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Italian Easter tart

"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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This layered dessert is deceptively light, despite the creamy chocolate filling. It would also be beautiful with raspberries scattered over the chocolate creme for a burst of freshness.

Chocolate fig and hazelnut fudge cake with candied oranges


You'll need

250 ml (1 cup) muscat or brandy 300 gm (1½ cups) dried figs, coarsely chopped 420 gm (3 cups) hazelnuts, roasted, peeled 250 gm unsalted butter 300 gm caster sugar 6 eggs 250 gm dark chocolate (64.5% cocoa solids), melted 35 gm (½ cup) fresh breadcrumbs To serve: double cream   Ganache 75 gm (1/3 cup) white sugar 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 150 gm (1 cup) dark compound chocolate buttons   Candied oranges 1 kg white sugar 125 ml (½ cup) fresh orange juice 125 ml (½ cup) dry white wine 1 cinnamon quill ½ vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped ½ tsp cloves 3 oranges, cut into quarters

Method

  • 01
  • For candied oranges, combine all ingredients except oranges in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, add oranges and simmer for 1 hour. Remove oranges and cool, then thinly slice and return to syrup. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until syrupy and oranges are translucent. Cool. Makes 3 cups.
  • 02
  • Combine muscat and figs in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until figs have absorbed muscat. Cool.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Process hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add fig mixture, hazelnuts, chocolate and breadcrumbs and stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased and baking paper-lined 26cm spring-form cake pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer withdraws clean. Cool in pan, remove and place cake on a wire rack over a tray.
  • 04
  • For ganache, place sugar in a heavy-based saucepan over low heat and cook, without stirring, until sugar has melted, add cream and stir. Add chocolate and stir over low heat until melted and the mixture is smooth, then pour over cake, smoothing with a palette knife. Cool. Serve at room temperature with warmed candied oranges and double cream.

"Beaumont's chocolate, fig and hazelnut cake made my trip to the Rutherglen extra special.''
Monica Korecki, Windsor, Brisbane

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