Cranberry Almond Tart

Prep time
30 min
Cook time
45 min

This tart brings delicious new meaning to the phrase “pretty in pink”! The sweet-tart cranberry curd is bright and rich, thanks to fresh orange juice and Dinner Bell Butter, and it perfectly complements the nutty, cookie-like crust. The simple-to-make garnish is truly showstopping. Try this terrific tart as a holiday dessert, a special treat on a cold winter day — or anytime you want something that’s as elegant as it is delicious.


  1. To make the tart shell: In a large bowl, cream the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt on medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Sift in the all-purpose flour and almond flour. Reduce the speed to low and beat until smooth, 1 minute. Add the egg yolk and beat until incorporated.
  2. On a clean work surface, knead the dough for 30 seconds and form it into a disc. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly flour the work surface and roll the dough out to ¼-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 10-inch tart pan and gently press it into the bottom and sides. If the dough cracks or crumbles, that’s okay — just press it back together.
  4. Press a rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to pinch off the excess dough. Dock the dough multiple times with a fork. Freeze the tart shell for 15 minutes.
  5. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake, rotating halfway through, for about 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the bottom is just set. Let cool completely.
  6. To make the cranberry curd: Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of 1 orange. Juice the oranges until you have ½ cup of juice. In a medium pot, combine the orange zest, orange juice, cranberries, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes or until the cranberries have burst.
  7.  Discard the orange zest and transfer the cranberries and their juices to a blender. Rinse out the pot. Blend the cranberries until smooth, 1 minute.
  8. Strain the purée through a mesh sieve back into the pot. Whisk the butter into the warm purée until thoroughly combined.
  9. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and yolks. Whisk ½ cup of the warm purée into the eggs, then transfer them back into the pot. Cook, whisking constantly, over low heat until steaming and thickened, about 10 minutes. Immediately transfer the curd to a bowl, stir in the vanilla extract, and let cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Transfer the curd to the prepared crust and spread it evenly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the top of the curd is dark red and set in the center. Cool the tart for 1 hour before slicing.
  11. To candy the cranberries: Toss them in the simple syrup then use a fork to transfer the cranberries to a plate. Let dry for 15 minutes or until tacky. Add the sugar and toss to coat.
  12. When you’re ready to serve the cranberry tart, garnish it with the candied cranberries, orange slices, sliced almonds, and mint sprigs. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: New York Times Cooking

Made with love + simple ingredients