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Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Tart

Fresh cranberries are paired with sweet ripe pears and then placed in a delicious walnut shortbread crust. This tart is festive, crispy and perfect for any special dinner or event. It offers the sweetness of the beautifully combined fruits without being overly sweet. Toasted almond ice cream on top rounds this dessert out, creating the perfect bite or two or three…

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Position a rack near the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk, half-and-half, and vanilla.

Pear Cranberry Tart ingredents

Pear Cranberry Tart egg yolk vanilla half and half

Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse until combined.

Pear Cranberry Tart Flour sugar salt

Add the butter and pulse until the butter pieces are no longer visible.

Pear Cranberry Tart Add Butter

With the processor running, add the yolk mixture in a steady stream and then pulse until the moisture is fairly evenly dispersed, 10 to 20 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Using your hands, mix in the chopped walnuts to distribute them evenly. The dough will be a mealy, crumbly mass.

Pear Cranberry Tart Add walnuts

Pour the crumb mixture into a 9-1/2-inch round fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.

Pear Cranberry Tart Pour in Tart Pan

Starting with the sides of the pan, firmly press the crumbs against the pan to create a crust about 1/4 inch thick. Press the remaining crumbs evenly against the bottom of the pan.

Pear Cranberry Tart Press in Tart Pan

Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork and freeze for 10 minutes. Bake until the sides just begin to darken and the bottom is set, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Pear Cranberry Tart Finished Pressing

Filling

Peel the pears, quarter them lengthwise, core, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Pear Cranberry-Tart Halfed and cored pears

Pear-Cranberry Tart Sliced Pears

In a food processor, coarsely chop the cranberries.

Pear Cranberry Tart Food processed Cranberries

In a medium bowl, mix the pears, cranberries, and brandy. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt; add to the cranberry-pear mixture, tossing to combine.

Pear Cranberry Tart Filling ingredients

Pear Cranberry Tart Pouring brandy

Pear Cranberry Tart Add pears to cranberries

Pear Cranberry Tart mixed cranberries and pears

Spoon the filling into the par-baked crust, leveling the filling and packing it down slightly with the back of a spoon.

Pear Cranberry Tart Filling mixture pressed in pan

Streusal & Bake

In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, and salt.

Pear Cranberry Tart Flour brown sugar salt

Pear Cranberry Tart Mixed brown sugar flour salt

Add the melted butter and vanilla. Combine with your fingers until the mixture begins to clump together in small pieces when pressed. Sprinkle the streusel over the filling, breaking it into smaller pieces if necessary.

Pear-Cranberry Tart Butter Crumble

Pear Cranberry Tart Start struesl on-tart

Bake at 350°F until the fruit is tender when pierced with a fork and the streusel and the edges of the crust are golden brown, about 50 minutes. If the tart begins to get overly brown at the edges, cover with foil. Let the tart cool on a rack until it’s just barely warm before serving. The tart will keep, covered and at room temperature, for two to three days.

Pear Cranberry Tart Steusel finish

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Cranberry-Pear-Walnut Tart

  • Yield: 12 1x

Ingredients

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Walnut Shortbread Crust

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbs. half-and-half
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 63/4 oz. (11/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped

Cranberry Pear Filling

  • 3 large ripe pears, such as Anjou or Bartlett
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, picked through and rinsed
  • 1 Tbs. brandy
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt

Buttery Brown Sugar Streusal

  • 13/4 oz. (1/3 cup plus 1 Tbs.) unbleachedall-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Position a rack near the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk, half-and-half, and vanilla.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse until combined.
  3. Add the butter and pulse until the butter pieces are no longer visible.
  4. With the processor running, add the yolk mixture in a steady stream and then pulse until the moisture is fairly evenly dispersed, 10 to 20 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Using your hands, mix in the chopped walnuts to distribute them evenly. The dough will be a mealy, crumbly mass.
  5. Pour the crumb mixture into a 9-1/2-inch round fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
  6. Starting with the sides of the pan, firmly press the crumbs against the pan to create a crust about 1/4 inch thick. Press the remaining crumbs evenly against the bottom of the pan.
  7. Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork and freeze for 10 minutes. Bake until the sides just begin to darken and the bottom is set, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Filling:

  1. Peel the pears, quarter them lengthwise, core, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  2. In a food processor, coarsely chop the cranberries.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the pears, cranberries, and brandy. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt; add to the cranberry-pear mixture, tossing to combine.
  4. Spoon the filling into the par-baked crust, leveling the filling and packing it down slightly with the back of a spoon.

Streusal & Bake

  1. In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Add the melted butter and vanilla. Combine with your fingers until the mixture begins to clump together in small pieces when pressed. Sprinkle the streusel over the filling, breaking it into smaller pieces if necessary.
  3. Bake at 350°F until the fruit is tender when pierced with a fork and the streusel and the edges of the crust are golden brown, about 50 minutes. If the tart begins to get overly brown at the edges, cover with foil. Let the tart cool on a rack until it’s just barely warm before serving. The tart will keep, covered and at room temperature, for two to three days.

Notes

Attributed to | Fine Cooking

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