Thursday, 25 September 2014

Lemon & Ricotta Tart...torta di ricotta e limone

I just love lemons, whether its a icy cold lemon granita on a warm summers day or a luscious lemon  meringue   pie after a hearty winters meal. Lemons are delizioso. which brings me to my next recipe. The famous lemon tart but with an italian twist, using ricotta & mascarpone of course. Enjoy this one! Godere... Mama G xxx

1-2 sheets of shortcrust pastry
1 cup ricotta
200g mascarpone
1/2 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
Finely grated lemon zest and juice 
of 2 lemons
300ml thickened cream

Candied Lemon

2/3 cup caster sugar
1 lemon thinly sliced

Pre heat the oven 200c. Use pastry to line a greased 26cm tart pan. Trim any excess pastry. Line the pastry with baking paper and baking weights or uncooked rice. Bake for 8 minutes. then remove paper and weights, and return to the oven for another 3 minutes. Cool slightly.

Place the ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Pour mixture into tart case. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile for the candied lemon, place sugar and 2/3 cup water in a frypan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes until sugar starts to turn golden.

 Add the lemon slices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until well coated. Then transfer to baking paper lined tray and set aside to cool.

Top tart with cream and candied lemon.

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