This cherry frangipane tart is a French-style fruit tart with an almond filling studded with fresh cherries.
Every year around this time, I find myself working my way through piles of cherries. It really wouldn’t be summer without cherries or cherry pie for that matter. The season is so maddeningly short that I hoard them while I can, and when I’ve sufficiently gorged myself, I pull out the cherry pitter and get to work on that pie.
Now this is not your average cherry pie, it’s a tart to be exact and features a rich and tender almond filling studded with cherries. It’s a cherry frangipane tart, a classic French dessert and a favorite of mine because of how easy it is to make at home.
While it may sound fancy, this particular tart is actually quite simple to make. The pastry dough comes together easily in one bowl and is simply pressed and patted right into the pan, no rolling pin needed. The crust is sandy and light in texture with a rich buttery flavor. It’s chilled then par-baked while you make the filling.
The frangipane filling, a mixture of almond flour, honey, butter (or palm shortening for a dairy-free version) and eggs is quite easy as well. It whips up in a matter of minutes and is then spread across the bottom of the tart shell.
Next comes the cherries which are halved and pressed into the frangipane before heading to the oven to bake. The frangipane puffs up around the fruit as it bakes and creates a tender layer that’s soft and chewy with the richness of an almond cake studded with fruit.
Speaking of fruit, you needn’t limit yourself to cherries, sliced plums or figs would be wonderful come late summer/early fall when cherries are sparse, poached pears are a classic for fall and winter and apricots lovely in the spring.
Since it’s meant to be any easy, fuss-free kind of dish, you can make it all at once, or prepare the tart dough in the pan ahead of time and keep it chilled in your fridge until you are ready to bake. It’s perfect served with a scoop of ice cream on the side for dessert or even a dollop of yogurt for breakfast the next morning, because we all deserve to eat dessert for breakfast every once in a while.
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