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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


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Kathy M.
July 10, 2023
Easy yet elegant, different yet delicious
The cornmeal gave it a touch of rustic grittiness in a good way. The pepper gave it a spiciness I wasn’t sure I’d like but I loved it. This recipe calls for much more jam than other tart recipes I’ve seen but it wasn’t too much. My one complaint was that even though I dusted it with powdered sugar and it had lots of jam, I could’ve used a bit more sweetness in the crust but that’s a personal preference. Overall everybody loved it. I’ll definitely make it again, especially since it was so easy and uses pantry staples.
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!