December 6, 2008

Cranberry-Cherry Tart with Ginger and Orange

My Thanksgiving didn't go quite as planned and I wasn't able to do all of the cooking I wanted to do. This left me with a glut of fresh Michigan cranberries. Coincidentally, I have had time to catch up on my food magazine reading. The cover recipe for cranberry-cherry lattice pie in the latest free magazine from Whole Foods Market caught my eye as the perfect use for my extra cranberries.

Today we were celebrating my father-in-law's 80th birthday. (Happy Birthday Pappou!) I had already offered to make a chocolate cake but I decided to make a small tart for those who weren't big on cake. (Yes, it may sound crazy but I'd almost always pick pie over cake.) I used the super easy oil crust from Mother's Kitchen, swapped out the lattice for crumb topping, and added fresh ginger and a pinch of cinnamon. I loved the ginger flavor and the sweetness from the dried cherries. Favor the pie lovers in your life and make this!

Just to let you know what's up with my lack of posts:
The past few weeks I've been dealing with an ectopic pregnancy. It's been an emotional and stressful time and I've needed to take a break from a lot of things including my computer. I can't put into words the disappointment, uncertainty and fear I've been feeling. My family and friends have been great support and I can't thank them enough. I hope to be feeling better and cooking and blogging like crazy soon.

Cranberry Cherry Tart
I made my tart with Michigan cranberries and Michigan dried cherries. Both are easy to find this time of year. The recipe fills a 7 1/2 inch tart pan which is one of my favorite baking pans. It's the perfect size to make a small dessert for 4-6 (or 8 when there is cake too). I can't remember where I got mine but you can buy one online at Kitchen Fantasy. To make this recipe in an average pie pan I would suggest doubling the recipe.

Adapted from Cranberry-Cherry Lattice Pie in Nov/Dec 2008 Whole Foods Market magazine
Makes enough to fill an 7 1/2 inch tart shell
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
a pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup sweetened tart cherries
3 tablespoons orange juice

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prep your tart shell.
-Process 1 cup of the cranberries with the sugar, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon and cherries until the cranberries are roughly chopped.
-Add the remaining whole cranberries and the orange juice and stir with a spoon/spatula until all the ingredients are well combined.
-Fill the prepared tart crust and top with the crumb topping.
-Bake for 50 minutes, or until the tart crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
-Cool for 5 minutes and then place the tart pan over an inverted bowl or glass to remove the outer ring. Carefully press down on the outer ring so that it drops down. Allow the tart to cool completely and serve. Removing the outer ring while the tart is still warm prevents any bubbled over juice from sealing the crust to the outer ring. It is an optional step but I find it very helpful for creating presentable, easy to slice tarts. Check out the photo of my cat Abbie with the tart on an inverted bowl at the end of this post.

Tart Crust
Adapted from Mother's Kitchen
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup neutral oil (I use grape seed)
2 teaspoons milk

-Mix all the ingredients together.
-Press into the tart pan until evenly covered.
-Chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling (~10 minutes, but more is fine).

Crumb topping
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter (Earth Balance margarine in our house)

-Smash the ingredients together with a fork until combined. Then rub the mixture with your hands to get good crumbs. Set aside to top the tart.

Another kitten-approved recipe
I hope my family will still be willing to eat my baked
goods after seeing this. I swear I didn't let her touch it!


shellyfish said...

Maggie, I'm so sorry for what you and your family have been going through. Thankfull you are o.k. - we almost lost my sister to an ovarian pregnancy last year (I'm happy to say things turned out ok after much trial and disappointment).
We're here, and we care. I'm so glad you're family is there for you. We are, too. If I can do anything, I'm only an email away.
Oh, beautiful tart, too!

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my goodness - Maggie, you are in my deepest thoughts and prayers. As Shelly said above, if there's anything I can do to help or to give support, I AM here for you.

On a brighter note, that tart looks lovely; and I hope that your father-in-law has a lovely birthday celebration.

Abbie is a cutie, as always :-)

doggybloggy said...

I have been wondering about you....warm thoughts and warm wishes to you and your family -

miss v said...

that tart is beautiful!

Ricki said...

So sorry to hear about the trauma you've been going through! It can be incredibly scary, I'm sure. It sounds as if things are on the upswing--so glad to hear it! I'll be sending good wishes and positive thoughts your way :)

And there's definitely lots positive about that tart--gorgeous.

Jo said...

Oh honey, I am so sorry you've been going through suck a tough time. I do understand what you're going through, as I was there myself only a couple of years ago. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers
*gentle hugs*

Hannah said...

I'm so sorry to you have to deal with such a terrible situation... My heart goes out to you. Take as much time as you need away from the blog; we'll wait. :) said...

I wonder why folks don't use cranberries in tarts more often? I am thinking rhubarb cranberry maybe? Nice photography.

chou said...

Maggie, this tart sounds wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of stress and trouble. There is sunshine at the other side of this cloud, I promise.

Jennifer Ludgin said...

Wow, that looks so good! I have been a little MIA lately - sorry for not commenting recently!

P.S. Your cat is so cute! :)


Joelen said...

What gorgeous pictures! The flavors all sound amazing together!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of the cranberry and cherry combo. That crumb topping looks great on it. Nice shot with the cat.

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Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Oh, yeah, we used to have a cat. couldn't do anything in advacnce, especially not to set the table before guests arrive!

Marysol said...

You know, I wouldn't trust that kitty with that delicious-looking tart. In fact, I would trust myself even less around it.

Maggie, I'm sorry you're going through such a difficult time. Please, follow your doctor's orders and get as much rest as possible.
In the meantime, I will be thinking good thoughts for you and yours. Hugs to you, dear.

PG said...

That looks so tempting! Wonderful! I don't mind the cat, so can I have a piece?! :)

Jo said...

Hope things get better and get as much rest as possible. On another note, your tart looks absolutely delicious, very christmassy!

TavoLini said...

Hahahaha--your cat is so photogenic! Tart looks delicious :D

Maggie said...

Thanks everyone for the comments and kind thoughts. It means a lot!

I'm feeling a lot better and hope to have some of the Christmas cookies I'm making posted to share this week.

Elle said...

I'm glad to see you're feeling better, but I'm so sorry for what you've been going through. I'll be thinking of you.

Oh, the pie looks incredible!

Melissa said...

Orange and Cranberry are always delicious together! :)

once in a blue moon... said...

your dessert is beautiful, but i am so sorry to read of your troubles. yes, rest and restore, its good for your soul. good food, family and feline will ease the pain...

Abigail said...

I can't imagine what you're going through and I'm amazed you're able to post at all - what a strong woman.

This tart sounds SO yummy! I'm making a cranberry sauce for Christmas a bit similar - with cranberries, oranges, apples, and port. I found it online the other day and can't wait to try it.

Wish I could get Michigan dried cherries over here in Japan. That sounds amazing.

Dawn said...

Oh Maggie so sorry to hear that...please take all the time you need. All us bloggers will be here. Take life a bit easier if you can.
Remember to breathe, chill, and relax a couple times a day.

Haley said...

Your blog has so many wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures... I could look around forever! This tart look amazing as well! The crust is flawless :)

I would love to write about your recipe on our blog! If you are interested send me an email at

Haley, KI Blogger

Jess said...

Pie is way better than cake! I like this crumble topping, too

Sophie said...

I love it! it is so good!

Sheri said...

Maggie, this looks awesome!!!! I MUST try it!

Hope you're okay. I know your pain. Time really does heal all wounds. XOXOXOXO