I chose this recipe from Ocean Spray for "Cranberry-Gorzonzola Appetizer Tart". This sounded good, and I had all the ingredients except the fresh cranberries and their recommended tart shell using a refrigerated pie crust. Well, there were two "firsts" for me! I bake LOTS of pies and tarts, and have NEVER before used a prepared pie crust. I was curious. The second new experience was to chop fresh cranberries. I have made fresh cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, etc., but always cooked the cranberries whole. This recipe said to chop them. I had never seen the INSIDE of a fresh cranberry!
Back to the pie crust. I know many use these all the time. I have to say, though quick and easy, I thought it was disgusting! Maybe the package I got was not typical, but it shredded, (yes, it was room temp), cracked, and did not brown evenly. My tart shell had holes and cracks in the bottom, and I didn't like the fragrance of it when baking. It is truly the ugliest tart I have ever made, and I wouldn't serve it to anyone but Brad and myself.
That said, I proceeded with the recipe, as the filling was ready to go in my mixer. I kept thinking, "What a waste of good gorgonzola!" I was also concerned about using fresh cranberries, when there was nothing in the recipe to sweeten them. When it was done and cooled, I was afraid to take it out of the tart pan. Remember those cracks and holes? I cut it and served it straight from the pan. No pretty serving plate, not a company dish, right? Just a taste.
How did it taste?
I cut us each a 1" square. We both spit it out. The cranberries were bitter, and overpowered even the gorgonzola! Ocean Spray may know a lot about cranberries, but we thought this was inedible! There rest went here:
This recipe might work with dried cranberries, skip the green onion, and make a real crust! I am not saving the bookmark.