Chocolate Cherry Tart with Almond Whipped Cream

This Chocolate Cherry Tart with Almond Whipped Cream is the perfect treat for any chocolate lover in your life!

This Chocolate Cherry Tart with Almond Whipped Cream is the perfect treat for any chocolate lover in your life!

Before we get started on this recipe, I’m still celebrating my one-year blog birthday!  So be sure to enter my giveaway for the Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook by Linsday Landis!!

This is my sixth month participating in the Improv Challenge, hosted by Kristen over at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. If you haven’t heard about the Improv Challenge, each month participants are assigned two ingredients to pair together to create a fun, new recipe. This month’s ingredients were cherries and almonds.

The toughest part of this challenge was not eating all of the cherries before I finished preparing this dessert.

Seriously, after I made the cherry sauce, I placed it in a bowl on the table for serving…and came into the dining room to find Doodle eating it directly out of the bowl.  I couldn’t get too upset at him, since he turned to me with a serious look on his face and cherry juice dripping off his chin and said, “This is sooooo good, mom.”

Can’t say I disagree.

Although this dessert looks super fancy (at least it does to my pretty low-key household), it really was a breeze to make.  I used my no-roll pie crust (although you could certainly use a pre-prepared crust from the refrigerated section), and the filling whipped up in just under 10 minutes. The almond whipped cream was a snap, and the added flavoring was really a nice complement to the chocolate and cherries.

This Chocolate Cherry Tart with Almond Whipped Cream is the perfect treat for any chocolate lover in your life!

If you have any chocolate lovers in your life, make this.

Chocolate Cherry Tart with Almond Whipped Cream
adapted from Sunset Magazine, July 2010
  • Pre-bake your pie crust according to package directions, or use this recipe for a no-roll pie crust.
For the chocolate filling:
  • 7 ounces top-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg
For the cherries and whipped cream:
  • ¾ pound pitted cherries
  • 2 to 5 tablespoons sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ¾ teaspoon almond extract
  • slivered almonds, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 250.
To make the chocolate filling:
  1. Put chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Heat cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering, then pour over chocolate. Let sit a few minutes, then stir gently until smooth.
  2. Break egg into a separate medium bowl, then pour into chocolate mixture, whisking constantly until incorporated (keep whisk in contact with bottom of bowl so as not to whip in air bubbles).
  3. Pour mixture into the tart shell and bake until just set (no longer jiggles), 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely.
To make your topping:
  1. Warm cherries in a saucepan over low heat with granulated sugar to taste until sugar melts. Whip cream with 2 tbsp. sugar and almond extract until soft peaks form.
  2. Cut tart into slices and serve each with a few cherries and a dollop of cream on top.

Check out my previous Improv entries:

Peanut Butter {and Peanut Butter Cup} and Jelly Bars
Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins with Blue Cheese and Cheddar Cheese
Carrot Cake Cookies with Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Lemon Cream Cupcakes with Raspberry Cheesecake Buttercream
Cranberry Muffins with Eggnog Cream

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!

And be sure to check out everyone else’s goodies!

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  1. Chocolate and Cherries…and in this case almond are the perfect pair!
    Shawn @ I Wash…You Dry recently posted..Zesty Grilled Santa Fe Chicken + A GiveawayMy Profile

  2. This looks amazing – I wish I had a slice right now! Great Improv choice!
    Pam @ The Meltaways recently posted..Improv Challenge: Homemade Maraschino CherriesMy Profile

  3. My husband would absolutely love this! I think I’ll be making this soon. Delicious choice for the Improv Challenge. 🙂
    Cookaholic Wife recently posted..Improv Challenge: Cherry Filled Almond CupcakesMy Profile

  4. You definitely outdid yourself this time!
    dena recently posted..Almond Rice Pudding with Amaretto Cherry SauceMy Profile

