Since I picked over 6 lbs of cherries (some for my parents and grandparents), I definitely needed to cook with some!
My cherries weren't as dark and red as the ones on the site of the original recipe, so I added 2 drops of food coloring (gasp!)
I think the people I made this for enjoyed it more than I did. I loved the cherry topping. I froze the remainder of my cherries and I will definitely be making the topping to eat with ice cream and yogurt. I thought that pitting the cherries would be a pain, but it was actually really easy. I used one of the tips from my cake decorating kit, and just did it while watching tv. I just stuck the tip on my finger like a thimble, and pushed through the cherry. They all stayed intact.
I thought the cheese filling was a little dense. Maybe since it didn't have any eggs? I was expecting something more similar to cheesecake. I didn't love the crust either, but that could entirely be my fault. I probably haven't fully mastered making great tasting crusts. It was hard to roll out so I had to press it out with my fingers, which could have created some issues. But I thought it was a little dry (after it was cooked).
All in all it was definitely good, but I might not make it again. I definitely will use it as an inspiration for other recipes though! Great idea with the combination of ingredients.
Recipe: Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts (from Evil Shenanigans)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
3-4 tbsp ice water
8 oz block cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbsp sour cream (I used whole milk greek yogurt)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp flour
2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Mix well, then add the cubed butter. Use a pastry knife or your fingers to mix well, until the butter is mostly in pea-sized bits. Add the cold water, starting with 3 tbsp, and add the 4th if kneaded. Knead about 10 times, then form into a disk, cover with plastic, and chill for 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
While the dough chills, mix the cherries, cornstarch, sugar and water in a small pot.
In the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer (I used a stand mixer), add the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar. Process until very smooth. Add the flour and blend until combined.
Heat the oven to 425 F.
Roll out the dough for the crust on a well floured surface. Line the inside of the tart pan(s) with the dough, making sure not to pull or stretch the dough in the pan, and trim off any excess. Dock the dough with a fork, then line the crust with parchment paper and add pie weights, beans or rice.
Spread the cherry topping over the tarts just before serving.