Apple cranberry tart

  • Serves: 8 servings
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Total time: 1½ hours


  • For the crust:
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • For the filling:
  • 6 large cooking apples (Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. cornflour/corn starch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
Apple cranberry tart

It doesn't get any more festive or homey than an apple cranberry tart – this is best described as a “centerpiece dessert” because it's a gorgeous feast for the eyes, and taste buds.

Thank you to Cynthia Briggs for kindly sharing this recipe.


Peel, core, and slice the apples.


  1. For the crust
  2. Mix the flour, cream cheese, and butter in food processor using the pulse action. Mix until the dough begins forming a ball, stop the processor, and shape the dough into a ball by hand.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a 28cm/ 11in circle.
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and using a fork, puncture some holes in the crust bottom to prevent the crust from rising.
  5. Fold the outer edges of dough to create a "rustic" crust (see photo).
  6. Set to one side whilst you prepare the apple cranberry filling.
  7. For the Filling
  8. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F or Gas Mark 6.
  9. Place the apples, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Add ½ cup water, cover and bring to a gentle boil.
  10. Once boiling, reduce the heat, and simmer for a further 10 minutes before removing the pan from heat.
  11. Stir the corn starch into ⅓ cup cold water until smooth; add the mixture to the cooked apple filling.
  12. Stir the mixture well, and add the dried cranberries.
  13. Pour the apple cranberry filling into prepared crust, and adjust the outer edge by folding it toward the centre of tart – the edge of this tart is finished like a single-crust pie except with a wider free-form edge.
  14. Dot the top with 2 tablespoons of butter, and sprinkle the crust with some granulated sugar.
  15. Bake in the oven 40-50 minutes – watching closely to avoid scorching the crust.
  16. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
The cranberry is one of three fruits native to North America. The other two are the Concord grape and the blueberry.

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Lisa Larocco - Mar 25, 2014, 15:36


This is a beautiful apple tart.  I can’t wait to make the crust with the cream cheese it in.  Sounds so moist and delicious.

Think I will try this for Easter.  It will look gorgeous sitting out on the counter.  You could add almost any complimentary fruit to the apples.

Love this website—everything looks super yummy!

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