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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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Pineapple coconut cakes with pineapple syrup


You'll need

  Cakes 65 gm butter, softened 75 gm caster sugar 1 egg 90 ml buttermilk 110 gm (¾ cup) self-raising flour 35 gm desiccated coconut 25 gm shredded coconut 40 gm pineapple, finely diced To serve: thinly sliced pineapple   Pineapple syrup 350 gm pineapple, coarsely chopped 130 gm caster sugar 3 limes, juice only 50 ml white rum

Method

  • 01
  • For pineapple syrup, combine pineapple, sugar, lime juice and ½ cup water in a saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until syrupy. Cool, add rum and strain, discarding solids. Cool completely.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, add egg and buttermilk and beat to combine. Stir in flour, coconut and pineapple, then spoon mixture into 10 greased and floured 1/3 cup-capacity brioche or dariole moulds and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and a skewer withdraws clean. Turn cakes from moulds, pour over half the syrup and cool on a wire rack. Serve with remaining syrup and sliced pineapple.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

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Feb 2007

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