Monday, December 10, 2012

Cranberry Crumb Cheese Tart

The lovely Cranberry Crumb Cheese Tart
This has been a week of decorating. The tree is up, most of the shopping is done, the mantle is hung with stockings and now, the baking really starts…hopefully!
One of the things I made this week was a lovely Cranberry Crumb Tart, to take to a friend who just had knee replacement surgery. After some thought of what I could do to help, I decided to make dinner for them.  It would be a nice way to relieve some of the stress on him and his wife. So, last thursday I made my Sherried Beef  which I posted a year ago. For desert, since I had a can of whole berry cranberry sauce sitting in my pantry,  I thought Cranberry Crumb Tart sounded like a wonderful choice. This tart has a yummy layer of cream cheese, a layer of whole berry cranberry sauce, and topped with a crunchy walnut crumb topping. Quite wonderful!

Pre-bake pie crust
When cool, spread with cream cheese layer, then cranberry layer
Sprinkle crumb topping over the top…then bake 45 min. @ 375 degrees
Out of the oven and ready to enjoy
 This is a lovely treat for the holidays…creamy, tart and crunchy!  

Cranberry Crumb Tart 


Pastry for one 9 inch tart pan or pie pan
Cheese layer:
1 (8 ounce) package cream
cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened
condensed milk
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Cranberry layer:
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (16 ounce) can whole berry
cranberry sauce
1/4 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Bake unbaked tart shell in the preheated oven 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Transfer to the tart pan.
4. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and cornstarch. Mix in whole berry cranberry sauce. Spoon the mixture evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
5. In a medium bowl, mix butter, all-purpose flour and remaining light brown sugar until crumbly. Stir in the walnuts. Sprinkle evenly over the cranberry mixture.
6. Bake 45 minutes in the 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned. Cool on a metal rack. Serve at room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator.


  1. OK now this looks just fantastic! Great job!

  2. Your tart looks heaven worthy :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. The perfect mix of cheesecake and crumb pie. Gorgeous! Lucky friends

  4. That looks delicious! You're a good friend!

  5. Your tart looks so good! You are really sweet and thoughtful! I guess that you must be busy now planning for your Christmas menu! Have fun!

  6. I just printed the recipe. We will be taking this to my parent's house for Christmas!

  7. Just the perfect pie for Christmas Kathy! I am sure your friend has enjoyed it very much!

  8. Perfect dessert for the holiday season;-) Hope your friend is feeling well;-)

  9. Kathy, this looks spectacular!!! Like Patty, I was thinking this would be perfect for the holidays...mmmmmmm.

  10. PS...I accidentally posted my truffle cookies yesterday and had move them back to draft form. The post is live now :)

  11. This looks delicious! I love the layers.

  12. Those scratchings look amazing I would polish off that whole plate!

  13. This has it all - a fruit serving - a protein-dairy serving with the cheese - yes, I could do this with no guilt - and will! And will pin in on my board to make sure!

  14. What a thoughtful thing to do for your friend and I am sure they were so very appreciative. This looks like a perfect dessert and I can imagine the tartness of the cranberries offsets nicely with the richness of the cream cheese. Lovely!

  15. Now that's a festive and gorgeous tart! Love that thick layer of streusel topping.

  16. Kathy, I must say that this recipe of yours looks very tempting! I am quite sure I would love the different flavors of this tart all together, what could be more delicious than cream cheese, cranberry and walnut streusel. It looks and sounds like a perfect hoiday dessert and how nice of you to bake this lovely dessert (and cook dinner) for your friends!