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Streusel-Topped Jam Tart

One 9-inch tart

1 hour 20 minutes active, plus cooling

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This rustic tart is a breeze to prepare with a few pantry staples. The dough, which comes together quickly in a food processor, is dual purpose. Pressed into a tart pan, it forms the bottom crust and, pinched into small bits and scattered onto the filling, bakes into a buttery streusel topping. A little cornmeal in the dough adds textural interest and subtly sweet corn flavor. Just about any type of fruit jam or preserves works well. We particularly like cherry preserves and seedless raspberry jam; marmalade is a great option, too. A little black pepper mixed into the preserves offers just a hint of savoriness that balances the sweetness.


9-inch tart

1 hour

20 minutes active, plus cooling


  • cup white sugar

  • 3

    teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Randy S.
January 22, 2023
Tasty and easy, even for this non-baker
We had a mix of fig preserves and blood orange marmalade, which turned out to be a perfect combination. We only had coarse cornmeal, but enjoyed that extra texture. Very impressive.
Maria S.
December 18, 2022
Great, simple dessert
We really enjoyed the dessert. The addition of the black pepper took it to the next level. I'll be adding this to the dessert rotation.
Mel S.
November 25, 2022
So good & easy
I made this tart into bars with a square pan and used homemade grape and cardamom jam. So good and easy! This will be my go-to dessert.
Ann S.
November 18, 2022
Easy and elegant
The perfect quick dessert. I had my guests guess the “secret” ingredients (cornmeal and ground pepper). They loved it!
Jane B.
November 14, 2022
easy and delicious --
Very easy and very tasty - but I wish the recipe had weights as well as volume measures.