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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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Chicken and black truffle vol-au-vents


You'll need

250 gm block of puff pastry 1 egg, lightly whisked 200 gm chicken breast 1 tbsp olive oil 3 golden shallots, thinly sliced 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 1 tsp Tetsuya’s Black Truffle Salsa (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 190C. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 5mm thick and using a 35mm-round cutter press out 24 circles, then using a 25mm-round cutter press the centre out of 12 of the circles to form a doughnut shape. Gently press the remaining pastry circles to make an indentation but without cutting through. Brush indented pastry rounds with egg and press the remaining doughnut-shaped pastry rounds on top. Place on a baking paper-lined oven tray and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 02
  • Place chicken in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat, simmer for 8 minutes, remove from heat and rest chicken in water to cool, then using fingers finely shred chicken.
  • 03
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan, add shallots and cook over low-medium heat for 8 minutes, then add cream, chicken and Truffle Salsa and simmer until reduced to a thick consistency. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon mixture into vol-au-vents and serve immediately.

Note Tetsuya's Black Truffle Salsa is available from David Jones Foodhalls.


At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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Jan 2007

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