Cranberry Curd Tart

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This Cranberry Curd Tart is a beautiful show stopping dessert that has a velvety sweet and tart curd filling inside a macadamia nut and graham cracker crust.

Cranberries are underrated as a holiday fruit.  They usually get relegated to a sauce or jelly used for Thanksgiving or dried up and used as a snack or topping on a salad.  I’m here to change that perception.

I started experimenting first by making a cranberry curd so that I have an extra condiment for the breakfast and brunch table.  I got asked how else can the curd be used besides to smear on toast.  This got my creative juices flowing and I decided to experiment with a tart.

I love most fruit pies but I feel they’re usually loaded with sugar and the fruit doesn’t stand out as much.  It becomes more about the pastry and the sugary filling rather than keeping true to the fruit.  The best part about this cranberry tart is that is offers a bit of tangy, citrusy flavor along with the beautiful color that attracts you towards it instantly.  To build on this flavor, I did add a little hint of orange juice to balance the sharp flavors of the cranberry so that it can stand out and shine.

As for the tart, well, I wanted a nutty flavor to balance fruity notes.  Along with the graham crackers, the macadamia nuts bring an earthy and creamy flavor to the tart.  It’s the perfect shell that keeps the integrity of a curd filling. Combining the curd with the tart, each forkful is a bite of bliss.

As for the garnishing, I chose to sugar a few cranberries in the spirit of winter holidays.  The orange slices reiterate the subtle brightness it’s juice gives the curd.  And the rosemary, well, it just screams holidays to me.  Trust me, this will be a jaw-dropping dessert on the holiday table and one that you will be extremely proud of.  Of course, the tart is just so beautiful, I had a very hard time slicing into it.  I made my cousin do the honors.  But then I had to control myself from eating the whole tart.

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I'm Sapna, a foodie, blogger, wife, mom of two beautiful girls, and lover of spices.  I have a background in Nutrition and Dietetics, which I use to incorporate healthy options into all of my recipes.  I love traveling to new places, trying new food, and in turn, creating them in my kitchen to relive the magic. When I'm not in the kitchen, I love curling up with a good book, playing with my munchkins, running, hanging out with friends, and gardening.

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