Fresh Cherry Tart: A simple rustic tart crust topped with ricotta, cherries and spiced maple vanilla syrup. A perfect way to showcase fresh ripe cherries.
This cherry tart is my friend Ingrid's creation. (you may have noticed that I have a lot of friends who are talented cooks.) Ingrid served this when I visited her at her home in Camden, Maine. The weekend was so special, but I struggled to find the right words to describe it. I'm way better at writing about food than vacations. The funny thing is that I realized that my tart description was a good metaphor for my weekend in Maine: bursting with natural beauty, a perfect balance of sweet and savory, festive, healthy, delicious, fresh, rustic, colorful, and even better than I thought it would be (and I thought it would be great!)
My sister-in-law Jen and I drove up to Camden on a Friday, so excited about a girl's weekend away in beautiful Maine, with Ingrid. Camden is the idyllic little coastal quaint village of story books. A weekend as Ingrid's houseguest is pretty special.
Ingrid is an artist who was once a professional baker. (Both Jen and I have her paintings hanging on our walls). Her house is an antique with an artist's touch. The yard is bursting with flowers and greenery. There are strawberries and chickens and dogs bounding around happily. Biking, boating, hiking and the farmer's market are just minutes away....(my kind of heaven)
Anticipation of the tart started just after we arrived. It was late afternoon and Ingrid gave us a quick tour. In the kitchen I spotted a rustic-looking flat pastry crust sitting on a piece of parchment paper on the counter. I wondered what it was for but never got around to asking.
Then we talked for a couple of hours on Ingrid's porch, sipping wine. The sun was getting low and we went inside for dinner. Ingrid grilled some wild salmon and pulled together an incredibly delicious salmon Niçoise Salad with lentils, asparagus, white and purple potatoes. The whole dinner was amazing and from time to time I thought about that crust and wondered what we were in store for.
I could have never imagined such a beautiful cherry tart: ripe juicy cherries on top of creamy ricotta cheese, drizzled with spiced maple-vanilla syrup...all piled onto a flat, rustic, golden brown tart crust. Jen and I loved it so much that when we got back from Maine we each immediately made our own versions.
Jen got creative and topped her crust with a mixture of ricotta and sour cream. Then she sprinkled on some dark brown sugar and lots of sliced fresh strawberries. This is a great tart to experiment with, using whatever is fresh and seasonal!
If you want to hear more about life in coastal Maine and see some beautiful art, check out Ingrid's Instagram.
Here's the Ingrid's Fresh Cherry Tart recipe. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print