Lovell Lacy Orchard: Presidents Day Cherry Tart

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 sticks chilled sweet butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy (grenadine or cherry juice may be substituted)
  • 2 cups red cherry jam
  • 2 or 3 turns of the peppermill

Directions

  1. Pulse the flour, sugar, salt and zest 4 or 5 times in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks together with the cherry brandy.
    With the machine running, add the egg/brandy mixture to the dough through the feed tube. Process 7 or 8 seconds or until the mass combines and leaves the sides of the bowl. Permit the pastry to rest for 30 minutes, wrapped securely in plastic, in a cool place.

  3. Thin the cherry jam a bit with a little hot water (3 or 4 tablespoons), stirring well to combine. Add a few grindings of pepper (fine, freshly ground) to heighten the flavor of the cherries and stir again. Set aside.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll out the dough in a free-form circle of about 12 inches, and transfer it to a buttered baking sheet or a sheet lined with parchment paper. Leaving a 2-inch border uncovered, spread the cherry mixture over the dough, folding, pleating, and tucking the border of the dough up over the fruit. You will have about 6 to 8 inches or cherry mixture not covered.

  5. Bake the tart for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is deeply golden and the fruit is glossy. Cool on a rack for several minutes and serve warm. (It's also good cold with a hot cup of coffee!)
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