Got some Brooks cherries today from Frog Hollow Farm and made the first cherry tarts of the year! Here is the recipe:
Roll out your tart dough into a circle or square approximately 1/8-inch thick. Place dough on a metal pan lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400°
5 ½ - 6 c. Cherries - I like Brooks, Burlat, Bing or any other sweet cherry - you can also throw a few sour cherries into the mix if you have them (the cherries should be pitted)
¼ - ½ c. sugar (depending on the sweetness of the cherries, you can always add the minimum and taste halfway through baking then add the remainder if needed)
½ Meyer lemon juice + zest
splash of Kirsch if desired
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and place on the prepared tart shell. Fold edges over the cherry halves. You can brush the edge with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
Cut some cherries for the border in half and sprinkle a few halves throughout the tart to fill in the gaps.
Place in the oven and bake until the crust on the edges and bottom is baked through and golden – about 40-50 minutes.Cool on a rack. Can be served warm or at room temperature.