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De Pomiane's Country Tart


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  • 1 packet active dry yeast - (1/4 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 cups flour plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter - (1 1/2 sticks) cold, and cut into tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 pounds cherries
  • 1/4 cup sugar - (to 3/4)
  • Additional sugar for serving


Servings 8


Step 1

For the Pastry: Stir the yeast and the sugar into the warm water. Let sit until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the 2 cups of flour and the salt in a food processor; cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the yeast mixture and the yolks. Process just until the mixture forms a ball.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until supple and an indention with a finger springs back, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the dough with flour. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out the dough to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Transfer the dough to the plate and flute the edges.

For the Filling: Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Pit the cherries, reserving the juice. Place half of the cherries in the shell and sprinkle them with half of the sugar (how much sugar you use depends upon the sweetness of the cherries) and add the cherry juice. Add the rest of the cherries and top with the remaining sugar.

Bake the pie until the cherries darken, the juice is bubbling and the crust is browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve hot. The juices will run from the pie and hot cherries will "burst" when you serve it. De Pomiane advises sprinkling more sugar to taste on top.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

Each serving: 431 calories; 158 mg sodium; 159 mg cholesterol; 21 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 57 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 2.83 grams fiber.

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