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Rustic Cherry Tart

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Bake fresh cherry filling on top of this easy 5-minute pie dough and you’ve got yourself a delicious cherry dessert that any novice baker can master — Rustic Cherry Tart.

I’m in love with Summer fruit pies, especially free-form rustic tarts, also known as galettes. You can make them with homemade or refrigerated pie dough. The best part is there’s no fuss trying to fit the crust into a pie pan and you don’t have to worry about making perfectly crimped edges.

With this Rustic Cherry Tart recipe, you simply roll out the dough, layer on the filling, and fold the dough over the fruit and bake. Truly, it is easy as pie!

Whoever coined that phrase must have known about my favorite 5-minute pie dough! (Minus the chilling time, of course.)

Rustic Cherry Tart made with homemade pie dough and fresh sweet cherries

Rustic Cherry Tart

You don’t have to be a pastry chef or expert at forming perfect pie crusts because the free-form crust is what makes this tart rustic — and charming, too, right? Fresh sweet Bing cherries in a buttery crust — how can you beat that?

You could make this tart with a store-bought refrigerated pie dough, but making it fresh is really so much better.

The first time I made this pie dough, I was amazed at how quickly it came together and how easy it was to make. If I can do it, I know you can, too!

a bowl of cherries and a cherry pitter

Life is just a bowl of cherries
Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious!

Making the pie dough

No matter what pie dough recipe you use, always remember two things: COLD butter and ICE water.

Why? Using cold butter and ice water in the dough helps ensure the butter doesn’t start to melt as you are prepping the dough. And little bits of butter in the dough make a flaky crust in the end.

Putting the butter in the freezer for a few minutes before you mix up the pie dough is a good idea, too.

  1. Place the flour, salt, and sugar into the bowl of a food processor and pulse just a few times to blend it up.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the top of the flour mixture.
  3. Pulse a few seconds — just until the butter is slightly broken into the flour, but still in visible pieces.
  4. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour mixture and process just until the dough starts to come together. Don’t over do it!
  5. Dump the dough into a gallon-size ziplock plastic bag and seal the top. Gently press the dough together in the bag to form a flat disc, being careful again not to over do it so the dough doesn’t warm up from the heat in your hands.
  6. Place the disc in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.
  7. When you are ready to assemble the tart, roll the dough out on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper into a 14-inch circle. Transfer the parchment paper to a baking sheet and layer with the tart filling.
ingredients for cherry tart

Cherry tart filling

Unlike some cherry pies, the filling for this tart doesn’t need to be cooked before baking the tart. Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Remove the pits from fresh cherries and place the cherries in a bowl.
  2. Add sugar, cornstarch, and a squeeze of lemon juice, and toss until the cherries are coated.
  3. Spoon the cherries onto the pie dough, leaving about 2 inches around the perimeter.
  4. Fold the edges of dough over the cherries, overlapping to form the tart “shell”.
  5. Brush the dough with an egg wash and bake until golden.

What cherries are best for baking?

My favorite cherries for this recipe are fresh Bing sweet cherries. They don’t require a lot of extra sugar which means the filling doesn’t get too watery and make the crust soggy.

Also, don’t add the sugar to the fruit until JUST before you’re ready to assemble the tart to avoid extra juices releasing.

rustic cherry tart on parchment paper

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Creating a tart does take a little effort,  but it’s really easy with the right kitchen tools. I use my food processor to easily prep my pie crust and love this OXO Cherry pitter — it’s one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets!

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More cherry dessert recipes!

Fresh summer cherries are the best for making delicious desserts! Here are a few I think you may enjoy:

a slice of cherry tart on a white plate

Let’s bake!

 I love that this crust is mixed in a food processor and then dumped into a large zip lock bag and chilled. By placing the dough in the bag, you can squeeze it into a disc without getting messy hands — no fuss and no mess!

Also, you may enjoy trying this tart recipe with other fruit, like peaches, blueberries, or apples. Enjoy!

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Yield: 8 servings

Rustic Cherry Tart

Rustic Cherry Tart | Life, Love, and Good Food

Bake fresh cherry filling on top of this easy 5-minute pie dough and you’ve got yourself a delicious Summer dessert that any novice baker can master.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cherry Filling

  • 1 pound 3 cups sweet cherries, halved and pitted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Finishing

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

Pie Dough

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 7 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 5 tablespoons ice water (plus more if needed

Instructions

  1. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, into a 14 inch circle. Transfer the parchment and dough onto a baking sheet.
  2. Pit and slice the cherries in half. Place in a large bowl and toss with the 1/3 cup sugar, the cornstarch and lemon juice until evenly coated. Pour fruit onto the center of the dough and spread out to within 2 inches of the edge. 
  3. Fold up the edges over the fruit. Make an egg wash by whisking together the egg white and 1/2 teaspoon water with a fork. Brush the pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 tablespoon sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.

Pie Dough

  1. Place flour, salt, and sugar into a food processor and pulse a few times until blended. Sprinkle the butter over the top and pulse just until the butter is slightly broken into the flour but still in visible pieces. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour mixture and process just until the mixture starts to come together.
  2. Dump the dough into a gallon-size lock-top plastic bag, and press into a flat disk. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before rolling out the tart.

Notes

Original recipe from Warm Vanilla Sugar.

Don't add the sugar to the fruit until JUST before you're ready to assemble the tart to avoid extra juices releasing.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Renee Gladilen

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Trusted & tried with thawed, drained cherries...filling mixture was a little watery, but this can be solved by transferring cherries by spoon instead of pouring filling straight from the bowl.

So happy that pie crust and construction was incredibly newbie friendly ! Will definitely be making this again :)

p.s. really enjoy the way lemon cuts through the sweetness of the cherries.

Thank you !

tashi Wilson

Monday 16th of September 2019

Can the dough be made by hand or do you need a food processor?

Sheila Thigpen

Tuesday 17th of September 2019

Tashi, using a food processor is the EASIEST way to make this pie dough, however, you can also cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or a fork.

tashi Wilson

Monday 16th of September 2019

Also- can flour be used as a replacement for the cornstarch?

Carol

Thursday 11th of July 2019

The juice from cherries flowed out of the pastry....I did use the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch ,lemon and sugar as specified......maybe cherries were too juicy? Tasted good but pretty messy......

Sheila Thigpen

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Carol, this recipe would probably work best with "just ripe" cherries -- glad you still enjoyed the taste!

Rose

Thursday 4th of July 2019

One has to be quite careful assembling the crust because if there's any break in the rim, all the juice will flow out (as happened in my first attempt). What I did to resolve this was to take the juice that had run out, quickly put it in a bowl in the microwave and heated at on high for 30 second bursts to thicken it up then poured it back over the cherries.

Lauren Trakhman

Sunday 10th of June 2018

We made this yesterday with fresh yellow and red cherries that we picked the same day. It was incredible!!! We used Dufour Pastry Dough instead of making from scratch - but followed your filling recipe. My husband said its the best thing I've ever cooked. It was also so easy to make and so simple that the cherries were highlighted when eating. Thanks for the recipe - we will be making this again!

sheilathigpen

Sunday 10th of June 2018

Lauren, soooo very glad you enjoyed the recipe! Cherry pie with fresh cherries really is the best!

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