  The crust is ready when it is dry and a deeper shade of brown.  Cool on a wire rack before filling.

Directions for Cherry Filling:

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and honey on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the cream and continue to beat until soft peaks form.  (I switched from the paddle attachment to the beater attachment at this point.)  Gently fold in lime zest.

Spread mixture in cooled crust and top with cherries.

Using a small sauce pan, combine raspberry jam and 1 teaspoon of water.  Heat over low heat until liquefied, a couple of minutes.  Grab your pastry brush and dab the cherries with the glaze.  Cover the tart and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.  Enjoy!

5 Can’t Miss Tart Recipes!

If you love key lime pie check out Whisk Kid’s lime curd tart recipe.  This tart looks so refreshing!

I love when stone fruits start popping up at farmer’s markets and the grocery store.  When you see these beauties again why not make a tart?  Head to Apt. 2B Baking Co for a simple stone fruit tartlet recipe.

Pretty soon gardens will burst with beautiful tomatoes and being a tomato lover I can’t wait.  Brooklyn Supper’s tomato chevre tart is on my must make list.

Looking for a healthy spin on a butter tart? Head to My New Roots and check out a better butter tart recipe.  I am fascinated!

When apples are in season again, Flourishing Foodie’s salted caramel apple tart will make an appearance on my table.  I don’t want to wish the summer away, but I can’t wait!

Cherry Galette

We are moving in less than 10 days. It is hard to believe. We brought both of our babies home to this house. It is a place full of good and bad memories, struggles and triumphs. I am sad to leave it. Three months ago we decided to put our condo on the market and it sold in 6 days. We were shocked. For years we have complained about the busy street and the lack of a yard for the kids and our dog, Alice. We are frantically looking for a house to buy but nothing we see feels like a good fit. So we will rent for a while. We will be in a state of transition with no end date in site. I like to feel settled so this feels especially hard. I am surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap and incredibly stressed out but we need to eat and dessert is a must in our house.

I spotted cherries at the market the other day and I couldn’t resist buying a bunch. They are a favorite in our household. Typically we eat them straight out of the bag or I throw them into a salad. I saw a recipe for Rhubarb Galette on Top with Cinnamon  http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/and decided to make a cherry version.

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I attempted to make an oat flour dough but I was impatient. I worked the dough too hard. I didn’t let it rest. The butter was too warm. It was a mess. I am preoccupied with the move. I feel out of sorts. I need to be gentle with myself. Luckily, I had a Trader Joe’s pie crust in the fridge. I let it thaw, mixed the cherries with a little sugar, cornstarch and juice and piled on top of the dough. I brushed the crust with milk and sprinkled it with raw sugar. I will make the oat flour crust at some point but for now things need to be easy.

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It baked for 20 minutes at 400 and another 20 minutes at 350.

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I served it with vanilla ice cream. Both Bubba and kids loved it.

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Cherry Galette

Inspired by Top with Cinnamon’s Rhubarb Galette and Dinner A Love Story’s Apple Galette

For the Crust:

1 Frozen Trader Joe’s or Pillsbury pie dough thawed or a homemade dough

For the Filling:

1 lb pound cherries, stems removed and pitted and sliced in half

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp of juice (Any kind of juice will work here. I used orange but fresh lemon or lime juice also works well.)

2 tsp cornstarch

milk or buttermilk for brushing the crust (I used mil.k)

raw sugar for sprinkling on the crust

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 400.

Pit and slice cherries in half. Mix cherries with sugar, cornstarch and juice. Toss to coat and set aside to macerate.

Cut a piece of parchment paper so it fits a large cookie sheet. Place the parchment paper on your work surface and dust with flour. Unwrap thawed but still cold pastry dough, dust with flour, and roll out into a large circle about 12 inches.

Pile the cherry mixture into the center of the dough, leaving the juice behind. Leave about a 2 inch border.

Fold pastry dough in, pressing gently. Brush the pastry with milk or buttermilk and sprinkle the dough with raw sugar. Dot with butter and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 20 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or plain.