Haven’t decided what to make for your Christmas dessert yet? This Apple and Cranberry Tart is the perfect option.
It’s festive, it’s full of fruity flavours and has that pastry addition we all NEED in the holidays right?
I think the age of traditional desserts is long passed and there is much more freedom when it comes to ‘new traditions’. For our family we never actually had dessert as we would stuff our faces with starters and mains and then just about explode before bed. If we managed to keep it together we always had a bag of Chuckles or some Quality Streets on hand just in case.
Now that I’m older I consciously make space for pudding and we have some Malva pudding with double thick cream [Oh yes] or a trifle or…wait for it – Cheese cake, ice cream, Chuckles, Salted caramel and some mascarpone. I know what you are thinking – UTTER MADNESS. But this was a dish a family friend of ours brought over and wow’ed us beyond words we now cant live without it.
What are your family traditions when it comes to the holidays?
I loved going through these ‘Last Minute Recipes’ as there is always that one family who forget to plan ahead and then get a surprise when the shops are out of just about everything!
For the Filling
For the Crust
- Place the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and whisk. Slowly whisk in the oil.
- Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour mix. Then slowly add in the ice water and keep working until it comes together.
- Shape into a disk, cover and place in the fridge for an hour.
Make the filling
- In the meantime made the filling. Peel and core your apples and cut them into small cubes. Place in a pot with water covering them and cook for 10 minutes.
- Drain the water and mix with the lemon juice, salt, cinnamon and cranberries. Set aside to cool.
- Heat your oven to 180C and grease and flour a pie dish.
- Then take your crust dough out of the fridge and roll out to a size just bigger than the dish. Carefully lay the crust into the dish, poke some holes in it with a fork, then place wax paper in and pour in some dried chickpeas or rice and bake blind for 15 minutes. * you may also have those ceramic balls for pastry
While that bakes you can make your crumble
- In a mixing bowl mix together all the crumble ingredients with a fork.
- Pour the apple and cranberry mix into the pie crust, cover with the crumble and place back into the oven to bake for another 20 minutes.