Diamond Walnut Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe

As a connoisseur of delectable pastries, I have finally come across the perfect dessert – Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe. As a baker, I take pride in presenting desserts that are not only scrumptious but also visually appealing to my clients. This recipe is my ultimate favorite, and one that has always left my clients begging for more.

This tantalizing tart is an embodiment of savory flavors and exquisite textures, all intricately put together to make the perfect dessert. The buttery, flaky crust made from walnuts and flour, coupled with the tanginess of blue cheese, sets the foundation for the crème de la crème of pastry recipes comprising cranberries.

The walnut, blue cheese combination complemented with thyme leaves adds a distinct depth of flavor to this dessert. The slight sweetness from cranberries and sugar brings out an explosion of flavors in every bite. It’s the harmonization of textures, and flavors that makes me love this recipe even more.

Not only is this tart recipe packed full of flavors, it is also healthy as it uses Diamond Nuts, minus any artificial preservatives or processes; making it wholesome for every person who yearns for dietary balance. This recipe guide will show you how to make this dish exquisitely with creativity; well articulated step-by-step instructions providing images that will assist you in creating a perfect-looking pastry bite.

Every Nutty Baker needs to own this exceptional walnut crust recipe and roll up their sleeves and get into baking mode. Savor every moment as you make memories, share stories over delicious goodies with family and friends during holidays or special occasions – festive goodness at its best! It’s post-sponsored by Blue Diamond Nuts – so don’t miss your chance to create delicious memories!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart With Cranberries
Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart With Cranberries

This Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe is a delightful addition to your holiday recipe guide. It is a scrumptious combination of savory and sweet flavors that will satisfy your taste buds in every bite.

Are you a fan of blue cheese? Then this recipe is for you! The creaminess of the blue cheese, paired with the toasted Diamond Walnuts and the tart cranberries, will create a flavor explosion in your mouth. The fresh thyme brings an earthy note that goes perfectly with the sweetness from the cranberries.

The recipe goes beyond just delicious taste, as it is also versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer or as a dessert. The presentation of the tart is stunning, making it perfect for any celebration or gathering. Impress your guests with this beautiful walnut crust and tart cranberries recipe.

Not only is this recipe divine, but it is also easy to make! With simple ingredients like heavy cream, eggs, flour, unsalted butter, and sugar, you can create a magnificent dish that will leave everyone impressed. The Diamond Nuts Cranberry Walnut Meringue, Walnut Meringue Pie, Cranberry Walnut Bites are all decadent treats that will make every Christmas special.

Additionally, this recipe offers gluten-free alternatives using Diamond Nut Thins in place of traditional pastry bites. Add some goat cheese or pear on top for an added kick! You can even experiment with different cheese varieties to make it uniquely yours.

In summary, this Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe is perfect for those who love bold flavors and crave something unique for their holiday celebrations. Make every Christmas delicious with this mouthwatering creation that everyone will enjoy!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven: Flakey pastry, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy Diamond Walnuts.
A slice of heaven: Flakey pastry, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy Diamond Walnuts.

Below is a list of all the ingredients needed to make this delicious Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries recipe:

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 6 oz blue cheese, crumbled

For the topping:

  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt

To garnish:

  • Diamond Walnuts

Some of these ingredients may seem unconventional but they come together to create a rich and flavorful tart. Avoid using substitutes for these ingredients as it may change the character of the dish. Make sure to select fresh ingredients by checking their expiration dates to ensure they will not spoil before using them.

The Recipe How-To

 Ready to impress: This tart is perfect for fancy dinner parties or a casual family dinner.
Ready to impress: This tart is perfect for fancy dinner parties or a casual family dinner.

After gathering all the ingredients, it’s time to put everything together to create this flavorful Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries.

Preparing the Tart Crust

Firstly, preheat your oven to 375°F. In a bowl, mix 1 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp of granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt until well combined. Slowly add melted unsalted butter while stirring the mixture.

