Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranberry Crackle Tart - Tuesdays with Dorie

One of the first things I did once I decided to join this group in baking through Baking Chez Moi was to invest in some mini baking pans for those weeks when a smaller version of the recipe would be more fitting. With baking to be done for my son's birthday and a bridal shower, this was one of those weeks. Initially considering skipping it altogether, I decided instead to make a half recipe in my new 6" pie plate.
And I'm so glad I did because this tart was absolutely wonderful. Dorie describes it as "homey" but I thought it very pretty with the red fruit and white meringue, like rubies in snow. The galette dough (page 420) provided the perfect flaky base for the mound of fluffy, sweet meringue with its crisp shell and tart fresh cranberries. A study in contrasting flavours and textures, this was one delicious tart. Everyone loved it and complained about the small portion!!! A full-sized version may be making an appearance at Christmas dinner.

We're not publishing the recipes from the book but I encourage you to buy it, you won't be sorry. And visit TWD to see everyone's gorgeous tarts.

24 comments:

  1. It's definitely homey but also elegant! Nice job on the minifying!

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  2. Anything with cranberries is great and anything that is tiny sized is amazing...so I can only imagine what a tiny sized cranberry tart is. Great job!

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  3. Rubies in the snow. I like that. :-)

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  4. What a great idea on the size. It looks great.

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  5. I love the thought of rubies in the snow, what a great description! Your tart looks beautiful. I, too, have purchased mini size of every pan I own just so I can control the portions around here now that kiddos are gone from the nest. I love that little pie plate of yours!

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  6. I like the "rubies in the snow"...your tart looks great!

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  7. I love your tart and the bright red cranberries just pop out of the fluffy meringue..gorgeous!

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  8. Hi Zosia,
    Love it that you call it rubies in the snow! I cannot find any fresh or frozen cranberries and have to make do with dried ones! This tart is lovely!

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  9. Oooh, I shall try it with the galette dough next time and I'm glad to hear it works so well in the mini version! Rubies in the snow: very evocative and so true! Glad you all liked it so much!

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  10. I'm normally just baking for two, so I also have a stock of small pans...my 6" cake pans in particular get a work-out. Glad your family found this worthy of a full-sizer next time!

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  11. I think your tart is pretty too.

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  12. How pretty!! Love the 6 inch pie pan! I may have to "invest" in some too =)

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  13. Kuddos to you for baking it anyway with all your other commitments. We loved this one too and will definitely be making it again.

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  14. Love your 6 inch tart. Hey, when you commented on mine about me saying I used the sweet tart dough, I realized that I wrote/said the wrong one--it's the galette dough I used twice and liked so much. I changed it in my post. I HAVE made her sweet tart dough in the past (it's probably the same recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours) and I liked it, too. But the galette dough is the one that is so nice to work with.

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  15. Lovely pictures and great idea to use a smaller pan. What I end up doing is giving most of my baked goods away but this was hard to share!

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  16. I think 6" is the perfect size, especially with the amount of egg whites called for in the recipe!

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  17. Such a cute little tart. Glad you tried it. We loved it too and I am sure it will show up again sometime on our table.

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  18. I love your sweet wee pie. I decided to make a full sized one this time, but also have invested in a few smaller pie and cake pans for baking groups:)

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  19. The color contrast between the cranberries and the meringue is beautiful. Props to you for scaling it down, too. I always just make the whole thing and assume I can get rid of the leftovers at work!

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  20. You are so right about this tart being pretty as a picture. Loved the description- rubies in snow.

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  21. What a good idea to invest in some smaller pans. I try to make sure I will have occasion to share any of the baking I do, but on a two-week schedule, it's not always going to be possible. I love your description of this tart. Yours turned out beautifully!

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  22. Great idea to cut the recipe in half. I am thinking next go I will use mini tart pans and make individual tarts. Happy baking!

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  23. Smart to invest in smaller size pans! I need to do that - unfortunately, I don't have the room to store them. Nice looking tart.

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