Cranberry walnut tart

(hopefully you won’t leave your tart unattended like I did, letting the top burn a bit. But who doesn’t love a bit of burnt sugar?).

Cranberry walnut torte is my favorite so I was excited to try a tart version. Simply delicious.

The crust recipe was found here.

Also- did you know that it is -8 deegrees here today? It is the worst. And a fantastic excuse to cancel my plans, stay in my sweats and start some valentines projects with the kids. Stay warm!


  • • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • • 1 stick butter melted
  • • 3 tablespoons flour
  • • ½ cup brown sugar
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • 2 eggs
  • • ½ cup corn syrup
  • • 1½ cups cranberries
  • Tart shell:
  • • 1 cup flour
  • • ⅓ cup sugar
  • • dash of salt
  • • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • • ½ tablespoon water
  1. First make the tart shell dough. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Blend in butter until mixture is coarse and crumby.
  3. Add egg and stir until mixture forms a ball. Add water if necessary.
  4. Wrap in plastic and store in fridge for at least an hour. 
  5. Grease a 9-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Press pastry dough onto the bottom and up the sides.
  6. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.
  7. Next: the filling.
  8. In another large mixing bowl mix all the filling ingredients. When all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, pour into tart shell.
  9. Bake another 30 minutes.


Asparagus asiago tart

Martha Stewart’s recipe for asparagus gruyere tart…modified! I couldn’t find gruyere cheese anywhere in our small town so I used asiago instead. I also added a thin layer of cream cheese which made all the difference! Here is the original recipe if you are interested!

For this recipe, you will need:

  • aprox. 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups your favorite shredded cheese
  • asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, rolled out
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
Roll out your puff pastry on an oiled baking stone or pizza pan. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread thin layer of cream cheese on top. Then sprinkle your cheese, and top with asparagus. Bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil over the asparagus and top with basil & sea salt. Broil on low for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbling on top.

Serves well with a glass bottle of Merlot! Perfect appetizer to impress your guests! Mmmmm I will totally be making this a lot more in the future. Anyone know of a good puff pastry recipe from scratch? I would love to try that.


Simple orange tart

You will need:

  • 1 container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 small package orange jello
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

To make the crust:  Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers. Whisk the egg and milk together and stir them into the dough. Press dough into greased tart pan. Mix together the cheese and jello package. spread over dough. top with orange slices and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350°  for an hour.