cherry goat cheese rustic tarts

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, cherry season, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, summertime, Vegan

If I made these just like my dark chocolate cherry galettes, can I still call them rustic tarts?

They are basically the same thing, a free form dessert filled with goodness.

I have made a second batch of this goat cheese (recipe coming soon, I promise promise!), and I have been enjoying it with all kinds of things. The best pairing? A tangy goat cheese with a sweet cherry, enveloped into a flaky warm sugared crust.

Look at that sugar.

I spared a precious few cherries from my dwindling stash. Yes, I only have two containers in the freezer, and, well, a pretty large container of dehydrated. The summer of cherries is almost over. Only a few recipes left.

It is not an accident that I chose to make my own goat cheese during August – which is National Goat Cheese Month. We are going to be celebrating every day until September. and then some.

cherry goat cheese rustic tarts

adapted from dark chocolate cherry galettes

dairy, egg and gluten free, vegan

makes four individual galettes

40-50 fresh cherries, pitted
1/3 cup sugar, divided
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 pie crust recipe (see below)
1/4 cup olive oil 

Combine cherries with 2 tablespoons sugar and juice, stir until sugar is dissolved. Divide cherries and goat cheese among 4 pies, arrange in the center of each pie (see directions below), leaving an inch border. Fold the border of crust up around filling, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350 for 27-32 minutes (check at 27).

easy gluten free and vegan pie crust

dairy, egg and gluten free, vegan

makes 4 individual galettes (or one single crust pie)

1 cup sweet rice flour
1 cup all purpose flour (gluten free)
1/2 cup cold butter (Earth Balance – not soy free)
1/4 – 1/2 cup cold water*

Combine flours and butter with dough cutter or fork. Add water gradually* – start with 1/4 cup and add by tablespoon after that until dough is forms. Knead and form a ball, wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Divide into four equal pieces and roll into small circles. Arrange on baking sheet lined in parchment or silpat.

I wish I could share these with each and every one of you.


{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

My dear, I wish you could share this with me too!


2 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

wouldn’t that be great? with a nice cool glass of wine…


3 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

Yes PLEASE!!! I never think to do rustic tarts and I have no idea why. I bet the boys would love this…me too!!!


4 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

they are so easy – the imperfect perfect, right? 😉


5 purelylori August 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

yum yum this tart sounds to die for :)
wish I could grab it off the computer haha


6 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

when ARE they going to invent that technology, anyway!? 😉


7 Allie August 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

Ooo, I wish you could too! And you better keep that goat cheese promise!


8 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I will!! working on it as we speak – honestly not trying to be a tease! 😉


9 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

oh my gosh those look wonderful! i love the sweet with the tangy! it’s not even noon, and I’m craving dessert! haha


10 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

these could possibly be called breakfast? 😉


11 lindsay August 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

hold the phone, it’s goat cheese month? Oh i am missing out! MUST STOCK UP! hehe. <3


12 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

yes, yes it is 😉 get on that, my friend!!


13 Heather @ Better With Veggies August 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

These look amazing – goat cheese recipe is needed now! :)


14 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I know, I know… I really am not trying to tease! I had very little time to post yesterday, and this one was complete 😉 I’m working on the goat cheese right now – going over my notes from making it twice! 😀


15 bitt August 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I may be kind of out of it but I’m really confused, is the cheese vegan? Why call it goat cheese? I get mixed up on your blog sometimes because you do sometimes have animal products.


16 spabettie August 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

yes, the cheese is vegan, I am sharing the recipe soon. I call it goat cheese because the tangy flavor and the consistency of goat cheese is what I was emulating. I don’t get into the renaming things like “mylk” or “cheeze” because it is different. I am calling this “goat cheese” in the same way someone may call something “vegan velveeta” or “vegan brie”. no goats involved.


17 Linda Mercury August 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

*wanders off to buy some cherries*


18 Linda Mercury August 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

(not that I’ll actually bake anything with them, though….)


19 spabettie August 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

ha – I know… when I picked that first batch off the tree, I came in and started pitting them… one for the bowl, one for me, one for the bowl…

how I managed to save any for recipes is beyond me!


20 janetha August 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

oh. oh, so yum. !!!


21 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I am so intrigued by this Vegan Goat Cheese – I can’t wait to see the recipe!!!


22 spabettie August 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

hi Alyssa – it is here, published this morning! 😉


23 Beth @ Tasty Yummies August 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Um yes please! I would like if you could share one of these right now, too. Oh and like everyone else, I seriously cannot wait for this vegan goat cheese recipe! I miss goat cheese!


24 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I wish you could share all that deliciousness too. You’re killing me with all these fabulous recipes. Now I have to make the pasta and the tarts!


25 spabettie August 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

oh, good – I hope you do – enjoy! :)


26 Maddy August 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

You’re killing me with this goat cheese teasing! 😉


27 spabettie August 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

it’s here, it’s here!! published this morning! 😉


28 Lou August 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

this is acceptable for breakfast, right?


29 Lora @cakeduchess August 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

These little rustic tarts look fantastic! I love making fruit tarts in the summer time. Your cherries look so good!:)xx


30 spabettie August 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

thanks, Lora! I’ll trade you for some sourdough pizza… 😉 WHY can’t we be neighbors!?


31 Corrie August 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

yum, these sound incredible. can’t wait for the goat cheese recipe!


32 Grandma Wrinkles August 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

next summer I will be there to help you pick and eat cherries! then make this for me!? what have you done, making goat cheese! amazing.


33 Jenna August 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

and with my new goat cheese I will make these! (your making me rhyming over here…)


34 Amy at Kid Cultivation August 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

We just got back from vacation in Traverse City, MI and brought back a huge bag of cherries. I am now a woman with a plan. Thank you!


35 Kath (My Funny Little Life) August 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Aww, these look wonderful! I probably should try things like these again, although I still tend to shy away from eating too many carbs due to my sensitive blood sugar. But it has gotten better during the past months, so I should probably try some baking again.


36 writemypapers May 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

ohh this looks soo yummy! ive only recently started eating goats cheese too and am loving it. what a great list….i don’t think i have that long a list for the winter i’ve just had…i hope to have a list like yours in my upcoming summer starting soon!


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