The holidays call for cranberries in one form or another and I am just not a fan of cranberry sauce.  It should come as no surprise that I choose to meet my holiday cranberry quota with a dessert.  This Cranberry Shortbread Tart is an extra special dessert that will look stunning on your holiday table.

Cranberry Shortbread Tart {satisfymysweettooth.com}

The perfection of this Cranberry Shortbread Tart is the result of the contrast of flavors.  Rich, buttery shortbread that has the added flavor components of ground, toasted almonds and cornmeal is sandwiched around a tart and tangy cranberry filling and the combination is simply delightful.

Cranberry Shortbread Tart {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Cranberry Shortbread Tart

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 1 9-inch tart (serves 12-16)

Bright, tart cranberry filling sandwiched between rich buttery shortbread crust and topping makes a gorgeous and delicious holiday dessert

Ingredients

    For the filling
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp orange marmalade (or you could use apricot jam)
  • For the shortbread crust/topping
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 Tbsp yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions

    For the filling
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves, this will only take a few minutes.
  2. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries pop and the liquid has thickened into a syrupy consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool while you make the crust/topping.
  4. For the crust/topping
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Place sliced almonds onto a baking sheet and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned and toasted. Turn oven off.
  7. Have a large bowl and food processor ready.
  8. Measure the 2 cups of flour into the large bowl. Take 2 Tbsp of the flour out of the large bowl and put it into the food processor. Into the large bowl, then add the cornmeal and salt. Set aside.
  9. In a food processor, pulse the toasted almonds with the 2 Tbsp of the flour until fine. Pour the almond mixture into the large bowl with the rest of the flour mixture.
  10. Next in the food processor, combine the butter, sugar, orange zest and extracts and pulse until smooth and creamy. Add the egg yolk and pulse to combine.
  11. Add the dry ingredients to the food processor and pulse until a cohesive dough forms.
  12. Coat a 9 1/2 X 1-inch fluted metal tart pan with a removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray. Gently and evenly press half of the dough into the tart pan, pressing the dough up the sides of the pan. Cover the crust with plastic wrap.
  13. Form the remaining dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate both the crust and extra disc of dough for 30 minutes so that it gets firm.
  14. Preheat oven to 325 again.
  15. Place the tart pan onto a baking sheet and prick the dough that is in the tart pan all over. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  16. If the crust has puffed up during baking, use the back of a metal spoon to gently push the crust down to make room for the filling.
  17. Pour the filling into the crust and spread evenly.
  18. Use your fingers to evenly crumble the remaining shortbread dough over the top of the filling. The pieces should be large, about the sizes of peas and marbles.
  19. Bake the tart on the the baking pan until the topping is golden brown, about another 30-35 minutes.
  20. Cool completely before carefully removing the rim of the tart pan. Cut and serve.
  21. Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking

This Cranberry Shortbread Tart recipe requires several steps but none of them is difficult,  The crumbly topping and crust are the same dough divided in half.  The filling could not be simpler to make, but you just need a little bit of patience as the filling cools and the crust gets popped into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.  The wait will be worth it, trust me.

Cranberry Shortbread Tart {satisfymysweettooth.com}

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You can make a simple sauce of balsamic and berries and pour it over ice cream for an effortless, yet decadent dessert.  The fine people at Mandarano sent me their award-winning Balsamic Glaze and I have used it in so many ways.  The Mandarano Balsamic Glaze is so great drizzled over sandwiches, pasta or salmon.  I made a simple caprese panini and this glaze kicked it up a notch and made it taste very gourmet and sophisticated.  It is the perfect condiment because it is made with high quality balsamic vinegar that has already been reduced and is ready to use.

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

One of the best ways I have used this glaze is to make this Blueberry Balsamic Sauce to top this perfect Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread.  As you make the blueberry balsamic sauce, the balsamic glaze infuses the blueberries so that when you bite into one of them, the subtle rich flavor of balsamic vinegar bursts into your mouth.  It really is the perfect addition to this sweet and tart lemon bread which even on it’s own is so moist and delicious.

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 9-inch loaf

Sweet and tart lemon poppyseed bread bursting with juicy blueberries and drizzled with a decadent blueberry balsamic reduction

Ingredients

    For the bread:!
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp poppy-seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • For the glaze:!
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic

Instructions

    For the bread:!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  4. Mix in buttermilk and eggs.
  5. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.
  6. Mix in poppyseeds and blueberries.
  7. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  9. For the glaze:!
  10. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for about 6 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
  11. Serve sauce poured over bread.
  12. Bread recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Baking Companion

mix sugar, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in buttermilk and eggs

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in flour, baking powder and salt until well combined

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in poppyseeds and blueberries

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

pour into prepared baking pan and bake

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

for the sauce, combine all ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Bread with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

*Mandarano provided me with their balsamic glaze, however, all opinions are, as always, my own.

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Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Total Time: 53 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

A sweet and tart custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust laced with coconut and studded with white chocolate chips

Ingredients

    For the crust:!
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • For the filling:!
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

    For the crust:!
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8-inch baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper overhanging two of the sides of the pan with the parchment.
  2. In a food processor, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar and salt. Pulse to combine into a coarse meal.
  3. Add white chocolate chips and coconut and pulse again to combine.
  4. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
  5. For the filling:!
  6. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Add sugar and flour and whisk to combine.
  8. Mix in lime juice.
  9. Pour over hot crust and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is still a bit jiggly.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Use overhanging edges of parchment paper to remove bars from the pan.
  12. Cut, dust with powdered sugar and serve.
  13. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

in a food processor, pulse butter, brown sugar, flour and salt to combine

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add white chocolate and coconut and pulse

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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