Fresh Cherry Tart

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 8 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 40 mins

This rustic, overstuffed tart makes enticing use of the summer's bounty of cherries. Try it with Ranier cherries, too.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Refrigerate the pastry dough before rolling to help prevent it from shrinking as it bakes.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
Cherry Filling:
4 cups pitted cherries (about 1 1/3 pounds)
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon powdered sugar


  1. To prepare the pastry, combine flour, sugar and salt in a processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and orange rind; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ice water; pulse until dough clumps together. Shape into a 4-inch disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Roll pastry into a 15-inch circle on a floured surface. Place in a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom, letting pastry hang over the edge.
  4. To prepare the filling, combine cherries, granulated sugar and cornstarch. Spoon into pastry; fold pastry edges over filling.
  5. Bake 40 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Cool on wire rack. Sift confectioners’ sugar over pastry before serving.