Such a happy cherry tart

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Rainier Cherry Tart Recipe (gluten free)

Oh miam, je veux manger la croûte !” (Oh yum, I want to eat the crust!) Lulu exclaimed as she reached for one golden piece of crust from the tart I had left to cool on the kitchen countertop.

Attends !” (Wait!)

It was already too late. Her mouth was full and she was smiling, reaching for more.

By looking at the cherry tart with its missing crust around the edge (not the one you see here in the picture), you’d have thought that tiny mice had come in the house for a snack.

I am no blaming Lulu. At her age, I, too, was very fond of la croûte of the many tarts my mother baked, sweet and savory alike–and it has not changed. In French, we even refer to this part of the tart as le trottoir (literally meaning the sidewalk). And you either like le trottoir, or you don’t.

My family and I belong to the first group.

We loved my cherry tart so much that I thankfully baked it a number of times with Rainier cherries which, right after I tasted one, I fell in love with.

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Every year, I am eagerly waiting for cherry season. I check the market regularly; I ask my parents how their cherry trees are doing, and how much fruit they think they’ll have. This year, P. and I even decided to plant a cherry tree in our back garden. We want Lulu to grow up with cherry trees around her.

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AND SO when we are not eating cherries as a snack–at this time of year, there’s always a bowl of cherries sitting on the table, and yes, I am one of these people that cannot stop once I start–I like to can them, prepare salads, make soup, or bake with them in clafoutis–and tarts.

Like this tart.

Wouldn’t you fall for their beauty too?

Of course, the tart welcomes any type of cherries, even if my preference will invariably go for the cheerful colors and flavor a Rainier brings to a dessert.

I baked the tart using a crust–which comes from my cookbook–made with millet, rice flours, and almond meal combined with olive oil and flavored with lemon zest. The crust is delicate and has a firm crunchy texture that I love. (But I imagine that many other crusts would go well with it too, like this one.)

And then, I chose a light egg-based topping allowing the flavor of the cherries to stand out.

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Maman, ca c’est ma tarte pour après l’école,” (Mummy, this one is my tart for after school) Lulu exclaimed one morning after catching sight of a batch of cherry tartlets I had prepared for an afternoon goûter with friends and children.

Mais oui, si tu veux,” (Of course, if you want) I said, with a smile.

I was looking forward to watching her.

I knew that she was particularly excited about nibbling on the crust of her own tart.

That enough made it oh so memorable and a happy moment shared together.

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Rainier Cherry Tart Recipe (gluten free)

Ah, le temps des cerises, how special you are in our family!

Rainier Cherry Tart Recipe with Lime and Lemon Thyme

For a 9-inch tart (or 4 tartlets)

You need:

  • Olive oil sweet crust flavored with lemon*–recipe from my book, or another olive oil crust you like, like here
  • 14.5 ounces (425 g) Rainier cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon thyme, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 organic lime (or lemon) finely grated
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) blond cane sugar
  • *You will have leftovers which you can use for more tartlets if you want. For 2 more tartlets, add to the batter 1 egg and 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Prepare the crust as per instructions. Roll and garnish the mold. Make small holes with a fork and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Cover the crust with a piece of parchment paper and add dry rice or beans. Cook for 10 minutes and then remove the parchment paper and beans. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Garnish with the cherries.
  • In a bowl, beat 2 eggs with the sugar, lime zest, and lemon thyme. Pour this batter over the tart and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is cooked and the flan is set. Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
Le coin français
Tarte aux cerises au citron vert et thym citron

Pour une tarte de 23 cm (ou 4 tartelettes)


  • Pâte à l’huile d’olive et citron*–recette tirée de mon livre, ou une autre pâte préparée avec de l’huile d’olive de votre choix, comme celle-ci par exemple
  • 425 g de cerises, dénoyautées et coupées en deux
  • 2 gros oeufs
  • 1 càc de thym citron, haché finement
  • Zeste d’un citron vert bio râpé finement (ou celui d’un citron)
  • 50 g de sucre de cane blond
  • *Vous aurez des restes de pâte que vous pouvez utiliser avec des tartelettes par exemple. Pour 2 tartelettes, ajoutez 1 oeuf et 2 càs de sucre à l’appareil.

