11/07/2010

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Cranberry and Caramel Walnut Tart





Cranberry and Caramel Walnut Tart
8 servings


For the Tart Dough

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
9 tablespoons (4 1/2 oz) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 extra large egg

For the Filling
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup walnuts, toasted (350º F for 10 minutes) and roughly chopped

For the Tart Dough:
In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt.  Pulse until combined.  Scatter the butter pieces over the flour.   Process in short bursts until the butter is the size of peas.  Add the egg and process in long pulses, about 5-7 seconds until the dough has started to clump.  Place a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and dump the dough onto the surface.  Using the plastic wrap and the back of your hands, gently press the dough into a disk.  Wrap tightly with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Remove the dough from the refrigerator.  If refrigerated overnight, let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.  On a  lightly floured work surface roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle, flouring the dough and surface as necessary to keep the dough from sticking.  Roll up the dough around the rolling pin and gently unroll it over an 9 1/2-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.  Fit the dough into the edge of the pan.  Roll the rolling pin over the top of the pan to remove the excess dough (let the kids practice their baking skills with the scraps).  Place the tart onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or place in the freezer for 15 minutes. 

Line the tart with aluminum foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove the weights and foil and bake for another 3-5 minutes.  Place on a rack to cool completely.  Reduce the oven temperature to 325º F.

For the Filling:
In a heavy-bottom saucepan, stir together the sugar and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Tilting and swirling the pan so the sugar melts evenly.  Do not stir or the sugar will recrystallize.  Cook until the sugar dissovles and the syrup begins to turn golden.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the syrup is a golden amber,  about 6-8 minutes.  Watch carefully to avoid burning the syrup.  Remove from the heat and very slowly pour in the cream.  The mixture will bubble up vigorously.  When the bubbling stops, return the pan to a low heat and stir well with a whisk to dissolve any caramel clumps.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the vanilla and salt.  Add the cranberries and walnuts and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture into the cooled tart shell and bake the tart until the cranberries have popped and the mixture is bubbling, about 25-30 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Remove the sides of the tart pan and slide the tart on to a serving plate.  Serve at room temperature with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream.  Enjoy!









11 comments:

  1. Wonderful tart. I'm in the middle of trying a bunch of cranberry recipes. Will have to try this one out.

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  2. That looks incredible! I still have bags of cranberries from last winter in my freezer (!) and I've been trying to figure out what to do with them. Now I just have to figure out an event to make this for :)

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  3. Mmm.I made this last year when I found the recipe on Epicurios.com anf just had to try it! Soooooo good. I posted about it sometime ago!
    No more pumpkin pie for us at thanksgiving!

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  4. Kelly-
    The recipe calls for fresh cranberries, but you can certainly use frozen ones. You may have to bake it 5 minutes more to get the cranberries to pop! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Leslie-
    The Cranberry Walnut Tart on Epicurious is slightly different than mine, but it looks equally delicious! I agree with you that it is nice to have other options on the sweets table at Holiday gatherings than the standard pumpkin pie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This tart looks amazing! The colours are so bright and beautiful, what a perfect holiday dessert!

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  7. Eva-
    Thanks for the kind words! The tart really is beautiful. The cranberries are like little edible jewels.

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  8. I'm so glad to find your recipe -- I looked at the one on epicurious, but it has nearly a stick of additional butter, and between the crust and the cream I just couldn't deal. This sounds more reasonable, and just as delicious! Can't wait to try it...

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  9. Emily-
    This recipe is certainly lighter in calories than the Epicurious version and has equally great flavor. And since it is lighter, feel free to add some sweetened whipped cream, whipped crème fraiche, or even a good vanilla ice cream. Hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Can I use dried cranberries? What will be the baking time?

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  11. Jess Joseph-
    I can't say if dried cranberries would be a good substitute for fresh. In my opinion, I would not recommend it. You could use frozen cranberries.

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