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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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Calamaretti with salsa aglio


You'll need

For deep-frying: vegetable oil 150 ml extra-virgin olive oil To serve: juice of 2 lemons, plus wedges 600 gm small calamari, cleaned and scored, cut into 5cm pieces For dusting: seasoned plain flour 2 bunches small rocket, trimmed   Salsa aglio 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 small floury potato, such as sebago, coarsely chopped ½ onion, coarsely chopped 90 gm young garlic, coarsely chopped (see note) 250 ml (1 cup) vegetable stock 70 gm mascarpone

Method

  • 01
  • For salsa aglio, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add potato and onion, sauté until starting to soften (5-7 minutes). Add garlic, stir occasionally until starting to soften (4-5 minutes). Add stock, reduce heat to low, simmer until potato is very soft (30-40 minutes), remove from heat, cool slightly. Process in a food processor until just smooth, season to taste, fold through mascarpone and set aside.
  • 02
  • Whisk olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl, season to taste and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided frying pan to 200C. Dust calamari in seasoned flour, shake off excess and deep-fry in batches until golden (2-3 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper, season to taste and serve hot with salsa aglio and rocket drizzled with dressing.
Note Young garlic is available from select greengrocers. If unavailable, use half the amount of regular garlic.

This recipe is from the January 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“Would you please ask the team at Canberra’s Italian and Sons to share the recipe for their wonderful calamaretti with salsa aglio? It is simply delicious.”
Tracey Di Marco, Breakfast Point, NSW

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  • Serves 4 people
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