Cranberry Tartlettes

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cranberry Tartlettes

1 (12-oz) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Tart dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons ice water

Stir together cranberries, sugar, water, zest, and spices, in a large saucepan, set over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, and continue to boil until thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Cool and chill mixture completely.

To make the tart dough, place flour and salt in a food processor. Add butter and shortening and pulse until evenly incorporated. Add ice water, gradually, and process until mixed, and dough comes together. Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface, cut circles out using a cookie cutter, and fit dough into mini tart or muffin pans. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until dough is golden; Cool.

Fill tart shells with cranberry filling, and serve.

13 comments on "Cranberry Tartlettes"
  1. These look so good!! I really need to start using cranberries...

  2. God I wish I had read this yesterday. Mini phyllo cups were on sale so I bought some, but I used my last cranberry bag last night. I may just have to get another bag.

  3. I just realized I can get to your blog from the school's computers.
    You have no idea how much this thrills me.
    I finished half an hour early today in Computer Apps. so I've just been sitting here and screwing around for the past 15 minutes. Another 15 minutes (plus the hour it takes until Mom finally shows up to take me home) and I can leave!

  4. Sorry that I haven't been around for a while. I'm finally getting caught up with everyone. I'm so glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving! Your nephew is adorable too, btw. I just recently made a chocolate pecan pie. I think my pie plate was a little too big for the recipe and it didn't look all that pretty. But it was tasty. Although I think I'll follow your tips the next time I try to make it.


  5. Oh wow those look amazing! The recipe is very straight forward too. I love that about your ideas...
    I have never used fresh cranberries before. I really have to try this, it seems so easy and looks delish!

  6. Deb- Use them while you can get 'em.

    Amy- I love those mini phyllo cups-so cute. One time I filled them with a whipped mascarpone/honey/fig mixture, and topped them with pistachios.

    HANNAH- You don't have to put anonymous-you can put your name. I guess you do that to be funny. Ha ha. Come back soon...

    Julie- That's ok. I figured you had been's that time of year.

    Annie- The filling is really easy. It's impossible to screw it up. The pie dough can be a challenge, though.

  7. Look, I don't know what you're talking about. I am your secret admirer, who wishes to remain anonymous.

  8. You look so pretty in that picture, almost as pretty as your tartlettes.

    I just learned this weekend that, in England, "BOG" means bathroom, as in "I really have to go to the BOG." So now, I'm thinking that all of your English readers will be amused by you wanting to swim in a cranberry bog.

  9. Emiline I like this recipe, really looks so yummy!! and the picture is nice. xxGloria

  10. Anonymous- You want my phone number? ;)

    Sue- Ohhh, how I long for the day when I can go swimming in a bathroom. It's a dream of mine.

  11. They do look very festive. Would love to bite into one but don't have the energy to make it myself :)

  12. These look so cute and good! They would be perfect for a holiday party. I think I will try them.

  13. I love cranberries. These little tarts look so charming. I can't wait to try them. Nice work!