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Front view of cherry tart on white cake stand, grey background

Fresh Cherry Tart

An easy cherry tart with a vanilla custard filling, fresh cherries, and a crust that doesn't require refrigeration or rolling before using!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices



For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds) or ground vanilla cookies

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted (fresh are best)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180°C.
  2. Have ready a 9-inch (24cm) round tart pan with a removable bottom.
  3. Have the pitted cherries in a bowl.

For the crust:

  1. Stir together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. I use a spatula.
  2. Add the flour and salt and stir to make a soft dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to the pan in small pieces, distributing them on the bottom, and press evenly into the sides first, and then the base, with your floured fingertips. The dough seems like it's not enough but it is.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until beginning to brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the almond meal over the base.

For the filling:

  1. Whisk together the cream, eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  2. Add the flour and whisk until well mixed.
  3. Arrange the pitted cherries over the pastry base and slowly pour the cream filling evenly over the cherries.
  4. Return the tart to the oven and bake 40-50 minutes until the filling is barely firm, still jiggling slightly in the center.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack and serve dusted with powdered sugar and fresh cherries.
  6. I like to refrigerate it for a 1-2 hours, well wrapped, before serving.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers, wrapped so it doesn't dry out.


  • Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the correct temperature, equipment, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier!
  • Baking time: keep in mind that all ovens and pans are different, even if they look the same or very similar. The baking time in my recipes is as accurate as it can be, but it might take you more or less time. You can use a thermometer(like the OXO oven thermometer) to check that your oven is at the right temperature. I recommend you keep track of how your oven works and what tiny details you might need to adjust. 
  • Baking time: I recommend baking it until it barely jiggles in the center. Or until it just stops jiggling, at the most. That way, the filling will be creamy.
  • Serving: I suggest sprinkling powdered sugar and a small pile of wonderful fresh cherries. A spoonful of fresh whipped cream and some grated chocolate on top of it works well.
  • Fruit: use other stone fruit (nectarines, apricots, plums, or peaches) or berries (blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries).
  • Flavorings: add spices or extracts to the custard to complement the fruit you use.
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Refrigeration time:
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 383
  • Sugar: 25.3 g
  • Sodium: 45.1 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 101 mg

Keywords: cherry tart