Ricotta tart

Ricotta tart is a classic Italian pastry which is loved and imitated worldwide. The fragrance of the pastry, combined with the fabulous and delicate creaminess of the filling made with ricotta cheese, make this a dessert suitable for all occasions. Whether as a snack, a party dish for children, or just at the end of a meal, the ricotta tart always impresses. Even those who do not particularly like the desserts will enjoy it as it is not excessively sweet; on the contrary, it offers a delicate lightness on the palate. Try it in its classic, simple form, or do as we did, adding candied fruit and chocolate chips. The outcome will be delicious. Don’t forget, after making the pastry, to allow it to rest in the fridge before you roll it out, and to choose only top quality fresh ricotta, made with cow’s milk or mixed cow and sheep’s milk.

Ingredients

  • Italian 00 flour 300 grams
  • sugar 150 grams
  • butter 150 grams
  • eggs 3 units Two egg yolks and one whole egg
  • salt
  • lemon
  • oranges 1 unit
  • ricotta cheese 500 grams fresh
  • sugar 250 grams
  • chocolate 50 grams
  • eggs 3 units (due tuorli e uno intero)
  • rum
  • cinnamon
  • candied fruit
Information
30 minutes Total time
30 minutes Active time
Serves 8 persons
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Preparation

With the flour, butter and eggs, prepare a sweet shortcrust pastry to which you add a pinch of salt and the finely grated zest of half a lemon. Let it rest for a while wrapped in aluminium foil. In a bowl, prepare a mixture with the sieved ricotta, sugar, egg yolks and the whole egg, the finely grated zest of half a lemon and an orange, a pinch of cinnamon and a glass of rum, to form a smooth, well-combined mixture. Lay some of the pastry dough on the bottom of a greased, round baking tray, leaving the edges a little higher, and pour in the ricotta mixture. With the remaining dough, arrange them in strips to form a circular, latticed edge on the outer edge of the base above the ricotta mixture. Brush these strips with the beaten egg and bake in a moderate oven (180 °C) until the strips are well browned. Allow to cool before serving and sprinkle with vanilla sugar.

Tips
If you like, you can add some pine nuts and a little orange essence to the filling. Moreover, if you make it in advance, store it in the fridge: it will last longer and will still be excellent.
Trivia
Probably all sweet shortcrust tarts, and specifically the ricotta tart along with its close Neapolitan cousins, is native to the area of the Gulf of Naples. There are even some legends that link the origin of these desserts to the myth of the mermaid Partenope.

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