Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cherry Crumb Tart

I am committed to baking through Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi, with the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers, but I missed the July bakes!  The first miss was due to an absence of apricots, and the second was due to an absence of me (vacation).  But I am home now and happy to be back on the baking bus.

This week's recipe is a Cherry Crumb Tart.  Dorie introduced me to baking tarts in Baking from My Home to Yours and I love them because they are beautiful, parts of them can be made ahead, and above all, they are delicious.  The Cherry Crumb Tart was a bit of a project, but it was thoroughly enjoyable to bake.

Dorie suggests using a square tart pan and I had to resist the urge to walk down to the nearby Cook's World and buy one.  But I already own a variety of round tart pans so decided I'd make due with what I had.

In this new book, Dorie says she likes to roll out the tart dough.  I've grown quite fond of her alternative method which is to pat the dough into the pan so that's what I did here.  Once it was in the freezer, I started on the other components of the tart.

I made the streusel topping, using the optional orange zest.  At first I thought the amount of zest would make the topping too orange-y but of course it was just the right amount of tanginess on the finished tart.

Once the streusel was in the refrigerator I made the filling, which was quite easy to do once I found the almond flour which I had sensibly hidden in the freezer.  Since I had the food processor out, I intended to use that but discovered that there was so little butter (only 6 Tbsp.) that the whirling blade didn't reach the butter so I got out my reliable stand mixer.  Using the right tool made it easy.  I intended to use vanilla but after searching through the little bottles of alcohol--all of which we have acquired for cooking and baking--I found the kirsch so in it went.

Later in the day I partially baked the tart shells, then pitted the cherries.  My mother owned a really wonderful cherry pitter which I still have.  Unfortunately, it seems to be missing a critical piece on the pit-plunger so it no longer works!  The hand-held OXO pitter is  functional, but it's not as cool to splat the cherry pits into a bowl as it is to plunk them into a mason jar.

Filling on the partially baked tart shell

My old cherry pitter and the new OXO
The pitted cherries
Tart into the oven
I assembled the tart except for the streusel and popped it into the oven.  I wish I'd taken a picture of how it looked when the filling puffed up around the cherries before I added the streusel.  It was beautiful!

Out of the oven
The finished tart was also beautiful and everyone enjoyed it after dinner.  Another winner as far as I'm concerned.
Onto the serving plate

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  1. Nice job with the 2 tarts! I really like the photo of your cherries sitting in the tart crusts in your oven. I'm inspired me to get a real cherry pitter.

  2. Your old cherry pitter is pretty cool. This was a good tart and yours looks wonderful.

  3. Looks so good! I love the mini tart... They would be perfect for a dinner party. I really do need to get a pitter rather than mess around with this chopstick business!

  4. I like the mother and daughter tart, looking so adorable together. Love to have my hands on an old cherry pitter with a jar.

  5. I have the oxo cheery pitter too! It works well! Your tart looks beautiful and so delectable!

  6. Your tart looks so perfect with the streusel on top.

  7. even if it doesn't really work anymore, that old pitter is a cool thing to have! your big and baby tarts look delish!

  8. "Dorie suggests using a square tart pan and I had to resist the urge to walk down to the nearby Cook's World and buy one. But I already own a variety of round tart pans so decided I'd make due with what I had." This could have been me writing this paragraph! So true!

    Also, I am in lust with your new oxo cherry pitter. And your tart looks great!

  9. That's too bad about your mother's cherry pitter. I wonder if you could find a replacement for the missing piece online? I loved this tart, too.

  10. This really was fabulous. I love the old cherry pitter. I bought a newer one a while back and it was worth every penny.

  11. I love that this dough doesn't require rolling. I always feel successful when I use this recipe! ps I don't think you'll regret buying the square pan. Who really regrets kitchen purchases?!