fresh cherry tarts

fresh cherry tarts

Cherries make me homesick. I don’t have any childhood memories of cherries, in fact when I think about where I’m from, cheese & beer is what comes first to my mind. It’s my mom who loves cherries and she often talks about her trips to the Door County, WI cherry orchards where she picks them by hand. I always make sure I have some fresh cherries if she comes to visit in the summertime.

She and my Dad will be here next week. I’m traveling again and this time it’s for two solid weeks (Portland then Alaska). Normally I’m only gone for a few days or a week at a time, so this time we decided we need Nana and Papa here to make it easier on the girls.

Time to stock up on fresh cherries!

fresh cherries

I spied a fresh cherry tart on Pinterest and it looked so good I had to try it. I made a few changes {what chef doesn’t, right?} and it was a real treat. The graham cracker crust flavor is definitely present so be sure you love that flavor before you try this. Or just make the filling; that’s really the best part anyway. I diced the cherries, soaked them in grand marnier {what else is new?} and layered them with the filling. Holy shitake, it was good!

fresh cherry tarts

This is another one of those make-ahead desserts that would be great for a party or end of summer picnic. Bite-sized tarts with just one cherry in the center would be adorable! The original recipe for this cherry tart called for making one large tart but I opted to make individual tarts and a second batch of just the parfaits with grand marnier cherries. So many ways you could serve this – fresh raspberries or blackberries would be wonderful and colorful.

cherry tarts

I know one thing for sure: my mom is going to love these! I’m going to store them in the basement refrigerator and leave her with a note that says to check there for a treat! (Don’t worry…she and my dad are never on their computer and the odds of them reading this before 2014 is slim to none :)


    • says

      I will, Maura. I’m going up with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and it sounds like we’ll be doing a lot of fun things! I’m staying a few days in Anchorage, too, because my sister lives there. Should be a great time!

  1. says

    This sounds so good with the chocolate graham cracker crust! I bet your Mom will be delighted. The parfaits layered with the soaked cherries sound amazing too. Wish I could open my refrigerator to find both!

  2. says

    Your mom will be so excited when she sees these I bet! What are you doing in Alaska? I’m guessing Portland is for IFBC. I’m not going to make it there but I’m thinking about going to Mixed in November – have you thought about that going to that conference?

    • says

      Yep, Portland is IFBC and Alaska is with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. I’ve done some work with them before (they’re the ones who sent me to IFBC last year) and this time we’ll be doing some hiking and fishing! My sister lives in Anchorage so I’m spending a few days with her in between. I’m trying to switch my schedule around so I can go to Mixed, although I’ve never gone to a conference unless I’ve been sponsored so not sure I want to fork over the dough myself. But I know Paula and would love to support her so I’m going see if I can make it happen. Would love to see you again!!

  3. says

    Graham crackers and fruit are so perfect together, I don’t know why more people don’t branch out beyond key lime pie. This looks absolutely wonderful! (Grand Marnier-soaked cherries. Yes!)


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