Cranberry Curd Tart
This festive (and gluten-free!) tart will make for a delicious and colorful addition to your holiday spread. It can be made a few days in advance to help alleviate baking burnout on the big day. Be sure to use local cranberries from Vermont Cranberry Company and top it with a dollop of your favorite local cream!
Heat oven to 325 F. Roast hazelnuts on a baking sheet 10-15 minutes, until skins darken and crack. Put roasted nuts in a clean towel and rub off skins. Discard skins and let nuts cool. In a food processor, grind nuts with half the rice flour until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add remaining rice flour and salt and pulse briefly. Cream sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon for a minute or two until pale and thick. Add nut mixture and combine until dough comes together. If it seems crumbly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons softened butter or a little cold water. Press dough evenly into a 10-inch tart pan; use half the dough for the sides and half for the bottom. Prick bottom with a fork and freeze for 30 minutes (or several days if desired).
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake chilled tart shell about 15 minutes until lightly brown. Cool.
Heat cranberries, sugar, and the orange juice and rind in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until cranberries have popped and softened, about 10 minutes. Purée the cooked cranberry and orange mixture with an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender, then press through a fine-mesh sieve. Whisk the butter into the warm liquid.
Put eggs and egg yolks into a bowl and beat lightly. Slowly whisk a cup of warm cranberry liquid into the eggs to temper, then combine both and whisk together. Wipe out pot if necessary, return liquid to pot and cook over low heat until nearly bubbling and thickened, about 10 minutes. If using immediately, let cool to room temperature. If working ahead, cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap (press wrap against curd) and refrigerate. (Curd may be cooked up to 1 day ahead.)
Pour cooled cranberry curd into the cooled prebaked tart shell and smooth top with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes to set curd. Cool on a rack. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days.