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"This is a traditional tart eaten in Naples at Easter," says Ingram. "The legend goes that a mermaid called Parthenope in the Gulf of Napoli would sing to celebrate the arrival of spring each year. One year, to say thank you, the Neapolitans offered her gifts of ricotta, flour, eggs, wheat, perfumed orange flowers and spices. She took them to her kingdom under the sea, where the gods made them into a cake. I love to add nibs of chocolate to Parthenope cake because I think it marries nicely with the candied orange and sultanas, but, really, do you need an excuse to add chocolate to anything?" Start this recipe a day ahead to prepare the pastry and soak the sultanas.

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Tortelli caramelle


You'll need

100 gm butter, coarsely chopped ¼ bunch sage leaves To serve: finely grated parmesan   Pasta dough 200 gm plain flour 2 eggs   Ricotta and spinach filling 75 gm each of English spinach leaves and wild greens 100 gm ricotta 20 gm (1/3 cup) finely grated parmesan 1 egg yolk To taste: finely grated nutmeg   Beetroot filling 200 gm roasted beetroot, puréed 100 gm goat’s cheese 50 gm ricotta 20 gm finely grated parmesan

Method

  • 01
  • For the pasta dough, mound the flour and a pinch of salt onto a work surface and make a well in the middle. Add eggs and 1 tbsp of water to the well. Using a fork, beat the eggs and gradually incorporate the flour from the sides of the well. Knead, then using a pasta machine, start at the widest setting and feed dough through the rollers, reducing settings notch by notch and feeding and rolling until dough is translucent. Cut pasta into 5cm x 8cm rectangles using a fluted pastry wheel, then place onto lightly floured trays and cover with a damp cloth to prevent drying out.
  • 02
  • For ricotta and spinach filling, steam spinach and wild greens until wilted, then drain and squeeze out water. Finely chop and transfer to a bowl. Add ricotta, parmesan, egg yolk and season to taste with nutmeg, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 03
  • For beetroot filling, combine all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.
  • 04
  • Place a tablespoon of each, alternating the ricotta and wild greens and beetroot fillings, among each piece of pasta. Delicately roll the long edge of the pasta over the filling and gently pinch the ends so it looks like a lolly or bonbon.
  • 05
  • Bring a saucepan of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook in batches until al dente (3-4 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a warm, lightly oiled bowl.
  • 06
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large frying pan over low-medium heat, add sage and cook for 2 minutes. Add drained pasta and cook until pasta and butter are browned (2-3 minutes). Serve immediately, with parmesan.

“Caramelle (named for its resemblence to lollies) is a dish made for Sunday lunch or special celebrations. It is a tradition of Parma and Piacenza, and each family’s recipe has its own secret or variation. Seasonal wild greens (erbette – which can include edible greens from the fields such as nettle and cress) can be used instead of spinach.”

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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