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Cherry Tarts

with Vanilla Custard
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Cherry Tarts

Cherry Tarts - Small but powerful: A well-rounded delight!

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Health Score:
5,4 / 10
30 min.
ready in 1 hr 45 min.
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Nutritional values

The fine, quickly homemade pudding needs neither flavour nor colouring, because it is prepared with fresh vanilla. Spelt flour contains more minerals and fibre than simple wheat flour.

If you want to save a few fat calories, you can also use cooking cream (15% fat) for the pudding instead of whipped cream.

1 piece contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie187 kcal(9 %)
Protein3 g(3 %)
Fat9 g(8 %)
Carbohydrates21 g(14 %)
Sugar added7 g(28 %)
Roughage1 g(3 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0.3 μg(2 %)
Vitamin E0.4 mg(3 %)
Vitamin B₁0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin B₂0.1 mg(9 %)
Niacin0.8 mg(7 %)
Vitamin B₆0.1 mg(7 %)
Folate8.3 μg(3 %)
Pantothenic acid0.2 mg(3 %)
Biotin2.1 μg(5 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.2 μg(7 %)
Vitamin C2 mg(2 %)
Potassium77 mg(2 %)
Calcium29 mg(3 %)
Magnesium7 mg(2 %)
Iron0 mg(0 %)
Iodine2 μg(1 %)
Zinc0.4 mg(5 %)
Saturated fatty acids5.5 g
Uric acid10 mg
Cholesterol45 mg
Development of this recipe:


½ Vanilla bean
½ cup
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch (20 grams)
½ cup Whipped cream
4 tablespoons cane sugar (80 grams)
9 ounces Sour cherry
4 ounces Cultured butter
6 ounces Spelt flour (Type 630)
1 pinch cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
1 egg
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Kitchen utensils

1 Measuring cups, 1 Small knife, 1 Kitchen scale, 2 Bowls, 1 Small bowl, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Mixing bowl, 1 Hand mixer, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Rolling pin, 1 Cherry pitter, 1 Pastry brush, 1 Muffin tin (with 12 wells), 1 Wire rack, 1 Sieve, 1 Whisk, 1 Pot, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Fork

Preparation steps

Cherry Tarts preparation step 1

Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds. In a small bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons milk and cornstarch.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 2

Add remaining milk, cream, 1 tablespoon sugar and vanilla seeds to a pot and bring to a boil. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and return to a boil while whisking. Pour custard into a bowl and let cool.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 3

Meanwhile rinse sour cherries, drain and remove pits. Coat the wells of a 12-well muffin tin with about 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) butter.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 4

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1 pinch of salt and 50 grams (approximately 1/4 cup) sugar. Cut remaining butter into small pieces and add to flour mixture.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 5

Add 2 tablespoons of cold water to flour mixture and knead with a hand mixer until smooth.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 6

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a circle of about 9 cm (approximately 3 1/2 inches) in diameter.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 7

Lay dough circles in muffin tin wells and press down all around. Prick dough with a fork several times. Distribute sour cherries evenly between wells. Stir egg into the custard and pour over cherries.

Cherry Tarts preparation step 8

Sprinkle remaining sugar over tarts and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (fan: 180°C, gas mark 3) (approximately 400°F/convection 350°F) on middle oven rack for about 30 minutes. Remove tin from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove tarts from tin and allow to cool completely before serving.


If I don't have vanilla bean, what else can I use?
Cyndy from EAT SMARTER's picture
Great question and you have a few choices. You can substitute a 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or almond extract. Cherries and almonds are a natural match. Alternately, you can omit the flavoring altogether but it will change the taste of the end product.