Cranberry Walnut Tart

cranberry_walnut_tartOh wow..look at me, I am posting a recipe! I bet y’all thought I forgot how to cook. There has just been so many exciting things going on in my life, I hope you guys haven’t minded me sharing them with you via my silly videos! (Oh, and I am on HSN again on Wed. Feb 10th between 6 and 7 pm , with an adorable Nordic Ware Brownie Bites Pan)
tartI made this heavenly little tart for Christmas…yes you heard me, Christmas. Ahh, cut me some slack I have been SUPER busy! Everyone was ohhh’ing and ahhh’ing over this. My husband said it was his favorite thing I have ever made. He about had a heart attack when I told my Mom I was leaving the leftovers with her.
This little gem was sweet but not too sweet. The recipe called for Corn Syrup. But I prefer to use Lyles Golden Syrup(you can find it in British Grocery Stores or on line). Corn syrup is too Corn Syrup-y for me!!! lol

If you want to impress you guests and are tired of the same ol same ol desserts, MAKE THIS!!


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons ice water
Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Beat together yolk and water with a fork and stir into flour mixture until combined well.

Gently knead mixture in bowl with floured hands just until a dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 or 5 times more. Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch disk. Chill, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at least 1 hour


3 large eggs
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries (7 oz; thawed if frozen)
1 cup chopped walnuts (1/4 pound)(TOASTED)

Special equipment: a 10- to 11-inch round tart pan (1 inch deep) with a removable bottom; pie weights or raw rice
Make shell:
Roll out dough into a 13-inch round (1/8 inch thick) on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin and fit into tart pan. Trim edge of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang inward and press against side of pan to reinforce edge. Lightly prick bottom of shell all over with a fork, then chill 30 minutes.

Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F. Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights.

Bake until pastry is set and pale golden on rim, about 15 minutes. Carefully remove foil and weights and bake shell until pale golden all over, 5 to 10 minutes more. Transfer shell in pan to a rack.

Make filling:
Move oven rack to middle position and reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth, then stir in cranberries and walnuts.

Pour filling into shell and bake tart until filling is set and golden, 40 to 45 minutes. (If pastry edge darkens before tart is done, cover edge with a pie shield or foil.) Cool completely in pan on rack.


  1. 1

    I love cranberry everything. Hubs is allergic to nuts so I guess I get this one all to myself:)

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    This looks great Leslie. I will be looking out for you on the 10th on HSN. Love my dorking blogging friend. You make dorky cool. Ü

    Oh and that is about what my husband said when i was giving out pieces of the pound cake. He said are you kidding me. LOL

  3. 3

    This looks really fantastic Leslie – I love the cranberry and walnut combination.

  4. 4

    What a wonderful looking tart! Yum 🙂

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Amazing and what a perfect holiday recipe! Will save and archive for this years holiday season!!

  6. 6

    That is a beautiful tart, I bet it was awesome.

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    noble pig says:

    Okay, first I saw you on HSN. I recorded it and watched it a couple days later. YOU WERE SO AWESOME!! I bet it was soooo nerve-wracking…ugh.

    Then this, oh wow, wow, yum.

  8. 8

    you're rocking hsn! way to go!!!

  9. 9

    Love cranberries and nuts! I think 80% of what I make has nuts in it, you know, the whole protein thing. Cranberries are fruit, flour is grain, butter is dairy, vanilla is a bean so more protein, brown sugar comes from a plant which means fiber. Tarts are therefore healthy. I can justify anything when it comes to dessert. You are doing fabulous with all that is happening. Feel free to use my 'slash and pack' term on HSN.

  10. 10

    Wow…that looks fabulous. I doubt anyone can resisit this. It's so full of wholesome goodness. I eally like it. Thanks for sharing.

  11. 11

    Wow, that looks beautiful and delicious. Thanks for the heads up about the HSN – I will tune in! Especially for something brownie related..ha! And to support my fellow food blogger..of course 🙂

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    When I first saw the picture I though to myself, what a great Christmas dessert this would make. And yes, you had made it for Christmas lol! It looks like something that I would absolutely adore!

  13. 13

    Perfect timing! I'm throwing a small dinner party next weekend and needed to find a dessert! I'll let you know how everyone likes it!
    Congratulations, by the way, on all of the cool things that are happening in your life! That's great!

  14. 14

    You can post one of your videos every day and I would watch it- you make them such fun.

    Someone told me to order Lyle's Golden Syrup (probably you) so I have a small can of it to try. Cranberries would stop your tart from being too sweet- it looks great!

