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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My 100th post : Cherry-Almond Tart with Cheese filling

Today I'm writing my 100th post......after 16 months of blogging, I reached this milestone. To make it a special post(as it is very special for me), I wanted to post something sweet, something spectacular, something different, which I havn't posted here before. Coincidentally, I made a big batch of Cherry-Almond tart recently for Independence day celebration of my daughter's school. So, I'm posting the Tart recipe for my 100th post.
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A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard.So, without much ado, here is the recipe...

Ingredients :
For pastry base/cake :
Butter/margarine : 1 cup(room temperature)
APF( all-purpose flour) : 2 cups
Eggs : 2
Sugar : 2/3 cup
Baking powder : 2 tsp.
Salt : 1/2 tsp.
Milk : 1/3 cup
Vanilla extract : 1 tsp.
For Filling :
Ricotta cheese : 1 cup ( I replaced this with 1 cup cubed Indian cottage cheese/paneer)
Cream Cheese : 250 gms.
Eggs : 3
All Purpose flour : 1/2 cup
Sugar : 1 cup
Almonds : 1/2 cup(chopped coarsely)
Cherries :  10 oz. bottled./about 250 gm. fresh(chopped)

Sliced almonds for garnishing : 1 cup

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Method :
  • Preheat oven to 350F or 175 C. Grease a tart pan or baking dish/tray. 
  • To make cake : In a bowl, beat butter or margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Take flour, baking powder and salt in a seperate bowl and mix well. Now incorporate the flour mixture in the butter mixture little by little. Add enough milk to make a batter which is not too creamy like a cake batter, but little harder than that. It should not be too creamy or too tight, as tart bases are little crustier and especially this tart base is  like a bit crustier than a cake.
  • Spread cake batter evenly on the greased baking tray/pan.
  • To make filling : As I said, I was out of ricotta, so I replaced that portion with Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). I blended it in a blender with little milk into fine creamy paste. In a medium bowl, blend eggs, cream cheese, ricotta cheese/paneer blend, sugar, flour and almonds until all are well incorporated. Fold in cherries. You can replace cherries with blueberries or red currants.
  • Pour filling over cake batter evenly. Sprinkle sliced almonds allover the batter.
  • Put the baking tray in preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a tooth-pick or sharp knife inserted in, comes out clean. Cool the pan on wire-rack for 15 minutes.
  • When cool, cut in desired shapes. Serve in room temperature. Can be stored in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.
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Enjoy this tart with a cup of hot coffee or tea..............

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / by / 19 Comments


  1. Congrats Indrani. Wishing you good luck and to amaze us all with many yummy delights.

  2. Congrats Indrani..and wish you many more milestones like this..the tart looks just perfect wth a cherry on top :)

  3. Congrats Indra ....wish you many more ....tart looks yum fir kal party de rahi ho? ;)

  4. Congrads dear on ur achievemnts..Can I come during the lunch break to get some yummy slices of this cake????
    Looks perfectly baked...yumm..

  5. Congrats indrani,Such a yummy post...tart luks very tempting.

  6. Congrats Indrani on reaching this wonderful mile stone,keep rocking dear, those tart looks extremely irresistible and stunning..

  7. Congrats on your 100th post :) looking forward for more,way to go! The tart looks delicious!

  8. Congrats on ur 100th Post....
    The tart is looks absolutely delicious :)

  9. Congrats indrani,Such a yummy post...tart luks very tempting.

  10. Congrats on 100th post dear, love your tart :)

  11. delicious looking cake to celebrate congratulations

  12. Thank you all, my friends for your likes and wishes..I'm overwhelmed

  13. Congrats dear, wish you many many year of success and happiness! This is such a beautiful recipe to mark your occasion. I'm soooo drooling over the pics of!Lots of love and hugs!

  14. Congrats dear .. wish you many many more to come. Love the almond tart.

    Check out my 100th post giveaway

  15. Hi Indrani
    Congrats on your milestone. Tart looks so cute and delicious. Love it.

  16. Nice recipe.Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats for this achievement, Hope we ll get much more recipes ........



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