Cranberry-apple tart with chocolate walnut crust

Using fresh fruit and bittersweet chocolate keep this tart treat on our “healthy holiday” list. A great way to use up the bushels of apples you picked this fall and a fun alternative for those pumpkin pie-haters this Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

Chocolate Tart Dough
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 6 ounces walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 2 ounces egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
Cranberry-apple jam
  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 7 ounces sugar
  • 5 ounces apples (preferably a tart, crisp variety, peeled and sliced)

Directions

For chocolate walnut tart shell:
  1. Melt chocolate gently on top of a double boiler.
  2. Combine sugar, egg whites and salt. Whisk thoroughly to completely disperse sugar and break down proteins in eggwhites.
  3. Whisk melted chocolate into egg white mixture.
  4. Fold chopped walnuts into chocolate-egg white mixture.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30minutes.
  6. Press evenly into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, until completely set.
For cranberry-apple jam:
  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add cranberries and cook until they begin to pop and thicken.
  3. While cooking cranberries, peel and slice apples.
  4. Add sliced apples to cranberries after removing cranberry jam from heat; the residual heat will complete the cooking process.
  5. Pour into fully baked chocolate shell and chill thoroughly.
  6. Slice tart into 12 pieces.

Yield: One 9-inch tart (12 servings at about3 oz.each)

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