Fresh Cherry Tart Puff Pastry (Easy to Make Recipe)

Fresh Cherry Tart Puff Pastry (Easy to Make Recipe)

Summer is the season for sweet cherries. This cherry puff pastry tart is the perfect dessert for a special occasion that is easy to make and delicious. 

A square of cherry tart on a plate.

We’ve all heard the legend of George Washington chopping down his father’s beloved cherry tree.

Yes it’s a myth!

Trust me – if George Washington had tasted these deliciously sweet cherries he would’ve never chopped down his father’ tree.

He probably would’ve eaten all the tart cherries off the tree.

Yes, they are that good!

There are so many varieties of sweet cherries like Bing, Sweetheart and Rainier.

They’re all good and good for you.

Can I use sour cherries?

For this recipe stick to the sweet variety. The kind you can eat immediately. Sour cherries are really tart and require cooking them down with a simple syrup. Save the sour cherries for cherry pie filling.

A cherry tart on a piece of parchment paper.

Is this rustic cherry tart a healthy dessert?

Yes…this delicious cherry dessert is a great alternative to a regular tart cherry pie.

It’s low in sugar and uses balsamic vinegar to bring out the sweetness of the pitted cherries.

Cherries are high in potassium, melatonin and loaded with antioxidants.

And when you gobble down 20 cherries at a time, like I typically do, there’s no guilt.

That’s a serving size of less than 100 calories. It’s the perfect snack!

For this dessert, I adapted it from my balsamic strawberry toasted crostini recipe.

I swapped out sweet cherries for the strawberries and spread the ricotta honey mixture on a store-bought baked puff pastry instead of French bread.

When you macerate cherries in balsamic vinegar and honey for about a half an hour the result is amazing.

These sweet cherries are exploding in flavor.

The cherry juice is sweet and tart and absolutely delicious.

The vinegar really brings out the sweetness of this stone fruit.

Fresh cherries topped onto puff pastry crust.

This cherry ricotta tart recipe is an quick weekday dessert or is great to take to a weekend party because it can be served at room temperature.

It can be made triangularly, in a tart pan or individually in mini tart squares.

The best part is that there is no need to make the crust ahead of time.

No rolling pin or food processor is necessary.

I always keep a puff pastry in the freezer during the summer months.

I love topping this crisp, flaky crust with any kind of summer fruit.

Alternatively, you can use a premade tart shell or pie crust if puff pastry dough is unavailable at the grocery.

Just bake it according to the package directions first and let it cool.

I can usually find what I need in the freezer aisle in the dessert section with the ice cream and frozen fresh fruits.


  • Substitute mascarpone cream cheese in place of ricotta.
  • Instead of cherries, try peaches, nectarines or figs.
  • Garnish with fresh basil, lemon zest or mint.
  • Swap out the honey for coconut syrup or agave when mixing the ricotta mixture. Just use one teaspoon since it is much sweeter than honey.
A full tart loaded with fresh cherries on a piece of parchment paper.

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Fresh Cherry Tart Puff Pastry (Easy to Make Recipe)

Ali Randall
Summer is the season for sweet cherries. This cherry tart is one of those easy recipes for a special occasion that is delicious. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 sheet puff pastry


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Using a cherry pitter, remove the pits from the fresh cherries and set aside in a medium bowl.
  • Macerate the cherries in the balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey for about 30 minutes.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil on a baking sheet and bake the puff pastry according to the package directions, about 10 to 15 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese and 2 tablespoons honey until well blended.
  • Spread the ricotta mixture onto the top of the puff pastry sheet being careful not to break up the tart crust.
  • Top with the marinated cherry mixture and drizzle with honey before serving.
  • Cover any remaining tart with plastic wrap or in an airtight container before refrigerating.
Keyword Cherry Tart Puff Pastry, Cherry Tart Recipe
Cherry & Honey Ricotta Tart | Summer is the season for sweet cherries. My cherry and honey ricotta tart is the perfect dessert that is easy to make and delicious. 

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8 thoughts on “Fresh Cherry Tart Puff Pastry (Easy to Make Recipe)”

  • What a coincidence! I’ve just made this morning a cake that features both honey and ricotta (but used figs instead of cherry). Lovely combinations, will give this a try asap!

    • Thanks Andrea. This tart would be so delicious with figs. I’m going to have to try that one soon. It’s such a great summer recipe isn’t it?

  • The coloring on this tart is gorgeous! Love the combination of cherry and ricotta. Definitely a perfect use of cherry season.

  • This is a beautiful tart — and you make it look so easy to put together. I think it would be great for having company over! And cherries are my absolute favorite summer fruit!

    • Thanks Lisa. I am a huge fan of cherries. You are right about this being the perfect dessert for a get together.

  • I am so impressed! SO few ingredients and so much gorgeousness! I loved your strawberry crostini, and if this was adapted from that, it must be just as brilliant!

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