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    Cranberry, hazelnut and sherry tart

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 10-12

    Ingredients

    500g block shortcrust pastry
    275g blanched hazelnuts
    200g unsalted butter
    175g golden caster sugar
    2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
    1 lemon, zest
    3 eggs, beaten
    4 tbsp plain flour
    3 tbsp sherry
    100g fresh or frozen cranberries
    3 tbsp demerara sugar

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Roll out the pastry to 0.5cm thick and use to line a 24cm fluted tart tin. Prick the base with a fork, leaving the excess pastry overhanging. Line with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake blind for 25 minutes. Remove the paper and beans, then bake for 10 minutes more until the tart case is cooked through, smells biscuity and is starting to brown. Trim off the excess pastry with a knife.

    2. Meanwhile, put the hazelnuts on a tray and bake for 5-10 minutes until a shade darker. Leave to cool, then pulse in a food processor until finely chopped, but not a powder. Transfer to a large bowl. Put the butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a good pinch of salt in a food processor. Whizz until light and fluffy. Add to the hazelnuts with the eggs, flour and sherry. Beat until thoroughly combined.

    3. Transfer the mixture to the tart shell and smooth out. Scatter over the cranberries (no need to defrost if frozen) and demerara sugar, then bake for about 25 minutes, until the tart is golden and has firmed up around the edges but retains just a little wobble towards the centre. Allow to cool completely, then remove from the tin, set on a platter and serve. If making ahead, keep chilled for up to 2 days and bring up to room temperature to serve. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, December 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue

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