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Cranberries are such a beautiful berry, so why use them only once a year for cranberry sauce? A gorgeous cranberry dessert makes for a showstopping finish to a fall dinner. This layered tart has a crisp cookie crust and luscious creamy filling. A cream cheese mixture subtly flavored with the egg nog spices is sandwiched between two sheets of sweet cranberry jam. Make this dessert the night before to ensure enough time to chill. To get the decadent recipe,

Cranberry Eggnog Tart
From Gourmet magazine

For cookie crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
For filling
1 1/2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons crème fraîche or heavy cream
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 whole large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Scant 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cranberry jam, recipe follows
1/4 cup water

  1. Make crust: pulse together all crust ingredients in a food processor just until a dough forms. Press dough evenly onto bottom and up side of quiche pan with floured fingers. Chill shell until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights, then bake until edge is pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove foil and pie weights and bake shell until edge is golden and bottom is pale golden, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool completely in pan on a rack.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
  5. Make filling: blend cream cheese, crème fraîche, and sugar in cleaned food processor until creamy, about 1 minute. Add whole eggs, yolks, bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt and process until smooth.
  6. Melt jam with water in a small heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring until smooth. Spread half of jam evenly over bottom of shell(reserving remaining jam in saucepan). Let layer of jam stand until set, about 5 minutes, then gently pour cream cheese mixture over it.
  7. Bake tart: cover edge of tart shell with pie shield or foil and bake until filling is set but still trembles slightly in center, 35 to 40 minutes (filling will continue to set as it cools).
  8. Cool tart completely in pan on a rack. Reheat remaining jam over low heat, stirring, until pourable, then pour over filling and spread evenly with offset spatula. Chill tart, uncovered, until cold, at least 2 hours.
  9. Just before serving, remove side of pan.

Serves 8-10.

Make Ahead: Tart shell can be baked 3 days ahead and cooled completely, then kept in pan, wrapped in plastic wrap, at cool room temperature. The entire tart can be chilled up to 2 days (cover after 2 hours).

Cranberry Jam

1 (12-oz) bag fresh or frozen cranberries (not thawed; 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup water

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes (jam will continue to thicken as it cools).
  2. Force jam through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding skins and seeds. Cool, stirring occasionally.

Make Ahead: Jam can be made 4 days ahead and chilled, covered.

longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
looks delicious!!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
k-huffman k-huffman 9 years
I can't wait to make this. I sent my mother the link and shes been drooling over it ever since!
nicole815 nicole815 9 years
I am going to make this for a Thanksgiving party with coworkers AND for Thanksgiving with my family! Can't wait!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Egg nog?
michichan michichan 9 years
I like a firm cheesecake. Anyone know how dense it is?
mjcook mjcook 9 years
Very beautiful and delicious looking! What a crowd pleaser!
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
It looks amazing.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
This looks SO good!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
my mouth is watering! i want!
vanessa_j vanessa_j 9 years
that looks delicious. i should have not looked at im craving it!thanks! ; )
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
The flavors don't appeal to me, but it looks gorgeous in the picture.
emalove emalove 9 years
Flavored with eggnog?! YUM! I love egg nog! Not to mention, the presentation is just's almost too pretty to eat!
nancita nancita 9 years
The name alone sold me on the deliciousness of this dessert.
ISUjules ISUjules 9 years
This looks delicious! Adding it to the desserts section in my recipe box immediately.
Dawnie86 Dawnie86 9 years
Looks amazing. Can't wait to bake it :)
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
this looks awesome! :)
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Hmm, I don't know about this one. It's pretty, though!
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
For 2 tablespoons bourbon, substitute the following: 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
RedPointyHeels RedPointyHeels 9 years
This is gorgeous! I am going to make it for Thanksgiving (to impress my mother).
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
This looks amazing :)
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Looks beautiful Here's a question for you all - what can I substitute for the bourbon in the recipe as I bake for people who dont partake in the booze. *Yes, im aware that alcohol cooks off, but dont want to bake with it. Thanks!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I want to eat that tart RIGHT NOW :feedme: !!!
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