Doesn’t this cherry ricotta tartlet look great? It is not only as delicious as it looks, it is also very easy to make and does not require any baking (or any baking skills for that matter). So you don’t have to turn on the oven if you are lucky to have hot summer weather. The crust is made from only two ingredients: amaretti cookies and butter. The ricotta is flavored with sugar and vanilla bean, and the cherries are flavored with a bit of sugar (if needed, depended on the ripeness of the cherries) and Kirsch (optional). That’s all! Here’s how to make these, step by easy step.
250 grams (.55 lb) cherries
200 grams (7 oz) ricotta cheese, preferably homemade
100 grams (3.5 oz) amaretti cookies
50 grams (3 1/2 Tbsp) butter
75 grams (6 Tbsp) sugar, divided
1 Tbsp Kirsch (optional)
Line a tray or thin cutting board with parchment paper, and arrange 3 ring molds (10 cm/4 inch) on top. Divide the amaretti mixture between them, and use a spoon to flatten and compact the crust within each mold.
Add a tablespoon of Kirsch (optional) and 25 grams (2 Tbsp) of sugar (unless the cherries are already very sweet by themselves). Stir to mix, and allow to macerate while the tarts are resting in the refrigerator.
This is great with Brachetto d’Aqui, a red version of Moscato d’Asti. A Black Muscat could work, too.
Flamusse, an apple flan from Burgundy that is similar to clafoutis (made with cherries) is another very quick and simple cake/dessert to make. If you usually don’t bake and you feel courageous after the cherry tartlets, this may be a next step to try.