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|
|Out of the oven|
|Onto the serving plate|