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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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Chewy salted caramel chocolates


You'll need

250 gm white sugar 250 ml (1 cup) double cream 60 gm liquid glucose (see note) 30 gm butter 200 gm dark chocolate (66% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Place sugar, cream, glucose, butter and 3 tsp of sea salt in a heavy-based pan, stir over medium-heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and boil until mixture reaches 118C on a thermometer (7-8 minutes). Divide among 24 lightly buttered mini-muffin moulds and stand until firm (3-4 hours).
  • 02
  • Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, spoon over each caramel and stand until set. Remove from moulds and store on a single layer in a baking paper-lined airtight container for up to 5 days.
Note Liquid glucose is available from select supermarkets, health food stores and cake supply stores.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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