It’s an established fact that browned butter makes everything taste better. Especially when we’re talking about a tart smothered in delicious cranberries.
I got out a puzzle last night and put together all the interesting parts: The edges, corners, then the people, the letters, you know the drill. Then I abandoned it like yesterday’s jam. Who wants to spend 2 hours putting together 250 pieces of monotonous blue sky? Eric does, that’s who. And I still get the satisfaction of a finished puzzle. I married up, people.
When I was a kid we had the same desserts for every single Thanksgiving meal: 2 lemon meringue pies, 2 blackberry pies, some mint brownies, and a token pumpkin pie that nobody wanted (I think my dad ate it single-handedly every year.) I thought that’s what Thanksgiving was: the same pies, over and over.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love pie, and the 2 I listed above are indeed 2 of my favorite pies (“All 9 kinds of pie that Harold liked best”…name that children’s book!!)
But check this out people. I think it’s time we expanded.
This here tart was the best part of my day. (Well. Besides my kids being awesome. I actually forgot about my 8 month old son today. I was busy taking pictures of this tart when suddenly I panicked. Where is he?? Oh, right there on the floor where I left him, silently smiling at the ceiling. Don’t hate me. I will get my comeuppance one day when he turns into a rampaging toddler or a rebellious teenager.)
You need to eat this tart after your Thanksgiving meal because it will perfectly balance out all that sage and thyme. You need to make this tart for Thanksgiving because you can make it 24 hours in advance. You need to make this tart for Thanksgiving because this thing called fresh cranberries only happens once a year.
You need to make this tart because there is a copious amount of browned butter in it. Copious, I say! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like butter, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t think browned butter was better.
The tart itself is less like a tart and more like an extremely moist cake. It reminds me of a Gooey Butter Cake, especially because of the intense vanilla flavor. The lemon zest does not make it taste lemony, but adds brightness. And the browned butter…oh, the browned butter. Make sure you use real vanilla beans, or vanilla bean paste, otherwise you will be missing out.
What desserts do you guys make for Thanksgiving every year? Do you stick to the tried and true or do you like to branch out?
P.S. There are a couple photos of the method below the recipe.
P.P.S. Do you guys follow me on Pinterest? There are lots of amazing things going on over on my boards recently…
Source: Food and Wine