Sunday, July 25, 2010

Banana Bread, Cherry Tart and a Garage Sale!

Super fast post again, sorry! I made my favorite Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread, which you can find the recipe for here. I made this for my wonderful neighbor Leila, who was busy having a garage sale outside all day Saturday and Sunday, with some old bananas she so wisely froze.
Later, I decided something needed to be done about the state of our fridge. It was PACKED with Rainier cherries and they were practically begging to be used in a tart. So I whipped up a very simple cherry tart that I hope you'll enjoy for its simplicity. :)
Jessica's Simple Cherry Tart

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water
  • 40-50 cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  1. In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  2. Cut in 1/3 cup shortening until pieces are peasize.
  3. Dribble 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork.
  4. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon cold water at a time, until all the dough is moistened (4 to 5 tablespoons cold water total). Form dough into a ball.
  5. Roll out dough and fit to a 9-inch, buttered and floured, pie plate.
  6. Pierce the dough with the tines of a fork liberally all over.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light, golden brown.
  8. In a small saute pan, melt butter on medium heat and add cherries. Coat well in butter and stir in 2 teaspoons sugar and jam.
  9. Continue to cook for about 5-8 minutes, until slightly tender.
  10. Pour cherry mixture onto cooled tart crust and let cool for a few minutes.
  11. Slice and enjoy!
Happy Baking!

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