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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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Pickled beetroot with creamed goat's cheese and pine nut vinaigrette


You'll need

2 (150gm each) beetroot, peeled 250 ml (1 cup) sugar syrup (see note) 75 ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 golden shallot, finely chopped 250 gm soft goat’s cheese (see note) 50 gm crème fraîche 1 tbsp thinly sliced chives To serve: baby chard, mizuna cress or chervil   Pine nut vinaigrette 50 gm pine nuts 50 ml grapeseed oil 50 ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Combine beetroot, sugar syrup, vinegar and 1.5 litres water in a saucepan, cover and cook gently for 2 hours or until tender. Cool.
  • 02
  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat, add shallot and ½ tsp sea salt and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft, without colouring. Transfer shallot to a bowl, add goat’s cheese, crème fraîche and chives, season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large plain nozzle.
  • 03
  • For pine nut vinaigrette, fry pine nuts in oil in a small frying pan over medium heat until golden. Strain and reserve nuts and oil separately. Place vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced to a third (about 15ml). Repeat with 100ml beetroot cooking liquid and cook for 15 minutes or until reduced to a third. Combine reduced vinegar, reduced beetroot liquid and reserved oil in a bowl, whisk to combine and season to taste.
  • 04
  • Cut beetroot into 3mm-thick slices, then, using a 4cm round cutter, cut rounds from slices. Arrange 3 beetroot discs on each plate, pipe 1 tbsp goat’s cheese mixture onto each disc and top with another disc. Drizzle with vinaigrette and scatter with pine nuts and cress.
Note To make sugar syrup, combine ½ cup white sugar and ½ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and bring to the boil, then cool. Warren Turnbull prefers to use Kervella soft goat's cheese.

"Would you ask chef Warren Turnbull from Sydney's Restaurant Assiette for his pickled beetroot and creamed goat's cheese recipe?"
Rachel Stein-Holmes, Balmain, NSW

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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