  5. This looks so delicious and beautiful. I love chocolate and cherries together!
    Teri @ The Freshman Cook recently posted..Red, White, and Blue BiscottiMy Profile

  6. looks delicious!
    amy @ fearless homemaker recently posted..skinny tropical green smoothieMy Profile

  7. I love the chocolate pie with cherries. What a gorgeous dessert.
    Kristen recently posted..Gluten Free Cherry SconesMy Profile

  8. This looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing

  9. This looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing

  10. That is amazing looking! I can see why Doodle was eating it out of the bowl:-) LOVE!!!

  11. That is amazing looking! I can see why Doodle was eating it out of the bowl:-) LOVE!!!

  12. Chocolate and Cherries with Almonds; you and I had the same thought, Ashley! Delicious!

    ICC #22
    Robyn recently posted..Almonds and Cherries for the Improve Cooking ChallengeMy Profile

  13. beautiful pictures!

  14. No surprise why Doodle was eating out of the bowl–this rocks. I love chocolate & cherries. And homemade cherry sauce? Amazeballs.
    Hayley recently posted..Pretzel-Bottom Oatmeal Scotchie BarsMy Profile

  15. Oh my, Ashley! I could just dive in face-first into that chocolate filling, I do believe.
    Melody♪♫ recently posted..almond flour crêpes with honey pastry cream & cherriesMy Profile

  16. Sounds yummy!
    Terry recently posted..Chocolate Tunnel of LoveMy Profile

  17. This looks yummy! I made a tart, too, for the Improv challenge. I can’t wait to try your no-roll pie crust!

  18. That looks stunning!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Cookies ‘n Cookie Dough Ice CreamMy Profile

  19. What a beautiful tart Ashley! Love how you’ve incorporated two types of almond ingredients for the Improv Challenge! (Is that bonus points?) 🙂 I had a similar problem with keeping the cherries around long enough to prepare a dish for the challenge. I bought fresh cherries twice… and B and I ate them all before I got to cooking.
    Amber @ The Cook’s Sister recently posted..Improv Challenge: Cherries and AlmondsMy Profile

  20. This was fabulous. Make it for me again please!!!!!!!!!!

  21. As always Yummy and beautiful!
    Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen recently posted..Black Forrest Parfaits with AlmondsMy Profile

  22. Wow! This tart looks divine! And your pictures are just gorgeous! : )
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart recently posted..Cherry Almond Pastry BarsMy Profile

  23. Isn’t it terrible, you used our two flavors, and I am seeing the CHOCOLATE? The cherries are delicious looking.
    Chaya recently posted..Maple Cherry Berry SmoothieMy Profile

  24. Your pie is gorgeous! I have to say, I love the chocolate/cherry combo. Great choice for the Improv..

  25. what BEAUTIFUL pictures! I love this recipe so much. Chocolate and cherries together are perfect. Kinda like pb + chocolate. 🙂 And that almond whipped cream has me going nuts. What a beautiful tart!
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..nutella swirled peanut butter banana bread.My Profile

  26. Oh my gosh, that looks AMAZING! I love the idea of pairing cherry with chocolate. DIVINE!
    Lesa @Edesia’s Notebook recently posted..Improv Challenge: Grilled Cherry Almond ChickenMy Profile

  27. This looks amazing! I wish I had a slice right now!

  28. I just saw your picture on FoodGawker and was drooling immediately! I had to come right over and tell you how insanely good this sounds (and looks!) Wonderful job. I’ll be making this very very soon. Yum!!
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted..Chocolate Macarons with Balsamic Ganache ~ #MonthlyMiettesMy Profile

  29. Oh so pretty! Cherries have very high antioxidant content. Good for skin, and reverses aging. High in melatonin too, a sleep regulator. Putting all that in the backseat, this still looks delicious! =)
    myfudo recently posted..savory dishes: summertime & nelly’s bbq spare ribsMy Profile

  30. wow…this is gorgeous!

  31. Looks delicious!


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