Rustic Cranberry and Apple Tart!… and a few Scarecrows…

Fall is definitely in the air!! The leaves are beginning to change, I’m starting to put the heat on to take the chill out of the house, and the flannel sheets and heating blankets are ready to go!

I love putting my oven on this time of year, it warms up the house while the aromas are
filling the air!
Having recently bought a bunch of apples, and after seeing numerous apple creations in the blogoshere, I decided on making this free form tart. I love using those dried cranberries with apples, they go so good together. In fact, who was the brilliant person who thought of packaging dried cranberries? Whoever it was, was a genius!

Pastry for the Tart
1 1/4 c. Flour
1/3 c. of Almond Meal Flour
1/4 c. Sugar
1/3 c. of Cold Butter
2 Egg Yolks
2 Tbl. Milk
Mix the flours, and the sugar together. Cut in your cold butter, till it resembles small pea’s. Gradually stir in the yolks. When dough comes together wrap it and refrigerate it for couple of hours. This is key, because the butter needs to get really cold again, otherwise you can’t even roll it out, it will stick. You could even do this the night before, or early in the day.

Peel and slice 3 cups of apples, flavor them with a little cinnamon and sugar according to your sweetness. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the cranberries to this.

When ready to bake, line a baking sheet with parchment, and heat your oven to 375.
Take the pastry dough out and divide it in half. You’ll be making 2 tarts from this. Work quickly on a floured surface and roll out the dough, place it on the parchment, and fill with apple mixture leaving a border so you can fold up the sides. Brush on some apricot preserves on top of the apples, and a little milk over the dough to get it nice and golden. Bake for about 25 minutes.
Cool it down a bit before cutting, but serve it warm!

I think the almond flour is what really makes this stand out, so really you have to put it in, otherwise it won’t taste the same.

Over the weekend we went to the Morton Arboretum, they had a Fall Color Festival, and a 5k going on. I thought I’d share with you some nature themed scarecrows that were created by the local Girl Scout troops. They were so cute!

Elvis, with his pumpkin head

Daisy girl

The Count, with all his bats!!

This was so cute, Hannah “Bloomtanna”/ Miley “Cyprus”

And lastly, Pirates of “the Arboretum”!! They did a great job didn’t they?
Buon Appetito!!

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  1. We have a strawberry farm close by that has the same adorable scarecrows…. as for the apple pie…it looks so scrumptious!

  2. Great post, Marie. Love the scarecrows! xox

  3. Now that is one beautiful tart! And how CUTE are those scarecrows?!?!

  4. Love the combination of apples & cranberries, and your right “what took them so long” I’m very rarely w/o dried cranberries in the house!! What a wonder tart you have here!!

    And the scarecrows are great!!

  5. That Elvis scarecrow cracked me up.


  6. Lovely tart. Love the combo of apples and cranberries. The scarecrows are great too!

  7. Love this time of year, anything with apples and/or cranberries is my favorite. Your apple tart looks delish! And how cute are those scrawcrows? Must work, don’t see a crow in sight!

  8. Oh yeah, fall is definitely here and I am loving it 🙂 That tart looks so good, perfect for this time of the year and those scarecrows, lol, they are so cute. I can’t wait for our pumpkin show to start 🙂

  9. The scarecrows were hilarious! (and your tart looks yummy!)

  10. The tart is beautiful. I love the addition of cranberries for color and tartness…and the count is a scream.

  11. Hi Marie.
    I love the scarecrows and the tart!
    so creative!


  12. I’m laughing out loud at those scarecrows. Not only do they look hilarious, but the names! Hannah Bloomtana? Stop, it’s too much! I’ll have to show my kids later — they’ll love them!

    The tart looks amazing as well! I feel like I just can’t bake enough this time of year. I’ve just got to try this one. The almond flour sounds fabulous, but I am not sure I’ve ever seen it before (although I have never looked for it either). I hope that I can find it around here without too much trouble, because I’ve got a weakness for almond, and I know that I will love this!

  13. Marie your apple and cranberry tart looks delicious, the scarecrows are so funny, hugs, Kathy.

  14. Those scarecrows are a hoot!! What fun! Cannot believe it is already fall up your way. Seems like you were just posting about the summer BBQ’s! The tart looks and sounds fantastic. Nice way to celebrate the fall weather. The apples are awesome this time of year!

  15. I love the look of your rustic tart. It reminds me of a french galette (not sure how to spell that one…). It looks beautiful, and more importantly, it looks freaking tasty!

