I felt incredibly lucky to be able to make this tasty little tart. Cherry season is here and gone in a flash and I scooped up the last of the season just in time for this.
I started to get a good feeling while reading the ingredient list; cardamom and orange sounded like the perfect additions to make this special. Beckett’s Table has a peach cobbler in the summer that I adore and has a similar pairing of summer fruit and orange flavor.
The streusel topping was pretty easy to blend together and smelled heavenly. I loved that it could be made ahead.
The almond filling is whirred together in the food processor and really ends up more like a paste. This is best when refrigerated at least an hour which worked out perfectly since we were in the middle of a Netflix tv show marathon while I was making this.
Back when my work was getting produce boxes I had the opportunity to buy a completely ridiculous amount of cherries. I’m pretty sure it was 20lbs or so. I bought a cherry pitter in order to process that monstrosity of pits and it came in handy for this.
At this point it’s really just assembling the tart and getting it in the oven. The paste and cherries go in to be baked first.
I absolutely loved how puffed this got when you took it out to add streusel. I definitely had a good feeling about the end product at this point.
The final tart doesn’t really do this justice in pictures. For me this tart’s magic was in the spicy citrus smell of the streusel and the texture of the whole cherries in the creamy filling. I didn’t add any powdered sugar as this tart was already a little on the sweet side for me. When I make this next season I might serve it with a little creme fraiche or even sour cream.
This tart was a big hit. While I wouldn’t say that cherries are my favorite treat I feel confident that this is my favorite dessert where they are featured. The combination of flavors provided more interest than your typical tart and the orange flavor surprises with how well it pairs with a summer fruit. This recipe is definitely one I will use again when I can get fresh cherries.