Valentine Cherry Tartlet

cherry tartletsTartlets are an individual pastry case with a filling of fruit or other sweet or savoury mixture. In Germany we fill them with all kinds of fruit such as strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. The filling consists of quark which is not very common in the USA but I found an online resource where you can buy it, and I will post a recipe of how to make it at home.
Find the recipe of how to make quark here
Ingredients (6-8 pieces)
25 g sugar
80 g butter
1 pinch salt
1 egg
125 g flour
75 g ground hazelnuts
250 g quark (40%)
3 tbsp heavy cream
1-2 tbsp sugar
grated peel of 1 organic orange
500 g sour cherries (jar or fresh)
4-5 tbsp cherry jam

How you’ll make it
– Mix sugar, butter and salt until creamy; add the egg, mix in hazelnuts and flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth and wrap it in aluminum foil, keep it cool for 30 minutes.
– Sprinkle flour on a smooth surface and roll  the dough; grease the tartlet forms and put the dough all around the edges. With a fork poke several wholes in each tartlet.
– Bake them in the pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes on 350 degrees F (170 C).
– For the filling mix quark, cream, sugar and orange peel, and fill it into the tartlets when they are done and had cooled off  a bit.
– Sour cherries (without pits) from the jar: Pour them through a strainer, let them drain, then arrange them on the tartlets. If you should use fresh sour cherries wash them, let them drain, take out pits, then arrange them on the tartlets.
– Heat cherry jam while stiring, and spread a thin layer over the cherries.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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