Next, press the walnut mixture on the bottom and sides of a tart pan using your fingers or a spoon. You could also use a spatula to level out the crust evenly.

Bake for around 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Making the Filling

While waiting for the crust to cool down, it’s time to prepare the filling.

In a pan over medium heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil and one finely chopped bulb of onion. Sauté until onions are translucent then set aside.

In another bowl, whisk 2 large eggs until thoroughly combined. Add in 1 cup of whole milk,heavy cream, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the eggs mixture.

Finely crumble about 6 ounces of white or blue cheese into the same bowl using your hands or a fork. Mix well before adding in two tablespoons of finely chopped fresh thyme.

Fold in half a cup of dried or fresh cranberries into the egg and cheese mixture.

Add sautéed onions evenly on top of your cooled crust before pouring in your filling mixture.

Baking and Serving

Place the filled tart pan in your preheated oven and bake for around 30 minutes till lightly golden in color, and when inserted with a toothpick at the center comes out clean. Let it sit for about 5 minutes once removed from that oven before slicing.

Serve as an appetizer with pear slices topped with goat cheese, cranberry sauce or as a dessert paired with ice cream for an elegant dinner finale.

Make this tart on special occasions or create homemade versions like walnut meringue pie or walnut bites pastry bites from leftovers!


Substitutions and Variations

 Beautifully golden: The tart dough bakes to a perfect golden brown.
Beautifully golden: The tart dough bakes to a perfect golden brown.

In cooking, flexibility is key. You can make something your own by substituting ingredients or shaking things up a bit. For this recipe, the possibilities are endless.

Instead of blue cheese, you can use goat cheese or cream cheese to get a different flavor profile. You could also add more savory flavors by swapping out the cranberries for caramelized onions or roasted garlic. If you’re feeling adventurous, try using pears instead of cranberries for a sweet and tangy combination.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, try replacing the flour in the crust with almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour. Additionally, if you don’t have fresh thyme on hand, dried thyme works just as well.

For those who love spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mixture to give it a fiery kick. Alternatively, if you prefer an extra creamy texture, replace some of the heavy cream with milk.

If you’re serving this at a holiday party or as an appetizer before dinner, use puff pastry to make these into bite-sized nibbles. Or if you want something more substantial, turn it into a full-sized tart and pair it with a side salad for a complete meal.

The combination of ingredients in this recipe creates something truly special; however, feel free to experiment and make it your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Sweet holiday touch: Dried cranberries add a touch of sweetness and festive flair.
Sweet holiday touch: Dried cranberries add a touch of sweetness and festive flair.

As a baker, I believe that the right pairing can make any dish shine! When it comes to serving this Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries, there are several options that would complement its flavors perfectly.

For a savory twist, serve the tart with a side salad made of mixed greens and arugula with a balsamic vinaigrette. This will cut through the richness of the blue cheese and provide a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the cranberries.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, try serving the tart with roasted or grilled chicken or beef. The flavors will blend seamlessly together and create an elevated dining experience.

For a more casual occasion, slice the tart into bite-sized pieces and serve them as appetizers or party snacks. These pastry bites are perfect for entertaining guests and pair well with crispy Diamond Nut Thins.

If you want to add an extra element of flavor, consider topping the tart with fresh pear slices, crumbled goat cheese, or even some cranberry sauce. Each of these toppings adds its own unique twist to the recipe, taking it from delicious to utterly delightful.

No matter which pairing you choose, this recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. Trust me; they will be coming back for seconds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nutty goodness: Diamond Walnuts provide a satisfying crunch that complements the creamy blue cheese.
Nutty goodness: Diamond Walnuts provide a satisfying crunch that complements the creamy blue cheese.

When it comes to making this diamond walnut and blue cheese tart with cranberries recipe, you’ll be happy to know that it can be made ahead of time so that you can focus on entertaining your guests without the added stress of cooking. The great thing about this tart is that it tastes even better the next day, and leftovers can be stored for a few days in the fridge.

