Cherries are a Drake family favorite. I have one sister who seems to live on sweet cherries all summer long. I love them myself; a bowl of sweet and tangy cherries for dessert is the best! Once I made a whole dinner with cherries of one form or another in every recipe. Rave reviews from everyone.
Pies should be made with sour not sweet cherries. Not sure why, cause you gotta add sugar anyway but it is the way of the cherry. I love sour cherry pie…but, I never ate cherry pie as a kid because I couldn’t trust my mom to pick out any worms she saw in the home grown cherries she used for pies. So I cheated myself out of many slices of delicious cherry pie. This past summer I picked a lot of sour cherries and pitted them all. One pie for now and the rest measured and frozen. No worms, I promise!
At Christmas I made this yummy frangipane tart (almond tart) full of cherries for my family. Yes, I used some of my frozen ones. Somehow I forgot to share it here on my blog. Since it is the week we celebrate President’s Day [think George Washington and that cherry tree] it seemed appropriate to pass it on to you all. Besides it is my “Year of the Pie” and tarts count! I totally want to make it again soon. Hmmnn, think there is one more bag of cherries in my freezer…
The recipe comes from my new bestie gf baking book; Gluten-Free Baking Classics The Heirloom Collection by Annalise Roberts. I didn’t change it at all. Perfection with cherries. I am telling you, this cookbook is worth buying just for the pie section!
Cherry Frangipane Tart
1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)
2 tbsp sweet rice flour
1 Tbps. granulated sugar
½ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
6 Tbps. cold butter cut into 6 chunks
1 lg egg
2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice
Spray 9 inch metal tart pan (with removable bottom) with cooking spray, dust with white rice flour. I actually used a ten inch ceramic tart pan; worked fine too. Use the tart pan you have.
Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer. Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal. Add egg and juice. Mix until it comes together into big chunks. Shape into a ball with your hands. Put it on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust ball some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes while you make the filling.
Roll out pie crust between the two sheets of wax paper; try to get the thickness even, no thick middle! My sister Karen gave me a pie bag last year and I love it for an even thin crust. You can get one on line from King Arthur Flours. Peel off one side of paper and place in pie pan, centered. Remove other slice of wax paper. Crimp edges all around. Bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees, cool before filing. Crust can’t be hot or the almond and butter filling will melt when you spread it over the crust!
½ c unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
1 cup almond meal
1 tbsp. brown rice flour mix
1 tbsp. Amaretto
1 tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. salt
3 cups pitted sour cherries
Beat butter and sugar in bowl of large mixer until pale and fluffy. Add egg and other ingredients except cherries; beat it all together with a mixer at low speed until well blended.
Put tart together:
Fill cooled crust with frangipane mixture spread over bottom of the baked tart crust. Then spread the pitted cherries evenly over the top. I put them on, one at a time to make sure they looked the best I could do. No “just dump them” for this tart…
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, until tart is puffed and light brown across the whole surface. Take out of the oven and cool at least 1 hour before removing the side ring. Serve warm or close to room temperature.
Note: if you use frozen cherries; measure and weigh frozen. Let them defrost, pat off excess moisture and spread them over the filling.
Brown Rice Flour Mix (same as King Arthur GF Flour Mix)
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour