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Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts

Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts |

Let’s talk about the weather.

This summer has been a bust, weather-wise.

I should have been a fish, or better yet, a mermaid. I was born to swim; my mom will tell you all about it. Usually, in the summer I’m what my family refers to as a “drowned rat” because I’m always soaked, my hair is always wet and smells of chlorine. I just can’t help it. I love being in the water. Give me a pool, a lake, a big open ocean and I’m a happy girl.

Take that away with rain and cold fall days in August and I get cranky.

We had a lot of issues with our pool in June.  There was a cinder block that found its way to the bottom. Two frogs had a grand old time while they procreated in it and there was a leak in the piping.  I just wanted to swim and the heat wave was making that impulse even more urgent.

I still cringe when I think about the millions of tadpoles swimming around. Damn those frogs. I know this really isn’t appetizing talk but this weather situation is really making me upset and I had to get it off my chest!

Normally I would turn my oven on to bake these fabulous Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts in the heat of July and jump in the pool to cool myself off while they baked. Instead, I had to sweat it out in the kitchen like a real chef.

Now that the pool is finally a beautiful crystal clear blue, the weather has been cold, filled with puddles of rain and has been very unforgiving.

We worked on it every day to get it in tip top shape so I could enjoy the last two months of summer. I swam for about a week straight and then it got too cold for me. I hear this week it is supposed to be in the ’90s again. I can only hope.

Back to these Mini Tarts for a second, I almost have no words for them. The mascarpone is from Vermont Creamery, my favorite little creamery in the North East. The sweet mascarpone filling topped with fresh cherries…Seriously divine. Just make them, okay?

Yield: 4 mini tarts or 1 large

Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts

Rainier Cherry and Mascarpone Mini Tarts

Be sure to let these mini tarts set in the refrigerator before cutting into them. You can also use a large tart pan instead of 4 mini tart pans.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes



  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8oz mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups cherries



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, blend together the flour, sugar, and salt for 30 seconds.
  3. Cut butter into quarters and add to dough.
  4. Process for another minute and remove from food processor.
  5. Form a ball shape and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Leave in overnight or freeze for longer storage.
  7. If freezing, remove and defrost an hour before use.
  8. Spray tart pan with cooking oil or smear with butter.
  9. Press dough into tart pan (or mini tart pans) Poke holes into dough with fork.
  10. Place parchment paper on top of dough and add rice or beans as a pie weight.
  11. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until tart shell is lightly browned. Let cool.
  12. Fill the cool tart shell with the mascarpone mixture.
  13. Top with cherry halves.
  14. Place in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to let the filling set.


  1. Whisk sugar into the mascarpone cheese.
  2. Pit cherries and slice in half, set aside.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 860Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 499mgCarbohydrates: 99gFiber: 3gSugar: 61gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. You may want to spot check this information.

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Disclosure: I was not provided monetary compensation to post about or to link to these brands and as always, my opinion of this product is my own. Vermont Creamery provided me with the Mascarpone to use in my recipes. 


Friday 28th of June 2019

This recipe doesn't say when to add the flour and says to add the butter in steps 2 and 4.


Saturday 29th of June 2019

Thanks for the catch, Emily! It's fixed now. The flour gets added in before the butter (in step 2).

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Oh no, I'm sorry you ran into so many problems with your pool! I LOVEE swimming, but I was so bummed bc I didn't get many chances to swim this summer.

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Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I am not a water person at all but will surely eat this tart by the poolside :P

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