To make the tart ahead of time, simply prepare the crust and filling as per the instructions, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge until ready to bake. This will allow the flavors to meld together, creating an even tastier tart.

When storing any leftovers, be sure to wrap them with aluminum foil or plastic wrap before placing them in the fridge. This will help prevent any unwanted odors from transferring onto the tart.

If you need to reheat leftovers, we recommend placing them in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes at 350°F (175°C). Be sure to keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t overheat or burn.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for those who want to prepare something delicious ahead of time without sacrificing on taste. So go ahead and make this delicious diamond walnut and blue cheese tart with cranberries recipe, knowing that it will still taste amazing when served later on!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly paired: Blue cheese and walnuts are classic flavor companions.
Perfectly paired: Blue cheese and walnuts are classic flavor companions.

It’s important to follow the recipe precisely for the best results. However, here are some tips to guarantee the perfect Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe.

Firstly, ensure that everything is room temperature before you start preparing. Take the eggs, unsalted butter, and heavy cream out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes beforehand. This will assist in a smoother blending when we mix our ingredients together.

Secondly, use walnuts roasted or toasted in butter in order to enhance their natural flavor profile. This nutty goodness complements exceptionally well with blue cheese, making it truly heavenly.

Thirdly, if using fresh cranberries, consider simmering it in sugar and some water for a few minutes. This will help to ameliorate their tartness and bring forth a more pleasant flavor which balances that of blue cheese beautifully.

Fourthly, make sure caramelized onions are fully cooled by keeping them in the fridge before adding them to the recipe. You don’t want them to be too hot while mixing these into your tart otherwise they could possibly cook your eggs resulting in a complete mess!

Lastly, when baking with thyme make sure to rub it between your fingers in order to release its oils before addition. This will accentuate its flavors even more and give you stronger bursts of aroma when baked.

By following these simple guidelines, you will create a Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart with Cranberries Recipe that will undoubtedly impress any food lover!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks! The Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart With Cranberries is a must-try recipe that will tantalize your taste buds with its unique blend of flavors. This mouthwatering tart is perfect for any occasion, be it a family gathering, a holiday party or even a casual get-together with friends.

With the combination of savory blue cheese, tangy cranberries, and crunchy walnuts, this tart is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more. Plus, with the added benefit of being able to make it ahead of time and store it easily, it’s a no-brainer for busy hosts.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and prepare to indulge in this delectable treat. And don’t forget to check out our variations section for ideas on how to switch up the recipe to suit your taste preferences.

Thank you for choosing this recipe guide and happy baking!

Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart With Cranberries

Diamond Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart With Cranberries Recipe

I love blue cheese and cranberries. This is DELICIOUS and I make it every Christmas. Got it from a "Diamond" ad in a 2002 magazine. (To say that the filling of this pie, that has blue cheese, tastes like "stuffing" is beyond me...)
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Cheese, Christmas, Fruit, Nuts, Thanksgiving
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 tart
Calories: 536.7kcal



  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, cold cut into cubes
  • 1 -2 tablespoon milk


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, but I always use it)
  • 1 1/3 cups almonds, toasted (chopped or sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream (no substitutes)
  • 2 -3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (I use the whole 4 oz package)


  • CRUST: Pulse dry ingredients and butter in food processor until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add milk; pulse until cough comes together. Turn mixture into a ball then press it into a 9" tart pan. Prick crust. Freeze half hour. Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
  • FILLING: Heat oil in heavy pan, add onion and salt and saute 10-15 minutes--be sure to stir constantly. Add cranberries and sugar; cook until berries pop. Stir in nuts and thyme; set aside.
  • Combine eggs and cream and whisk until smooth. Spoon walnut-berry mixture into tart shell; crumble blue cheese over top and pour egg mixture over it.
  • Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
  • Cool 15 minutes before serving.

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Serving: 149g | Calories: 536.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.8g | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 44.9g | Saturated Fat: 16.1g | Cholesterol: 115.7mg | Sodium: 427.8mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 6g

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