  16. Beautiful tart!!! Those scarecrows are very clever!

  17. I love your blog! The scarecrows are hilarious and love their names. That tart sounds tasty!

  18. You know that I am going to bake this don’t you 🙂 I love cranberries mixed with apples or pears … and that crust looks fantastic!

    The pirate scarecrow was my fav.

  19. I love the way you have seasons, I’m so jealous:) We just have the same weather all year round which I hate:( This tart looks fab and I love the scarecrows!

  20. This almost-Paisan loves the “rustica” and the scarecrows are awesome too…where’s Dino? lol

  21. i am a pastry loser but maybe just maybe i could do rustic pastry?


  22. Those are so cute!

  23. This looks so beautiful! The scarecrows are great!

  24. The Girl Scouts did an excellent job. I love each of the scarecrows.Thanks for sharing this tribute to fall. The apple tart makes a wonderful tribute as well….apples and cranberries are a perfect match:D

  25. Love the scarecrows! The tart looks so great for fall.

  26. SO cute. Love all of the scarecrows! Our fall festival is this weekend… and I’m entering the pie contest. I’ll be practicing today with those loads of apples that I have. Wish me luck!

    This tart looks quite delicious. I especially love them warm with a little bit of ice cream 🙂

  27. Hi Marie

    The ingredient of almond flour in the apple tart dough made my mouth water —yummm — it must be so flavorful! This looks much easier to make than a pie and just as good!

    The scarecrows are all wonderfully creative!

    Hugs, Pat

  28. Your tart look beautiful and you are so festive with your pumpkin and the cute scarecrows!

  29. Those girl scouts sure are talented. And the tart looks beautiful!

  30. Oh the scarecrows are adorable. How fun!

    Your tart looks fabulous Marie. I think that almond flour sounds great, can you make a whole tart with just that flour?

    Did you do the 5k?

  31. Ciao,

    I’ll have to try the tart, the almond meal flour is something new to me, I’ll have to look for it.

    Today I made the Pepper Focaccia, it turned out well, but I will add a little more seasoning next time. It’s a keeper.

    Thanks again.

  32. Oh I bet that tart made your kitchen smell heavenly!! It looks delicious!

    Love the scarecrows! This is such a fun time of year!

  33. I love cranberries in baked fruit treats. I often add a few to apple, peach, pear desserts along with anythink else that you would add fruit…like muffins

  34. Good Morning Marie,

    I was so surprised when I saw that you had stopped by my blog, thank you for the visit.
    I wonder if you can help me with a recipe for BOWTIE COOKIES. An Italian friend of ours, made them in the past, and my children loved them. Unfortunatley she is now in a nursing home and can not help. I’ve tried different recipes, even Martha Stewart’s, but they are very soft and not the crispy type that I’m looking for. I would much appreciate any help you can give me.
    Have a good day.


  35. Love the scarecrows esp the Hannah “Bloomtanna”/ Miley “Cyprus” 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, it sure looks delicious!

  36. I love the combination of flavours in the tart! And- how cute are those scarecrows?!

  37. Wonderful apple tart Marie! I love the addition of cranberries! My favorite snack!! And that daisy girl is sooo cute! She would fit well among my white roses.. the year round!!
    Happy fall.. I love it too, our weather just started cooling down a bit! Hugs to you!!!

  38. Why don’t they invent a blog where we can reach out and take a pinch just to try it ? All your food looks soooo tempting!

  39. This tart is gorgeous – it’s definitely on my list of recipes to try soon.

  40. Marie I love the Tart is wonderful!!! really!! and I love the scarecrows, are wonderful!! xGloria

  41. That is one beautiful tart, Marie! Apples and cranberries are such a perfect Fall combination too. Great job!

  42. Apples and cranberries are a really nice combo in dishes like this. I also like pears and cranberries. Look at all of the scarecrows.

  43. almond flour is a great choice! i love that!i swear recipes like this make it easy for me to want to cook for myself. heck, after all, i do deserve some goodness in food every now and then!!

  44. Loving the almond meal in the crust. The tart looks so good. I love this time of year.

  45. Aren’t those just the cutest scarecrows? I love Halloween. And I really love your apple and cranberry tart. Mmm… good.

  46. Wow very yummy indeed… Loved the scarecrows… FUN!!!


  47. The tart looks fabulous. How I miss cranberries sometimes.

  48. Lol, I love the Hannah “Bloomtanna”/ Miley “Cyprus scarecrows 🙂 And this apple tart looks positively scrummy! Yet another recipe I’m going to borrow *grins* Thank you in advance for what i’m sure is going to be divine!

  49. Yum, cranberries and apples :). What a pretty tart. I can’t live without almond meal, it really makes such a difference in sweet treats.