Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CITRUS CHERRY TARTS

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup unsweetened cherry juice
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp grated orange peel
4 cups tart unsweetened cherries
9 tart shells
whipped cream for garnish, if desired
chopped almonds for garnish, if desired

In  a 2-quart saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, orange juice, lemon juice and cherry juice; mix together well.  Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and turned clear.  Remove from the heat.

Add the butter, orange rind, and cherries to the mixture.  Gently stir with a rubber spatula to blend together well.  Allow to cook for 2 or 3 minutes; pour into the tart shells. 

Allow to cool completely before serving.  Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped almonds, if desired.

Yield: 9 tarts (1 tart per serving!)

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