Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Cranberry Tarts




We're in the midst of what the weather announcers are calling "Snowmaggedon". It's a great day to stay indoors, find a new recipe and put on the music. This recipe is an adaptation from Recipe Zaar .

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
3 clementines or tangarines
1 cup cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
24 premade miniature tart shells (or your favourite recipe)
Note: I didn't use the mini tart shells - rather the regular sized ones and got 14 tarts from this recipe)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. Cut the unpeeled clementines in quarters and remove any seeds; then chop in food processor, peel and all.
3. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, apple, clementines and any juice from chopping, cranberries and pecans in a saucepan.

4. Cook over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the apple is tender

5. If mixture is too runny, thicken with a mixture of cornstarch and water mixed to form a thin paste. (the recipe was perfect for me - didn't add any cornstarch)


6. Cool
7. Fill the tart shells with the mixture and bake for 10-15 minutes (until the edges are slightly brown)



Verdict: If you had to imagine what Christmas tastes like - this recipe would fill the bill. StumbleUpon

13 comments:

Maryann said...

I love this, Giz :)

Ricki said...

What a fabulous way to use those cranberries. And I think "stormageddon" sounds so much better, don't you? (Either way, it sucks).

OhioMom said...

Oh I am loving this! Yum!!

noble pig said...

How fun! Can I dollop a big ole' whipped cream scoop on the top? This sounds wonderful!

Gloria Chadwick said...

I'm with noble pig. I'd put a big dollop of Cool Whip on top (to represent all the snow you guys are having) and enjoy the taste of Christmas.

kat said...

Pretty pretty tarts. We are having the same weather here now with -35 windchills

Elra said...

This is a perfect tart for the perfect season. Look absolutely mouth watering.
Have a wonderful christmas.
Cheers.

Grace said...

snowmaggedon? i like it, and it's a fitting name. 'tis a perfect day to bake away, and if i had some cranberries, i could go for some of these tartlets. i'll bet the aroma is incredible.

Peter M said...

Giz, great idea and I'd would just add some custard filling into the mix.

Ivy said...

Giz, some ice cream on top will warm you up (lol) and call them Icemageddon! They sound delicious.

Parker said...

Such great spices in these tarts.

elly said...

These are so cute and festive! And of course, they must be delicious, too. Mmmm.

baronesstapuzina said...

Those look delicious. I wish we could get fresh cranberries here in Israel. We can only get very small frozen ones from Russia.

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