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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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Baked muscatel creams with muscat caramel


You'll need

100 gm dried muscatels 175 ml muscat 300 ml each of heavy cream (45% fat) and pouring cream 50 ml milk 6 egg yolks 55 gm light brown sugar   Muscat caramel 250 gm caster sugar 75 ml muscat

Method

  • 01
  • Combine muscatels and 125ml of muscat in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until muscat is absorbed (6-8 minutes). Set aside.
  • 02
  • Combine creams, milk and remaining muscat in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until sugar dissolves, pour cream mixture over and whisk to combine. Strain into a jug and skim bubbles from surface.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Divide muscatel mixture among six ¾ cup-capacity ovenproof bowls, pour over custard and place in a tea towel-lined roasting pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of bowls, cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake until just set (50-55 minutes). Remove from water bath and stand for 10 minutes.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, for muscat caramel, combine sugar and 80ml of water in a small saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Cook, while brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals forming, until dark caramel in colour (6-8 minutes). Remove from heat, add muscat and 80ml of water (be careful, mixture will spit), return to heat and stir until combined. Set aside. Makes about 200ml.
  • 05
  • Pour warm muscat caramel over warm muscatel creams and serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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