Apple Cranberry Tart with Walnut Streusel

Apples and cranberries are a natural, delicious combination, and between crumbles and pie, I was inspired to enjoy the apple/cranberry combo in my dessert routine as well.

I knew I’d enjoy this and it was also a way for me to scratch my apple pie itch while making something new. You have the familiar comfort food flavor of apple pie, but also the tart of cranberries, the tang of sour cream, the crunch of a walnut topping, and the spice of the graham cracker crust–a great twist on a fall favorite. So if you’ve also got an apple pie itch to scratch, give this a try!

  • Graham cracker crust
  • 4 apples (I used 2 honey crisp and 2 gala)
  • 1.5 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • dash cardamom
  • splash orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Streusel
    • 1 cup of walnuts
    • 1/2 a stick of softened butter
    • 4 Tbsp flour
    • 4 Tbsp of dark brown sugar

Begin by preparing the graham cracker crust. Later, just before you fill the crust, bake it blind for 5 minutes at 325°F.

Apples are the star of the show, so get to work on peeling, coring, and cutting the apples into wedges. Toss these in a bowl and squeeze on lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

Toss all of the other filling ingredients in the apple bowl and mix it moderately well. Come back to it in about 10 minutes and things should be a little juicier, so toss it again to coat the apples and cranberries well. Transfer this mix to your partially pre-baked crust transfer this to a 350°F oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, you should prepare the streusel topping. Smash up the walnuts (not so fine as to make a powder) and simply (vigorously) mix and squeeze all of the ingredients together until you get a crumbly texture. Set this aside in the fridge until time is up on the oven.

Once time is up, take the pie out of the oven, spread the streusel topping on top, and get it back in the oven for 30 minutes more. Then simply set aside to cool down for a little while before you dig in. If you can’t wait, go for it, but if a cleaner looking slice is what you’re looking for, you’ll probably want to give it some time in the fridge before you carve it up. Whenever you eat, enjoy!

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17 Responses to “Apple Cranberry Tart with Walnut Streusel”

  1. the caked crusader Says:

    Lovely combination – I can imagine that apple, cranberry and walnut would complement each other really well. Looks yummy

  2. sunita Says:

    I would have a hard time waiting for a cleaner slice…would dig in straightaway :-)

  3. Bellini Valli Says:

    I have my fork ready for this tart cranberry and sweet apple combination:D

  4. Sandie Says:

    As far as baked desserts go, I think the only flavor (and texture) combination I like more than apples & cranberries is streusel topping. I’m thrilled my Apple Cranberry Crumble served to inspire you—you’ve created a winner with this pie and I’m loving its rustic appeal! Not only is it gorgeous to set out, but it’s a show-stopper when you slice into it as well!

  5. pam Says:

    Oh, how I wish I could make baked desserts. Oh, how I wish someone would make bake them for me.

  6. Lisa Says:

    Lovely tart. I like the pairing of cranberries and apples. A delightful way to ease the winter blues.

  7. mikky Says:

    apples and cranberries, wow!!! :)

  8. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    I’ll bet this would be great with dried cranberries, too. I always have those in my pantry.

  9. Ivy Says:

    Wow, what a combination. How I wish I could get some fresh or frozen cranberries. I can imagine how lovely this would be.
    There’s an award for you on my blog.

  10. clumbsycookie Says:

    Uhhhhhhh that streussel on top is calling my name!

  11. grace Says:

    a crumb-topped pie–the best of both worlds. :)

  12. Aparna Says:

    We don’t get cranberries here, but I love fruit crumble. The soft juicy fruit and crunchy topping appeals to me. I like all those spices in yur crumble.

  13. Y Says:

    Yum! Especially love that streusel topping!

  14. Dragon Says:

    This is the perfect holiday pie! So gorgeous.

  15. White On Rice Couple Says:

    Mike, I could really eat lots of this. Cranberries and apples together…..I can get used to this!
    What a lovely tart!

  16. Kevin Says:

    Nice looking pie!

  17. Jude Says:

    I always stare at something like this when I’m at Trader Joes’ . Now I can just make it myself :)

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