Cherry Tart for a Special Birthday #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 22 comments

Cherry Tart for a Special Birthday #SundaySupper

Happy Birthday, #SundaySupper! And Congratulations to Isabel of Family Foodie, who founded the movement one year ago. She has inspired families and food bloggers alike, and made Sundays a time to get together and share delicious meals in good company.

She is humble about her success, but it is quite astounding – #SundaySupper has grown and grown and gained huge media attention, as well as a loyal twitter following. However, Isabel has never wavered from the simple mission to get families around the supper table and she nurtures each member of the movement as if we were sitting around the table with her each week. It is a truly wonderful thing to be part of.

#SundaySupper is the reason for this blog – I first came across #SundaySupper on twitter and joined in the chat each week, posting the occasional picture. Despite the huge number of tweets coming in, Isabel still replied personally to me and invited me to be part of the movement. At first, I panicked. I was a travel blogger, not a food blogger – and I made things up as I went along in the kitchen. But I realised, that’s what this was all about. So, inspired and encouraged by the fantastic blogs of other contributors, Happy Baking Days was born.

Since then, I have been baking more and more, finding an excuse to indulge in something I love. It keeps me happy, and certainly keeps my nearest and dearest sweet! I can’t stick to a recipe and I love inventing things, so in food blogging, I’ve really found my niche!

And that comes as something of an apology this week, since to celebrate one year of #SundaySupper, we were asked to choose a recipe by another member of the group. I chose Paula of Vintage Kitchen Notes’ stunning Cherry Tart.

I have adapted her recipe in my own quirky, British way, but please, please go to the original because however I tried (this was attempt 2, by the way), I could just not get mine looking as perfect as hers. However, it’s a bit of a twist – I added cocoa to the pastry dough and make the custard filling the British way, heating the cream first and adding an extra egg yolk. I hope you enjoy it, and Paula, I hope you don’t mind me messing up your beautiful tart!

Cherry Flan

That is all a rather a long-winded way of saying, to Isabel and the whole #SundaySupper group – Happy Birthday! Now let’s celebrate!

Cherry Tart – Adapted from Vintage Kitchen Notes

(Original recipe here)


For the dough:

125g butter, melted and cooled

90g caster sugar

170g plain flour (I used a gluten-free blend)

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp ground almonds

For the filling:

200ml double cream

2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten.

50g caster sugar

A few drops vanilla extract

300g cherries


Grease a pie dish and preheat the oven to 180C.

I loved Paula’s recipe for the dough – it is so easy and pliable – a lot of fun! Mix the butter and caster sugar, then add the flour, cocoa powder and half the ground almonds. Stir until you have a ball of dough. Press the dough into the dish with your fingertips, making sure that it is even and not too thick. Bake for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, halve and pit the cherries.

Remove the pastry case from the oven and lower the oven temperature to about 150C.

Sprinkle the remaining ground almonds over the pastry base.

To make the custard, put the cream in a pan and gently heat over a low temperature until warmed through. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together in a jug until light and frothy. Slowly pour the cream onto this mixture, continuing to whisk all the time.

Place the cherries into the pastry case, then pout over the custard. Return to the oven for about 40 mins, but keep an eye on it. You want to keep a slight wobble in the centre.

Leave to cool, then serve with some fresh cream and enjoy!

Cherry Tart

For more celebratory inspiration, take a look at who’s sharing whose recipe – it’s one big potluck menu this week!

Sunday Supper Appetizers:

 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:

 Sunday Supper Main Dishes: 

Sunday Supper Veggies: 

SundaySupper Desserts and Snacks: 

 Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:

Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog 

I am excited to announce a New Addition:  Tablescape by An Appealing Plan, Anniversay Dinner featuring Cheesecake with Fresh Berries orginally posted by The Messy Baker Blog

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.




  1. It´s so sweet that you choose this recipe! I particularly love it, and there was another british blogger who asked me what I thought of adding cocoa too. It´s so perfect, I simply love chocolate and cherries. Gorgeous tart Katy! Have a wonderful sunday.
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Paula, I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  2. This looks absolutely lovely! Who can say no to an extra egg in custard anyway! Just makes it even more delicious and rich!
    Susan recently posted..Lasagna Soup – Happy Birthday #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks, Susan! If there’s one thing we Brits know well, it’s custard! It forms the basis of so many desserts!

  3. I will have to make this when we have amazing cherries in the summertime from British Columbia, it looks so good!!
    Tara recently posted..Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull Apart by Noshing With The Nolands inspired by In the Kitchen with KP #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I should have really waited until Summer to make this, but I have been lusting after it ever since I saw it on Paula’s site and I just couldn’t resist!

  4. What a delicious tart – great pick for today!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Honey Butter Dinner Rolls #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Erin!

  5. Great looking dessert!
    Amanda @ MarocMama recently posted..Polish Hunter’s Stew {Bigos} for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Amanda!

  6. I think your tart is gorgeous!!! Plus, I adore anything with cherries!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Pulled Pickled Pork ~ #SundaySupper Turns One!My Profile

    • Thank you Jen, very sweet of you to say!

  7. I drooled over Paul’s post and added it to my to-bake list when cherries are in season. I love cherries so much and this tart seems so amazing.
    Renee recently posted..Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I was going to wait until cherries are in season, but when this theme came up, I just had to make it! Will be making it again in the summer for sure!

  8. Cocoa in the crust sounds terrific! Great adaptation.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Menu Plan & Shopping List for 1/21/2013–1/25/2013My Profile

    • Thanks Lane! Chocolate and cherries are two flavours just meant to be together!

  9. mmm, love cherry desserts! I think I pinned this one a while back, it’s back up there now!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Beef Stroganoff for #SundaySupper’s Birthday!My Profile

  10. This tart looks absolutely delicious!!!I love cherries and this looks right up my alley :)
    Soni recently posted..Pumpkin Donut Puffs #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. I’m glad this recipe can be adapted for GF! I have a lot of friends who ask about great GF recipes, so I love having suggestions! Thanks for sharing :)
    kelly @ kellybakes recently posted..Nutella Shortbread Bars for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. I LOVE British custard! The eggier the better, in my opinion. Chocolate, cherry and custard is a winning combo.

  13. I love me some cherries! This tart looks amazing.

  14. Such a beautiful tart!!!
    bea recently posted..Oatmeal Cookies w/ Raisins Chocolate Nuts {#Dairyfree} or SeedsMy Profile

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