Even easier than pie, this cherry tart recipe is fantastic. Loaded with fresh cherry flavor, this super-simple cherry crumble tart uses a store-bought pie crust, along with fresh or frozen cherries. Makes an amazing holiday dessert or just a simple weeknight treat!
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Looking for a simple dessert for you holiday meal that tastes amazing, but doesn’t require much work? This cherry tart recipe is definitely the answer!
Made with either fresh or frozen cherries, a store-bought pie crust and a quick almond crumble topping, it comes together in minutes. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream, this might just become your new go-to dessert recipe!
What do I need to make a cherry tart?
Here’s a quick reference check list of the ingredients and tools you’ll need to make this simple cherry tart recipe:
- Pie crust – feel free to opt for a store bought pie crust that you get in the refrigerated foods section. You’ll only need one (there are two in a box/package.) You can also make your own. Check out my friend Melissa’s blog post on making the perfect pie crust.
- Fresh or frozen cherries – if you’re using fresh cherries, you’ll need to remove the pits. This cherry pitter is very helpful!
- Granulated sugar – if you’re looking to cut calories and refined sugar, my favorite go to sugar alternative is Whole Earth Granular Monk Fruit Sweetener.
- Corn Starch – this helps thicken the cherry juice as the cherries bake.
- Almond extract – an amazing flavor that goes perfectly with the cherries and the almond crumble.
- Flour – this is a thickener for the crumble topping.
- Sliced almonds – you could also use slivered almonds or whole almonds that are chopped. I find the sliced almonds look the most attractive in the topping.
- Light brown sugar – you can also use Swerve Brown Sugar alternative to cut the sugar and calories.
- Butter – this brings together the crumble topping.
- Nutmeg – a great seasoning for the crumble. You could also use cinnamon instead or a combination of the two.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions, scroll down to the bottom of this post to the recipe card. Thanks!
How do I make a cherry tart?
First, start by preparing the cherry filling and the almond crumble topping.
For the cherry filling, place the cherries in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, corn starch and almond extract. Mix together to coat the cherries.
For the almond topping, add the flour, almonds, brown sugar, and nutmeg to a mixing bowl. Add in the softened butter and mix together with a fork. The mixture will be crumbly and gravel-like.
Next, place the pie crust into a 10″ tart pan. Press it into the sides of the pan, pinching off any excess crust that may go over the sides. Pour in the cherry mixture.
Over the top of the cherries, sprinkle on the crumble topping. Cover the tart loosely with foil. This will help prevent the almond topping from overbrowning before the crust and filling is done baking.
The last ten minutes of baking you can remove the foil from the tart. This will help the almond topping brown nicely before coming out of the oven.
Once the tart comes out of the oven, let it cool for at least 20-30 minutes before serving. The internal cherry mixture will be piping hot!
Can I make this cherry tart recipe in advance?
Yes. If you’re making this cherry crumble tart for a holiday dinner or special occasion, it can be made the day before. Once baked, cover the tart with foil until ready to serve.
What can be served with a cherry tart?
Coffee and tea is great served with a cherry tart. Here are some of my favorite coffee and tea recipes:
- Chai Tea Latte Recipe
- Caramel Brulee Latte
- Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee
- Ginger Peach Iced Tea
- Homemade Cold Brew Coffee
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew
The crunch of the almonds give it a great texture to bring it all together. In my opinion, desserts don’t get much better than fresh cherries and a delicious, creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Love fruit desserts? Check out our other popular fruit dessert ideas:
- Cherry Crisp
- Raspberry Crumble
- Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake
- Cake Mix Peach Cobbler
- Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix
- Creamy Blueberry Pie
- Strawberry Dump Cake
- Creamy Strawberry Pie
- Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix
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- 1 pie crust (pre-bought or home made)
- 3 c. fresh cherries, pitted and halved (you can also use frozen cherries)
- 1/2 c. sugar or granular monk fruit sweetener
- 1 Tbsp. corn starch
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
Almond Crumble Topping:
- 2/3 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sliced almonds
- 1/3 c. light brown sugar
- 1/3 c. butter, soft/room temperature (NOT melted)
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, add the cherries, sugar, corn starch and extract, making sure the cherries are evenly coated.
- To a 10" tart pan, lay out the pie crust, and press it into the bottom and sides, making sure to seal/press together any cracks or holes. Pour the cherry mixture into the crust and evenly disperse the cherries.
- In another bowl mix together the crumble topping. Mix the flour, almonds brown sugar, and nutmeg. Cut in the softened butter until a crumbly mixture is formed. Evenly sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cherries.
- Loosely cover the tart with foil and bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes to evenly brown the top.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Slice and serve warm.
Leftovers can be kept at room temperature, but will only keep for 1-2 days. For best results, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container. Refrigerated, the cherry tart will keep for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g