Cherries, Cherries, and More Cherries ~ We Just Can’t Get Enough

The 2010 Hood River cherry crop is amazing.  We have been picking about 10 pounds of fresh cherries every few days and they become the main ingredient in many a tasty breakfast treat here at the Old Parkdale Inn.  We’ve been making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast. 

One of our guests’ favorite though, is the Double-Crust Cherry Tart and as promised here is the recipe.

Double-Crust Cherry Tart1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, room temperature
2 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
2 Tbs. quick-tapioca
1 Tbs. lemon juice

In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in egg yolks.  Stir in flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until will blended.  Divide dough in half.  Press one portion over bottom and up sides to rim of a 9-inch tart pan with removable rim.  Place other portion on a lightly floured piece of waxed paper.  Set aside.

In another bowl, mix cherries, tapioca, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.  Let stand for 10 minutes as you roll out second portion of dough with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 10-inch round. 

Pour cherries into tart shell.  Invert round over cherries.  Press edges into rim of tart pan, pinching off any excess.  Sprinkle tart lightly with sugar.
Place tart pan on a baking sheet and bake on the lower rack of a 375 degree over until top is golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.

Cherries are finding their way to the breakfast tables of the member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild in Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.  Make your reservation today and see what culinary delight they’re cooking up.