Cranberry Apple Walnut Tart

Cranberry Apple Walnut Tart

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 223 kcal

With a thin layer of cranberry sauce covered with lightly sauteed apples and a sprinkle of crunchy nuts, this tart is lightly sweet and not overly filling!



  • 1 9" pie pastry

for apple filling

  • 6 large apples try gala, granny smith, honey crisp, golden delicious - or a mixture of them., peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4" pieces
  • scant 1/4 cup white sugar
  • scant 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

for the cranberry layer

  • 1 cup whole cranberry sauce preferably homemade - try the one on this site

for the walnut streusel

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped

special equipment

  • 9 " round tart pan with removable bottom


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Roll out pastry to about 10" diameter. Fold pastry in half, then fold it again in half, so it's shaped like a wedge. Arrange pastry into one quarter of the tart pan and fold it out so that it covers the pan. Press the pastry into the corners and along the ridged edge so that the pastry conforms to the curves. Using your rolling pin to trim the excess crust by rolling over the edges of the tart pan. Discard the remnants. Refrigerate pastry until ready to assemble tart.
  3. In a heavy saucepan combine the apples, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Turn the heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally) until the apples are tender when poked with a fork, but still hold their shape. Don't overcook, otherwise apples will fall apart. Remove from heat and transfer apples to a small bowl to cool.
  4. To make the streusel topping add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon to a small bowl. Work the mixture with your fingers until it resembles wet sand. Add chopped walnuts, toss to combine. Set aside.
  5. Remove tart pan from refrigerator. Cut a piece of parchment paper and lay it over a large baking sheet. Set the tart pan on top of the parchment paper. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the bottom of the tart pan.
  6. Drain excess juices from the apples. Arrange apples in concentric circles on top of the cranberry sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden brown and streusel has crisped. Cool to room temperature. Serve.

Recipe Notes

(Don't turn the heat up to high to speed cook the apples -- they will fall apart).


** Do not think of the cranberry sauce as pie filling -- it's not.  Only a thin layer should coat the bottom of the tart.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Walnut Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 35g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 10.7%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.