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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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Chocolate-caramel tart


You'll need

  Caramel 275 gm (1¼ cup) caster sugar 110 ml pouring cream 135 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped   Sweet pastry 100 gm unsalted butter, softened 100 gm pure icing sugar 2 eggs 270 gm plain flour   Chocolate truffle ganache 225 gm dark chocolate (64% cocoa solids), finely chopped 1 cup pouring cream 3 egg yolks 20 gm caster sugar

Method

  • 01
  • For sweet pastry, beat butter, icing sugar and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer until pale, add eggs and mix. Add flour, mix until just combined, then turn onto a floured surface and form into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick, line the base and sides of a 25cm-square tart tin (see note), trimming edges to 2cm high and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Blind bake for 15 minutes, remove weights and paper and bake for another 10 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cool, then remove from tin and place on a tray.
  • 02
  • Combine sugar and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook for 8-10 minutes or until dark-caramel in colour, remove from heat, carefully add cream, butter and 1 tsp sea salt (mixture will spit) and stir. Return to heat and cook for 3 minutes or until smooth, then pour into pastry case and refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
  • 03
  • For ganache, combine chocolate and cream in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until melted. Combine yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl and whisk over a saucepan of simmering water for 6 minutes or until thick and pale. Remove from heat, fold through chocolate mixture and whisk, using an electric mixer for 6 minutes or until cold. Pour over caramel mixture and refrigerate for 2-3 hours until set. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.
Note For a rectangle tart, halve this recipe and use a 11.5cm x 34cm fluted tart tin.

At A Glance

  • Serves 16 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 16 people

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Apr 2007

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