Rustic Walnut Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream

As silly as this sounds, until I saw my Rack of Lamb menu from the ATK Menu Cookbook, I never thought of making any sort of a nut pie/tart other than pecan. It was a definite A-HA! moment for me when I saw this recipe for the Rustic Walnut Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream. I’m so glad ATK has this recipe in the cookbook.

The tart dough is subtly sweet and crispy. The walnuts provide a great texture since they’re a softer nut. And the bourbon whipped cream? I was eating that stuff with a spoon. This would make another great addition to your Easter menu.

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Rustic Walnut Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Ingredients (serves 8)

    For the Crust

    • 1 cup (5 ounces) fl our
    • 1/3 cup packed (2⅓ ounces) brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into ½ -inch pieces and chilled

    For the Filling

    • 1/2 cup packed (3½ ounces) brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
    • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 Tbsp bourbon or dark rum
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 3/4 cups walnuts (7 ounces), chopped coarse

    For the Whipped Cream

    • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
    • 1/4 cup bourbon or dark rum (optional)
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla
    • Pinch salt

    Instructions

    For the Crust

    Grease 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Process flour, sugar, walnuts, salt, and baking powder in food processor until combined, about 5 pulses. Sprinkle butter over top and pulse

    until mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, about 8 pulses.

    Sprinkle mixture into prepared pan. Press crumbs firmly into an even layer over pan bottom and up sides using bottom of dry measuring cup. Set tart pan on large plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 week.

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Set tart pan on baking sheet. Press double layer aluminum foil into frozen tart shell and over edges of pan and fill with pie weights. Bake until tart shell is golden brown and set, about 30 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let tart shell cool slightly while making filling.

    For the filling

    Whisk sugar, corn syrup, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt in large bowl until sugar dissolves. Whisk in egg until combined. Pour filling evenly into tart shell and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake until filling is set and walnuts begin to brown, 30 to 40 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Let tart cool completely, about 2 hours. (Tart can be

    refrigerated for up 2 days; bring to room temperature before serving.)

    For the whipped cream

    Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip cream, bourbon, if using, sugar, vanilla, and salt

    on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. (Whipped cream can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours; rewhisk briefly before serving.)

    To serve, remove outer ring from tart pan, slide thin metal spatula between tart and tart pan bottom, and carefully slide tart onto serving platter or cutting board. Slice tart into pieces and serve with whipped cream.

    Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen

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    11 Responses to “White Chocolate Cran-Raspberry Cake”

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      Megan — February 22, 2013 at 7:56 am

      I do the same thing on Friday nights. Totally acceptable. 🙂 The cake looks gorgeous!

      • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:33 am

        Glad I’m not the only one 😉

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      Jaida @ Sweet Beginnings — February 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

      This looks amazing!!! Great choice of convenience item to make, and what better way to use it than in a layer cake!?!?

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      Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Beautiful cake, Jen! I’ve never heard of a filling made from dried fruit, either. Must try it soon!

      • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

        It was a lot better than I was expecting for sure!

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      Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Sounds like a great combinations of flavors. Layer cakes are the best!

      • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

        I agree, layer cakes are the best

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      Judy — February 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Those are some delicious flavors going on. It looks great, too.

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      Shannon — February 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      haha, “forced” your friends to eat this deliciousness? tough life! sounds amazing 🙂

      • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

        Ha no kidding. The life of being friends with a baker…

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      ErinsFoodFiles — February 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Looks delicious!!

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