Walnut, Cherry-Apricot Tart

  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins


For the crust
8ounces soft coconut macaroon cookies
1cup California walnuts
3tablespoons melted butter
For the filling
1/3cup golden or dark raisins
1/3cup dried cherries
1/3cup chopped dried apricots
1/2cup brandy or water
2-- eggs
1cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup flour
1teaspoon vanilla
1/2cup chopped California walnuts
1/3cup semisweet chocolate chips
-- Powdered sugar for dusting top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.  Crumble the macaroons; you should have 2 cups.  To make the crust, stir the macaroons, ground walnuts and butter together in a large bowl.  Press the mixture evenly over the bottom and sides of an 11-inch, removable-bottom tart pan.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool before filling. 
  2. To make the filling, put the raisins, cherries and apricots in a small bowl.  In the microwave or in a small saucepan, bring the brandy or water just to a boil. Pour it over the fruit, and soak for 20 – 30 minutes.  Drain off any remaining liquid.
  3. In a medium bowl beat eggs with a mixer on low speed for 3 – 4 minutes, until quite foamy.  Add the brown sugar, flour and vanilla, and beat until smooth.  Add drained fruit, the walnuts and chocolate chips, and stir to combine.  Pour the filling into the prepared crust, spreading it evenly.  Bake 35 – 40 minutes, until the filling is lightly browned and set; a toothpick inserted in center should come out clean when the tart is done.  If top gets too brown during baking, drape a sheet of foil loosely over the tart for the remainder of the baking time.  Place the tart on a rack to cool before removing the sides of the pan.  Before serving, dust the top with powdered sugar sprinkled through a sieve or strainer. 

One 11-inch tart

Recipe courtesy of Rosanne Nicholson

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 550
  • Glycemic Load 4
  • Fat 28g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Cholesterol 60mg
  • Sodium 125mg
  • Potassium 330mg
  • Carbohydrate 70g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugars 53g
  • Protein 7g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 15%