Apple cranberry tart

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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.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


for the crust

  • 1.5 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)

for the filling

  • 6 cooking apples (large) (granny smith, braeburn, fuji)
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cornflour/corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg



  • Peel, core, and slice the apples.


    for the crust

    • 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.
    • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a 28cm / 11in circle.
    • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and using a fork, puncture some holes in the crust bottom to prevent the crust from rising.
    • Fold the outer edges of dough to create a "rustic" crust (see photo).
    • Set to one side whilst you prepare the apple cranberry filling.

    for the filling

    • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F or Gas Mark 6.
    • Place the apples, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Add ½ cup water, cover and bring to a gentle boil.
    • Once boiling, reduce the heat, and simmer for a further 10 minutes before removing the pan from heat.
    • Stir the corn starch into ⅓ cup cold water until smooth; add the mixture to the cooked apple filling.
    • Stir the mixture well, and add the dried cranberries.
    • 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.
    • Dot the top with 2 tablespoons of butter, and sprinkle the crust with some granulated sugar.
    • Bake in the oven 40-50 minutes – watching closely to avoid scorching the crust.
    • 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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