    I bet this time on HSN you won't even break a sweat!

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    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    This is just beautiful!

  16. 16

    i've had this recipe bookmarked since i first saw it many moons ago. you seem to have executed it perfectly, for i'm more attracted to it now than i was when i saw it on epicurious. nicely done, leslie!

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    cookies and cups says:

    It's really pretty and your pictures are great!

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    Diana's Cocina says:

    Oh, my, this looks awesome! Do ya have any left over???

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    ***Holly*** says:

    Easy but impressive looking – I like it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  20. 20

    Wow…you have definitely been busy! Sounds like so much fun to be on HSN! The cranberry tart looks delicious! I know I would love a slice of that!

  21. 21

    Nicely done Leslie! It looks like a perfect blend of tart and sweet!

  22. 22

    Well, you've sort of been a little busy, you know!

    Funny, I was reading a magazine from the UK and a recipe called for golden syrup and I thought WTF? Good to know what it is now!

  23. 23

    This is really beautiful. I have to agree with your hubby, I would've wanted the leftovers all to myself too :). I still have some Christmas food to post too, lol, you are one busy woman these days so you are totally excused! 😀

  24. 24

    oh this looks so good! i so wish my guy wasn't allergic to walnuts, but i just might make this anyway! great recipe!

  25. 25

    This is a beautiful tart and I love anything with cranberries. I am glad to hear you will be on HSN once again…have fun!

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    Daily Freebies says:

    Awesome!! Looks amazing, nice work!!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    It sounds like a cranberry pecan pie…which is right up my ally!

  28. 28

    Oh! What a nice and yummie tart..cranberry and walnut, great combination of flavors…really like how you presented it 🙂

  29. 29

    This looks delicious! I am always looking for new dessert recipes, and I adore cranberries, plus I love that you include the pastry instructions. Too often I see something I'd love to make, only to see the ingredients begin with frozen store bought crust. It shatters my faith in the rest of the dessert. But not with this tart!

  30. 30

    What a gorgeous tart! I hadn't heard of this syrup before, so thanks for the info.

  31. 31

    My mom made this for Thanksgiving and I have to say it blew the pumpkin pie and pear trifle out of the water. What a fabulous recipe – I agree with your husband it's one of the best desserts out there!

  32. 32

    I think it's my favorite thing ever too and I haven't even tasted it!

  33. 33

    Mmmmm!!! Ñammmm!! Really fabulous and a beautiful presentation!!
    A kiss from spain ;o)

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    Olga (MangoTomato) says:

    What a pretty tart! It's almost like a fun granola mix in a dessert.

    Have fun w/your 2nd HSN appearance!

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    WizzyTheStick says:

    Pretty tart and one that I have been meaning to try but for a lack of cranberries:-( I'll just have to droll over this one

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    pigpigscorner says:

    wow your tart is loaded! Looks so good!

  37. 37

    That looks so good! All the deliciousness of pecan pie but a bit less sweet – yum!

  38. 38

    That is gorgoeus! I love cranberries! I am glad you posted a recipe, I missed them! Love the HSN video, you did an excellent job!

  39. 39

    What a gorgeous tart – cranberries and walnuts are so great together!

  40. 40

    I'm going to have to try this 🙂 Loooks great!

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    Claire ( says:

    holy cow, looks amazing!

  42. 42

    ….that's "bridges OF madison county" and "TOO stuffy". Check your profile. 🙂

  43. 43

    THAT is something else I want for my Bday!!! YUM YUM YUM! Now I am dreaming of it!

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    Diana's Cocina says:

    Girl, I need a fix from The Hungry Housewife!! Hee hee! Just checking in to see how you are and how's it going with HSN.

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    Chef Fresco says:

    What a yummy looking tart!! And congrats on your HSN appearance!

  46. 46

    I LOVE everything cranberry but have never had a tart like this before. Im saving this gem of a recipe! Thanks for the beautiful and yummy inspiration!

  47. 47

    LOL, I've got a ton of recipes that I have made and not blogged about because the season has passed. 🙂 Time just passes us by. I blame the kids1 LOL!

    I recently found some of that Lyle's syrup at World Market. Good stuff!

  48. 48

    NICELY done! And, I'm glad I'm not the only one who takes a break from blogging once in awhile!

  49. 49

    i think me finding your blog was meant to be! i have been looking and looking for a yummy cranberry recipe…and now i have it!

    this looks amazing!

    thanks for sharing!


  50. 50

    That looks delicious. I just love cranberries. Pair them with walnuts and it really doesnt get much better. Okay okay maybe if you add white chocolate.