Cranberry Apple Pecan Tart

by Kate on November 1, 2012

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Hello and welcome to November! Today we’re celebrating a momentous occasion in our lives. Today is Molly’s very first birthday!! I can hardly believe it. I have no clue where this last year has gone. Each milestone of Madelyn’s first year felt like it was nicely spaced and slowly reached. We were able to revel in each tiny accomplishment she made. We made home videos of every time she blinked, coo’ed or drooled practically.

Molly’s first year has flown by! It’s just been this whirlwind of activity that has just passed in the blink of an eye. I suppose it’s likely because I’m so much busier these days with the two little ones. Maddy’s birthday is only two weeks away also so things are getting hectic in our lives. Yikes! After back to back birthday extravaganzas things aren’t likely to slow down too much either because then we launch right into holiday planning.

I don’t know about you but I can hardly believe we are already embarking on the holiday season. I feel like autumn has hardly begun and here I am, already beginning to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Being an avid cook and baker, I can’t wait to get my creative juices flowing about what I’ll bring to our holiday celebrations. I, of course, always volunteer to create a dessert for the occasion. I love baking for my family and bringing them all together over a good meal.

A while ago, I made one of my favorite pies to date, a Cranberry Pear Pie. It was tart and sweet at the same time and was such a big hit with my family. It was delicious in its simplicity. Spices, fruit and crust. Nothing more. Cranberries are one of my favorite winter fruits and I love pairing them with nuts. In fact, I love the combination of most fruits with nuts. Personally, I always use Diamond of California nuts. I love that they’re always fresh and conveniently available at my local stores. But I also adore their pre-measured packages that are always the perfect amount that I need for a recipe so that if I only need a cup and a half, I can just buy what I need. Although, I usually buy the whole big bag to have on hand because I use Diamond of California Pecans and Walnuts so often.

As I was thinking about that pie and the holidays that are upon us, an idea started forming. For this easy holiday tart, I combined apples, fresh cranberries as well as dried and then topped it with a cinnamon brown sugar pecan streusel topping. The combination of tart fruit with a sweet, nutty streusel all in a flaky crust results in a tart that looks stunning and tastes like the holidays. I can’t wait to share this with my family and I hope you’ll share it with yours.

Enjoy!

~K

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Cranberry Apple Pecan Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 Tart

Cranberry Apple Pecan Tart

Tart apples and cranberries in a flaky crust topped with sweet, nutty cinnamon pecan streusel for a delightful, easy to make holiday tart.

Ingredients

  • 1 disk of refrigerated pie dough or your favorite recipe
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup Diamond of California Pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • whole pecans for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Fit the disk of pie dough into and up the sides of a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Prick the crust generously all over with the tines of a fork and bake the crust for 10-15 minutes until golden and nearly done. Cool completely.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring the apple cider, brown sugar, apples and both cranberries to a boil. Simmer until apples are just tender and the fresh cranberries start to burst, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid and set aside. Add the reserved liquid back to the pan. Simmer the liquid over medium low heat until thickened and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Add the liquid back to the fruit, tossing gently to coat. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix the egg, cornstarch, vanilla, salt and orange zest until smooth. Fold in the cooled apple cranberry mixture.
  7. Scrape the mixture into the baked tart shell and smooth evenly over crust.
  8. Combine pecans, flour, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the filling and garnish with whole pecans, if desired.
  9. Bake tart for 35-40 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
  10. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

Inspired by Taste of Home

https://foodbabbles.com/cranberry-apple-pecan-tart/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Wow! This looks amazingly delicious. I’m not a big fan of cranberries but I sure would try this! Have a great time celebrating Molly’s birthday πŸ™‚

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Kate November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thanks Liz! Glad you like it and thank you for the birthday wished for Molly.

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Annalise November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Gorgeous tart!

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Kate November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thanks Annalise!

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ChristineM November 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

wow, that looks so good! could be a new addition to holiday yummies!

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Kate November 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hope you give it a try! πŸ˜‰ If you do, I’ll be looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing your beautiful creation.

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Emma Deirdre November 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Wow this looks absolutely fantastic Kate! Incredible photos and such a comprehensive recipe, just great! I’m loving holiday season, I agree that things move by so fast!
P.s. Happy Birthday Molly! πŸ™‚

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Kate November 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Emma! I really appreciate your lovely comment and also thank you for the happy birthday wished for Molly.

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Matt mmWine Horbund November 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Looks holiday perfect πŸ™‚

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Matt!

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Anna @ hiddenponies November 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

This looks like a perfect pie! Congrats on Molly’s birthday – it is amazing with the second how much less time there is to sit and stare at every stage, but it’s special in it’s own speedy way too!

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Thanks Anna! And I agree, it was still special even if it did go so much faster.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

Oh my goodness, looks delicious! πŸ™‚

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Alice!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary November 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

A year? It’s been a whole year? Wow. Still, congrats to all of you and I would serve this as a birthday pie. I love all of it. I may profess my love for walnuts but maybe I should be honest. They had to work to get the same status as pecans, my first nut love. πŸ™‚

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Oh, I’m with you Barb! Pecans have a special place in my heart and it’s only been very recently that I’ve come to be able to enjoy walnuts. Thanks for the birthday wishes for Molly!

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Lisa November 3, 2012 at 3:18 am

Happy first birthday to Molly! What a way to celebrate with this gorgeous pie. I think this is the ultimate holiday pie…perfect for Thanksgiving OR Christmas, but I’d eat it anytime of the year. It’s beautiful, Kate…absolutely stunning!

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thanks Lisa! I really appreciate that and thanks for the happy birthday wishes for Miss Molly!!

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

How can she be a year old already? Seems like just yesterday you were still pregnant! Happy birthday, Molly! This tart looks amazing–the perfect Fall treat!

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Kate November 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

It went SO fast!! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Molly and glad you like the tart too πŸ™‚

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I would love this for my birthday! πŸ™‚ Beautiful tart!

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Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thanks so much Jessica!

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Terra November 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I am so there, I truly need a slice of this gorgeous tart! Ever flavor in the tart makes me happy, especially the pecans…..oh my yum!!! Hugs, Terra

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Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Terra! I’m so glad you like it πŸ™‚ It’s truly a wonderful fall or winter tart full of wonderful flavors.

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