Rustic Cherry Tarts


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A simple rustic tart that highlights the beautiful, fresh cherry textures and flavors.

Rustic Cherry Tarts. A simple rustic tart that highlights the beautiful, fresh cherry textures and flavors.

In the summer, I love deserts that feature fresh fruits. These little tarts are straightforward, consisting of a small circular crust with a mixture of cherries and sugar on top. Simple, yet they are still a beautiful, tasty treat. The simplicity of the recipe allows the flaky texture of the crust and juicy flavor of the cherries to shine.

Rustic Cherry Tarts. A simple rustic tart that highlights the beautiful, fresh cherry textures and flavors.

Aren’t cherries such a gorgeous, cheery fruit? It’s important for this recipe to have a good crust. It has only been recently that I have read up and practiced making pie crusts. They are not hard, it just takes knowing some tips and tricks to mixing and handling the dough. If you have a favorite, stand-by crust recipe, by all means feel free to use it. However, if your new to making pie crusts, I suggest doing a bit of internet research for some tips. (Perhaps when I feel a bit more confident in my pie crust skills, I will share them with you, I’m still experimenting myself!).  Once you have the crusts made, the rest of the recipe is a snap. Combine the cherries with a few tablespoons of sugar and a bit of cornstarch and the filling is complete. These are free form tarts, meaning that the dough is rolled into a circle, the filling placed in the center and the edges of dough folded and pleated around the edged for a rustic look. These little beauties are best enjoyed when they are warm right from the oven, perhaps with a bit of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Rustic Cherry Tarts. A simple rustic tart that highlights the beautiful, fresh cherry textures and flavors.

Servings: 4 - 6 Inch Tarts


For the Crust

  • 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

For the filling

  • 4 cups pitted sweet cherries
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg beaten


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until pea sized crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the cold water over the mixture, lightly stirring with a fork until dough forms into a ball. Chill the dough for at least an hour. This makes it much easier to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix the cherries with the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Divide the dough into fourths. Roll out each fourth into a 8 in round circle. Trim the edges a bit with a knife, if necessary.
  • Spoon a cup of the cherries into the middle of each circle, leaving about an inch and a half of crust around the edges.
  • Gently fold the edge of the crust over the cherries, pleating as you go. Brush the crust with a beaten egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cherries are tender.
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Rustic Cherry Tarts. A simple rustic tart that highlights the beautiful, fresh cherry textures and flavors.

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    • Mallory says

      Thanks, Amy. It’s just my opinion, but I think they are one of the prettiest deserts I have made.

  1. TidyMom says

    i love making rustic pies……takes all the pressure out of “the perfect looking crust”! Great idea for all those cherries I have!

    • Mallory says

      They are not as hard as they look. If I had to recommend one tip, it would be to work with cold dough. It is so much easier to handle.

  2. Stefanie says

    I made these last night and they were amazing!! I cut the recipe in half and it worked great! I also found I only had half the needed shortening so subbed in half butter and it was so flaky!!! Pitted my cherries with my Wilton 1M tip… Worked amazing!! Wonderful recipe!!!

    • Mallory says

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, Stefanie. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Awesome tip on how to pit the cherries too!

  3. angela says

    Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by the Wednesday Roundup! This awesome post is being featured this week! Come on by and grab a featured button! I’ve also pinned this to our Link Party Pinterest board!

  4. Diana Zee says

    Hi this looks amazing! Saw your link on the SITS girls. I don’t like to turn on my over in the summer but I would definitely turn it on for this.

  5. Jill Bell says

    So the beaten egg doesn’t go in with the cherries!! Too late, my daughter saw it under filling and in it went. We’ll see how that turns out. Lol


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