RECIPE IDEA: Gluten Free Cherry Tart with a Touch of Cacao
Hi. It’s Lois at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about a scrumptious Gluten Free Cherry Tart we had for supper yesterday. On the spur of the moment (don’t do that, then you have to figure out what to do with things!), I bought a bag of Bing cherries. Don had mentioned that he likes fresh cherries, and there they were, waiting for me to buy them. When I got them home, Don ate about two of them and said they were too hard to eat because they weren’t pitted. I agreed—tasty, but not worth the effort.
And of course, I don’t have a cherry pitter.
What I Did
So I had to decide what to do with these lovely friuts before they went bad. Deciding to make a Gluten Free Cherry Tart or Pie, I removed the stems and cut the cherries off the pits. I looked at a few recipes and decided to use my Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies recipe as the pie crust, topping it with homemade Cherry Pie filling. Pretty easy, but it took awhile since I cooked the filling on top of the stove. Most recipes for cherry pie say to bake it.
I didn’t want the shortbread pie crust to get soggy so I baked the crust separately. Normally, I cut the shortbread while it’s still warm because it breaks easily. However, we have successfully made pies using a shortbread crust and the pie filling softens the crust just enough to prevent this.
I made my Gluten Free Cherry Tart recipe as individual servings. It was very tasty, but it was hard to get the crust as thin as I would have liked. Next time, I would do it in a pie plate and follow Don’s instructions on his Gluten Free Shortbread Pie Crust recipe. I prefer the GF flour that I used, however; Don uses Sweet Rice Flour, but I like Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour as I think the mixture is less grainy.
I added a bit of Creme de Cacoa for the chocolate flavor and topped our tarts with a few chocolate chips, and they were scrumptious. The cherry filling could have used just a bit more Creme de Cacoa, but I loved mine. Please comment and tell me how you make your cherry pie or tart. Do you have a favorite recipe?
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No special tools are required for this recipe. I used a small knife, a heavy bottomed pan, measuring cups and spoons, a wooden spoon, a mixing bowl, an electric mixer, and ramekins or a pie plate, similar to these: