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Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts

Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts | Sweet-Remedy.com

Let’s talk about the weather.

This summer has been a bust, weather wise.

I should have been a fish, or better yet, a mermaid. I was born to swim; my mom will tell you all about it. Usually in the summer I’m what my family refers to as a “drowned rat” because I’m always soaked, my hair is always wet and smells of chlorine. I just can’t help it. I love being in the water. Give me a pool, a lake, a big open ocean and I’m a happy girl.

Take that away with rain and cold fall days in August and I get cranky.

We had a lot of issues with our pool in June.  There was a cinder block that found its way to the bottom. Two frogs had a grand old time while they procreated in it and there was a leak in the piping.  I just wanted to swim and the heat wave was making that impulse even more urgent.

I still cringe when I think about the millions of tadpoles swimming around. Damn those frogs. I know this really isn’t appetizing talk but this weather situation is really making me upset and I had to get it off my chest!

Normally I would turn my oven on to bake these fabulous Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts in the heat of July and jump in the pool to cool myself off while they baked. Instead I had to sweat it out in the kitchen like a real chef. Now that the pool is finally a beautiful crystal clear blue, the weather has been cold, filled with puddles of rain and has been very unforgiving.

We worked on it every day to get it in tip top shape so I could enjoy the last two months of summer. I swam for about a week straight and then it got too cold for me. I hear this week it is supposed to be in the 90’s again. I can only hope.

Back to these Mini Tarts for a second, I almost have no words for them. The mascarpone is from Vermont Creamery, my favorite little creamery in the North East. The sweet mascarpone filling topped with fresh cherries…Seriously divine. Just make them, okay?

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Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts

Be sure to let these mini tarts set in the refrigerator before cutting into them. You can also use a large tart pan instead of 4 mini tart pans.

Yield: 4 mini tarts or 1 large

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 55 min

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

1½ cups flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 stick butter
½ cup sugar

For the Filling:
½ cup sugar
8oz mascarpone cheese
2 cups cherries

Directions:

For the Filling:
Whisk sugar into the mascarpone cheese. Pit cherries and slice in half, set aside.

For the Dough:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, blend together the sugar and butter. Add the salt. Cut butter into quarters and add to dough. Mix thoroughly and remove from food processor. Form a ball shape and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight or freeze for longer storage. If freezing, remove and defrost an hour before use.

Spray tart pan with cooking oil or smear with butter. Press dough into tart pan (or mini tart pans) Poke holes into dough with fork. Place parchment paper on top of dough and add rice or beans as a pie weight. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until tart shell is lightly browned. Let cool.

Fill the cool tart shell with the mascarpone mixture. Top with cherry halves. Place in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to let the filling set.


Disclosure: I was not provided monetary compensation to post about or to link to these brands and as always, my opinion of this product is my own. Vermont Creamery provided me with the Mascarpone to use in my recipes. 

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6 Responses to “Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts”

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Just pinned this, it’s beautiful. This should make up for the bad weather…maybe.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — August 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I love swimming too! Sorry you’ve had a crappy summer. These tarts look like they’ve more than made up for it though 😉 so yummy!

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — August 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am not a water person at all but will surely eat this tart by the poolside 😛

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    Lynna — November 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Oh no, I’m sorry you ran into so many problems with your pool! I LOVEE swimming, but I was so bummed bc I didn’t get many chances to swim this summer.

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