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Oct 23, 2012 06:14 PM

In search of a lost recipe from Gourmet Magazine

Back in mid 80's, i made achocolate-cranberry torte/tart/pie? for Thanksgiving and the memory of this dessert lingers to this day. I recall that the recipe came from Gourmet Magazine and the year is either 1985, 1986, or 1987, probably October/November/December issue. If anyone has this recipe or can relate to what I'm talking about, please let me know or send a link. Thanks for your help!

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  1. There is a recipe on epicurious that kind of fits.It is a chocolate tart with candied cranberries. Go to and search it.

    1. This is a tart I made around 2007 from Bon Appetit magazine. It sounds exactly like what you want. It was very good, but serve small pieces, it's very rich. Good Luck!

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      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        I've seen this recipe and although it's not the one I am looking for, I may give it a shot. Thanks!

        1. re: paulmunk

          (edited: meant to reply to OP)

          I think I have those issues, I'll check this week. I hate that Epicurious doesn't have all the recipes indexed on the site. I found this out the hard way after I threw out a lot of back issues.

          1. re: Rubee

            I tried Epicurious and couldn't find it. I thought for a moment that my memory is failing me, until I relized that Epicurious database of recipes from Gourmet is not all encompassing.

      2. Have you called the magazine? I had the same thing happen to me with a creme brulee recipe and they were able to find it/email it to me.
        Seems like you've narrowed the timeline down so a little time over the phone may be useful.

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        1. Its a very old recipe, you will have to dig it hard with in your memory in order to find the recipe....

          1. I found a reference to a "Cranberry Tart with Rum Cream and Chocolate" that was apparently in the November 1986 issue of Gourmet. A little more searching turned up a recipe at the bottom of this page - - for said tart. Could this be the one?

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            1. re: Coogles

              I think this is it, although I don't recall the rum creme bit (there was a custard like filling for sure, though). If it were in November 1986 issue, then I am virtually certain that this is the one I am looking for--Thank You very much!!!

              I am curious where you found it. The link you posted had a bunch of recipes on it--what is the site? I've searched for past recipes out of Gourmet on Epicurious before and as Ruby mentioned in a post before, their collection is not comprehensive. A site that would have all the recipes from past issues indexed would be a terrific find!

              Thanks again--I really appreciate it.

              1. re: paulmunk

                I did a search for "gourmet magazine 80's cranberry chocolate" which led me to this page that gave the issue of the magazine and title of the recipe. Googling "Cranberry Tart with Rum Cream and Chocolate" in quotes led to this page, which is a menu for a dinner this group will be having on the 27th where the tart will be served and indicates that the recipes will be posted on their site. I then looked at the home page for their site and found the link to the recipes, the page with the actual recipe is found does not show up in the search. They look like a social group that has quarterly gourmet dinners. I can't find any recipes from previous dinners so you may want to print these out before they're taken down.

                  1. re: Coogles

                    I can't seem to access that page - it may be because I have an older computer. Can you post this recipe?

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I have the link from above, but it just won't load for me. Can you cut and paste the recipe for me?

                        1. re: DonnaMarieNJ

                          Unfortunately, no. It's a pdf scan, so it's not possible to C&P . I could try to paraphrase the recipe but it's really long and I'm not up to it tonight. I've saved it off and can try to do it later in the week if no one beats me to it. Are you under a particular deadline for it?


                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Not at all - no hurry. It just sounded good. The page just won't load for me - it stops halfway and wants me to download something (I'm not comfortable with that). As I mentioned, my computer is old and needs to be updated, but I'd rather a pro do it for me. I can't even save the recipe as I can't see it. Any help would be appreciated. THANK YOU!

                            1. re: DonnaMarieNJ

                              TDQ - I did it! I tried it at work and it opened immediately. Thank you anyway! Must get a new computer at home :(

                              1. re: DonnaMarieNJ

                                Oh, that's fantastic! Sounds like a good recipe, doesn't it?


                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  What am I doing wrong? The link opens up for me and I see several scanned recipes but not the cranberry tart one. The very last thing in the document is a note of a correction to that recipe.

                                  1. re: tcamp

                                    I suspect you aren't doing anything wrong. It's a weird page with some text and some scanned images. It seems like maybe you are able to see the text but not the images? Funnily enough, I was able to see the cranberry tart from a different computer, but I can't see it from the one I'm using right now. Do you have access to a different computer?


                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                      Ok, I needed to allow some microsoft add-on to see that particular recipe. Wierd. Thanks for the help!

                  2. re: paulmunk

                    Epicurious's indexing is not comprehensive either. Google is better, IMHO.