Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rainier Cherry Tart with Maple Cream and a Gluten-Free Maple Crust

The deadline to enter our Quickies Morning, Noon, and Night Cocktail Challenge is fast approaching.  Please send in your entries by September 23, 2010.

Your challenge is to create your sexiest drink, alcoholic or non alcoholic.

The prize is the marvelous cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night by the lovely Denise Fletcher.

Today I am happy to turn over LC to the wonderfully talented Krista from Rambling Tart.  Krista blogs about travel, photos, and food.  If you enjoy travel, she highlights some of the amazing places she has visited.  Her keen eye for photography and capturing the moment produces some of the best photography on the blogosphere.  Her writing style is candid and inviting.  Not to mention that there is always a tasty treat to feast on.  Please visit, Krista at Rambling Tart, I know you will find a marvelous new blog to follow.


Welcome to Guest Post Spotlight Thursday

Hints of autumn are all around me this week. Hot sunshine burns away the morning fog revealing green grass covered with crisp, brown leaves. I may get to wear my beloved sun dresses during the day, but as soon as the sun sets I pull out sweaters and tuck quilts around me whilst I read or visit with good friends.

Although I dearly love Autumn and can't help but smile when I think of apple picking, cider pressing, and cozy nights spent in front of the fire, I confess that part of me is still clinging to the last vestiges of summer.

My cooking is a reflection of my divided heart. One moment I'm making blueberry smoothies as if I needed cooling off, and the next I'm stirring a pot of spicy curry to warm my bones.

This recipe, Rainier Cherry Tart with Maple Cream and a Gluten-Free Maple Crust, is a delectable combination of summer and autumn. Shiny Rainier cherries are sunny reminders of hot summer days, while the maple cream and crust lend that comforting richness so treasured as the days shorten. If you can't track down cherries, then plump blackberries or even sliced peaches would work just as well.

(Lazaro, thank you so much for inviting me to join you today! It's wonderful to linger on your blog with your dear readers for a day. :-) )

Rainier Cherry Tart with Maple Cream and a Gluten-Free Maple Crust

2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
1/4 cup blueberries
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp maple extract

For the Crust:
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Blend cream cheese, coconut milk, maple syrup and maple extract until smooth. Set aside but do not chill.

Mix all crust ingredients, add a little flour if too soft. Press evenly into 9-inch tart pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Let crust cool, then spread cream mixture in the bottom and top with fruit. Chill until ready to serve.

Please check out Krista's Rambling Tart for more wonderful photos and food.


  1. What a lovely summery tart from Krita! Love all the fruits arranged so beautifully on top. Love the filling with coconut. That will be so flavourful. Thanks very much for sharing this, Lazaro and Krista! Heading over to Krist's blog now.

  2. Wow!What a colorful and yummy recipe!Love the use of coconut milk and the blueberry garnish! Awesome!

  3. What a beautiful tart, Krista! The first time I had Rainier cherries a year ago, I thought: "I need to make these a regular part of my life". I'm very impressed by the combination of flavors. Great guest post!

  4. Oh how I adore Krista! Thanks so much for having her guest post Lazaro.

    And Krista what a beautiful tart. I love how it combines the best of both seasons...maple and cherries. Sounds like a dream.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Lazaro! I am so delighted to be on your wonderful and informative blog. :-)

  6. What a beautiful tart Krista! The cherries are taunting me - I just went on a futile search for cherries earlier this week! I would love a slice of this; the maple cream sounds like a beautiful contrast to the rainier cherries.

    Thank you Lazaro for introducing us to yet another talented and delightful blogger :)

  7. Such a beautiful tart, love all the colors, especially the cherries:) I will have to check out your blog, thanks Lazaro for sharing this wonderful guest post.

  8. Nice to meet you Krista! I agree what a beautiful tart!Rainer cherry is my favorite. It's sweet but not too sweet just the way I like it. The filling sounds so good with cream cheese and coconut milk. Maple crust sounds even better!

  9. beautiful tart and what lovely pics, yummy
    great guest post


  10. Thank you so much, Mary!! I'm so glad you like this recipe. :-)

  11. The tart is really lovely! Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits...I'm looking forward to Autumn as well, but I will really miss cherries! :)

  12. This is a beautiful tart Krista! I love the arrangements and contrasting colours of the fruits you used on top. I have a sweet tooth, so I'd love to give this wonderful recipe a try some day. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you again Lazaro, for intoducing us to another lovely blogger.

  13. A gorgeous gorgeous tart! I saw Rainier cherries in August in my supermarket but was too overwhelmed after coming back from Europe, and didn't get them to try. I definitely will next time I see them!

  14. Beautiful tart! Great job and I always love to see who you have here, Lazaro... a great way to find other lovely bloggers!

  15. Stunning! In the former Yugoslavia, where my husband is from and where we visit every summer - these are all over on trees and the kids climb up and eat their little bellies full of them. They are so incredibly tasty. Here, they cost the same as caviar. I will definitely bookmark this recipe to make while over there next summer!

  16. Krista,
    You've done it again! What a fantastically beautiful are a genius with food.

    Your salt loving friend from Maryland,

  17. What a beautiful tart nice job Krista!

  18. What a beautiful tart, it just sounds and looks like such an amazing American style dessert. I love Ranier cherries to boot.


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