Etapes :

  • Préparez la pâte en suivant les instructions. Garnissez-en votre moule et piquez le fond avec une fourchette. Mettez au frigo pendant 15 minutes.
  • Préchauffez le four à 180 C.
  • Faites cuire la pâte à blanc pendant 10 minutes (recouverte de papier sulfurisé avec un poids), puis 5 autres minutes sans le papier et le poids.
  • Mettez les cerises sur la pâte.
  • Dans une bol, battez les oeufs avec le sucre, le zeste de citron vert, et le thym citron. Versez cet appareil sur les cerises et enfournez pendant 30 à 35 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que la croûte soit dorée et le flan pris. Sortez du four et laissez refroidir avant de déguster.
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  1. mmm, looks great. may try with my favorite ground almond/olive oil crust. can’t wait to try your cherry flan filling

  2. This is so beautiful! I can imagine how delicious your tart is! How I wish cherries are not so expensive and elusive in the tropics. When I can afford it (major splurge!), I count every fruit and every bite I take ^^ There’s never enough to bake, can or anything! I am so envious! Enjoy ^^ love your blog!

  3. what a coincidence.. i made cherry frangipane tarts over the weekend.. after abking.. i realised i should have been more generous with the fruit like you have been!!! your tarts are just gorgeous.. and i love cherries.. intrigued with the introduction of lemon thyme with them!! 🙂

  4. Ooh this looks so good! I’m a big lover of crust too. (May I say how much I love your brown rice, amaranth and millet crust from your cookbook?)

    Have to make this cherry tart this week. My “have to make this week” -list is getting longer and longer way too fast 😉 There’s no way I can eat that much! Do you know the feeling? 😉

  5. Bea, this is such a feast for the eyes. Being a photographer, your use of colour and light is divine. And the recipe… Yummo!! Will be making a trip to the cherry farm soon…

  6. Oh, I see that comment above. We used to life in beautiful Michigan. We had a cherry tree in our backyard. Cherries grow abundant in Michigan and so many regions have cherry festivals during the summer. I miss those!!

  7. And I was just looking for a recipe to use my never before used mini tart molds! 🙂 These look perfect!

    I also love the feeling when my little one likes what I make for her 🙂

  8. Comme toujours, bon article et belles photos mais je dois dire qu’en France, nous avons aussi des cerises comme les cerises Rainier. Je suis native de Lorraine, pas loin de Metz, Nancy, Verdun… nous avons aussi les gros bigarreaux qui sont egalement bons et ressemblent beaucoup aux Rainiers.

  9. Gorgeous photos and styling – and looks so delicious!! Thank you Béa for a WONDERFUL workshop this past weekend in NYC, it was an honor and a delight. 🙂

  10. Hi Bea,

    This is most perculiar.. I have not been able to view your pictures for quite some time now (since your post on Ireland). I have no problem viewing other blogs (eg. Aran’s blog, Bake or Break, Daily Delicious etc etc). I have no idea why! and have been missing out on all your beautiful pics! I’m not sure whether other readers have the same problem as me.

  11. ooh yummy, I bought cherries today and cannot wait to make this. Thank you Bea, love your photos, they tell such stories. x

  12. What does halving cherries mean?? the ones in the pictures don’t look like they’ve been cut in half…

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  14. Yes, I would fall for their beauty too! Already the first picture makes me want to bite into them.

    Unfortunately I have a cherry allergy and I need to keep away from them for two years in the hope that it will pass. Meanwhile I enjoy cherries in cake, ice, jams…everything that is cooked.

    Thanks for the recipe, it’s great for me 🙂 In addition to the tart, I want to try the cherry soup you linked to. Strange as it sounds (because it is summer and hot) I’m a ‘soupy’ right now. 😉

  15. Hi Béa,
    Just found Rainier cherries for the tart!! So happy 🙂 I’ll be trying them for the first time!
    I’m not finding lemon thyme though… can I substitute it for anything else?
    Thank you!

  16. Thank you very much everyone! I hope that those of you who tried the tart loved it.

    Leticia, lemon balm would do. Or even maybe lemongrass for extract lemon flavor….I hope you like it.

  17. Hi Béa, thank you for replying. I found both lemon balm and lemongrass, but only dried, I’ll try with a bit of one of them. It’s a beautiful long weekend here in Canada, perfect for baking! 🙂

  18. Hi Bea,

    I’m confused as to why you said, “Cover the crust with a piece of parchment paper and add dry rice or beans. Cook for 10 minutes and then remove the parchment paper and beans. Cook for 5 more minutes.”

    What does adding dry rice or beans do to the tart? May I kindly ask if you could be more specific? Do I throw away the beans or rice afterwards?

  19. Hi Nadia, this process is called precooking the crust. Use dry beans or rice that you will not use for cooking afterwards. I keep a jar in my pantry with these beans/rice and I reuse it each time for the same process. Makes sense?

  20. Moi aussi, j’ai toujours ete du cote du trottoir. J’aime particulierement quand il est legerement peu cuit; un peu comme le pain. J’adorais (et encore maintenant) manger la mie de pain que mon pere laissait de cote car il preferait la croute.

  21. Its summer and its time to enjoy that delicious pitted fruit. The colors are so bright! Its yummy for the eyes too!

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