Cherry, almond & lemon mascarpone tart

Round off an idyllic afternoon with friends by presenting this stunning, make-ahead dessert

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:45 mins
    Plus 30 mins chilling
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 847
  • fat 62g
  • saturates 30g
  • carbs 68g
  • sugars 50g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 0.44g


  • 375g block dessert pastry
  • about 700g/1lb 9oz cherries, stoned
  • 100 g/ 4 oz unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100 g/ 4 oz golden caster sugar
  • 100 g/ 4 oz ground almond
  • 1 egg
  • splash of Disaronno or Marsala, if you have it
  • 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 140 g/ 5 oz icing sugar, plus extra for dusting


  1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to just thinner than a £1 coin. Use to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, leaving an overhang on the sides. Leave to chill in the fridge on a baking sheet. To make the frangipane, whizz everything together in a food processor until combined.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line the tart case with baking parchment and beans. Bake for 20 mins, then remove parchment and beans, lightly prick the base with a fork and continue to bake for 10 mins until pale biscuity. Spread the frangipane over the base and return to the oven for 15 mins until cooked. Remove from the oven, trim the sides of the pastry and leave to cool completely.

  3. Beat the mascarpone with the lemon zest and juice and the icing sugar. Spread over the frangipane. Arrange the cherries on top, dust heavily with icing sugar, remove from the tin and serve.

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