Nov 28, 2014

Cranberry Crackle Tart

Cranberry Crackle Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This cranberry crackle tart recipe is from Dorie Greenspan's new book Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.  The book is a collection of simple desserts from French chefs and home cooks.

Cranberry Crackle Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories

The tart is comprised of a sweet, cookie-like crust, a layer of jam (I used cherry), and a mixture of sweet meringue and about 10 ounces of cranberries (one bag, more than called for in the original recipe).

According to Dorie, cranberries, although getting easier to find, are quite dear in France. How lucky are we in the U.S. to be able to buy multiple bags of them this time of year. They are so easy to freeze and use whenever we get a cranberry craving.

Cranberry Crackle Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories

We loved this tart. From the crackly meringue, the juicy tart cranberries, to the sweet crust, all of the flavors and textures go together so well. This is a grown-ups' dessert (the kids wouldn't even try it). More for us, right?

I only have one regular oven, which was occupied with the Thanksgiving turkey, so I actually baked this tart in my (albeit large) toaster oven! While the book says the tart should be served the same day, based on the tastiness of the leftovers, I think you could get away with making this the night before.

Cranberry Crackle Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories

I will definitely be making this easy and delicious dessert again!

The Tuesdays with Dorie group is just getting started baking through the book. To see how the participants fared with the recipe, visit this link.

You can find the original recipe here.

Cranberry Crackle Tart

1 recipe Sweet Tart Dough (below)

Filling Recipe

2 tablespoons cherry jam
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
10 ounces cranberries (if they're frozen, don't thaw)

  1. Butter a 9-inch pie pan and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  2. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper and roll it out until it is about 1/8 inch thick. 
  3. Lift the dough into the pie pan, with the excess to drape over the sides. Gently press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan and trim the dough to about one third down from the rim of the pan. Prick the bottom of the tart shell all over with a fork and freeze for at least 30 minutes. 
  4. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Line the crust with a piece of parchment or a buttered piece of aluminum foil and weight it down with rice, dried beans or light pie weights. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, then carefully remove the paper and weights and bake for 8 to 12 minutes more, or until the crust is golden brown. Set the crust on a rack to cool to room temperature.
  6. To bake the tart, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  7. Spread the jam evenly over the bottom of crust. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites with the salt at medium speed just until they turn opaque. While the mixer is still going, slowly add the sugar and keep beating until the whites are shiny and form droopy peaks.
  8. Add the cranberries to the bowl and fold them into the meringue. Spread the meringue over the jam, adding a few swirly flourishes. 
  9. Bake the tart for 1 hour, until the top is light beige and likely cracked a bit on top. 
  10. The tart can be kept in a refrigerator for about 2 days. 

Sweet Tart Dough

Makes one 9 inch crust

1 1/2 cups (204 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons (4 1/2 ounces; 128 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
  1. Put the flour, confectioners' sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to blend. Scatter the pieces of butter over the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is cut in coarsely. 
  2. Whisk the yolk and add it slowly, pulsing after each addition. Once the egg is incorporated, process in long pulses, about 10 seconds each, until the dough forms clumps. Once you have clumps, stop processing. 
  3. Turn the dough out and knead briefly with the heel of your hand to further incorporate the butter.
  4. Shape the dough into a disk and put it between two sheets of parchment or wax paper. Roll the dough out evenly, as instructed above. 


  1. I loved this cranberry crackle tart..I had to put it in the freezer so I would stop nibbling..
    Looking forward to our Baking Chez Moi baking project, hope all the recipes are as delicious as this one ;)

  2. I am glad I am not the only one that had trouble with the crust. My son did eat it but I advertised that it tasted like marshmallows:) I think I might add this to my Thanksgiving rotation next year.

  3. Wow! It looks just like the book! Beautiful...well done :-)

  4. Your tart is fabulous! Mine is a little "too beige", though the colour did not affect the taste one bit! It was good! Interesting to know that this tart can be baked in the toaster oven too!

  5. Gorgeous slice shot! I almost wish my kids hadn't liked it - there would have been more of my mini tart for the adults!

  6. Ooh, your slice looks great with all those berries! Tasty tart, for sure!

  7. Gorgeous, absolutely flawless. Good to know that you can do this in a toaster oven, and also that the night before would work out as well. Valuable tips...thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Karen, can't wait to get my hand on that cookbook, this looks gorgeous!

  9. Picture perfect! Did you use the whole bag of cranberries? I used the one and a half cups called for in the recipe, and thought it definitely could use more.

    1. Thanks Cathy! I used a bag that was about 10 ounces that I had on my freezer. I've noticed that the new bags are 12 ounces and 340 grams, so how can 10 ounces be 150 grams? I think the old bag had the wrong amount of grams listed on it. What a happy mistake! Serendipity! I'm definitely going with the 10 ounces! Thanks for catching that!

    2. I would have loved this, using a whole bag of cranberries! I Googled the conversion, and 150 grams equates to just over 5 ounces! Lucky you!

    3. Definitely go for it next time. My lack of attention to detail just paid off, lol!

  10. Beautiful tart and what a great idea to bake it in the toaster oven! I will have to remember that trick since mine is fairly large as well. Glad you all liked it (except for the kiddos, that is)!

  11. Your tart is beautiful. I think I'll try more cranberries next time, yours turned out so good. There will be a next time because we really liked this one.

  12. This tart makes me want to lick my monitor - is that wrong?
    I loved this one!

  13. Wow this tart looks incredible, I wish I would have stumbled on your entry before Thanksgiving! I guess there are always Christmas and day-after-Christmas dinners...

  14. Yours looks just gorgeous! We loved this one, too. So much so that I think I'm going to make another one at Christmas.


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