Cranberry-Walnut Tart with Buckwheat Crust

This gorgeous tart has a wheaty, cookie-like crust, a creamy walnut filling and a topping of glistening cranberries. The recipe is from Claire Ptak of London’s cult-favorite Violet Bakery.

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  • Servings: Makes one 14-inch tart

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  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, plus 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Finely grated zest of 1 clementine or small orange
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh clementine or orange juice

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the dough

    In a food processor, pulse the two flours with the butter and salt until the mixture is the texture of wet sand. Add the egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of water and pulse until the dough just comes together in a ball. Transfer to a work surface and pat into a 3-by-6-inch rectangle. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

  2. Butter a 4-by-14-inch fluted rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom. Set the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; roll out to a 6-by-16-inch rectangle. Discard the top sheet of plastic wrap and invert the dough into the prepared pan. Gently press into the corners and up the sides of the pan. Discard the plastic wrap and trim the overhanging dough flush with the rim. Refrigerate until firm, at least 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and pie weights and brush the tart shell with the beaten egg. Bake for about 5 more minutes, until set. Let cool slightly. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.

  4. Meanwhile, make the frangipane

    In a food processor, combine the walnuts and sugar; process until finely chopped. Add the butter, egg, tapioca flour, cream, Grand Marnier, clementine zest and salt and pulse until smooth. Scrape 
the frangipane into a bowl; chill until firm, 30 minutes.

  5. Make the topping

    In a food processor, combine the cranberries, sugar and clementine juice and pulse just until the cranberries begin to break up.

  6. Spread the frangipane in the tart shell and top with the cranberries. Set the tart on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, rotating once, until the frangipane is puffed and lightly browned at the edges, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool. Unmold and serve.

Make Ahead

The tart shell can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.

Serve With

Greek yogurt

Contributed By Photo © Kristin Perers Published December 2015

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