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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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Apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

The mix of candied apple and dried apple combined with a sticky cinnamon glaze provides a new twist on an old favourite. These buns are equally good served warm on the day of baking, or several days later, toasted, with lashings of butter.

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Chocolate and cinnamon suspiros


Suspiros is Spanish for sighs, and these biscuits are named, apparently, after the contented sounds nuns made when making these delicate treats. There are several versions of these biscuits; some are more like shortbread and others, such as these, like meringue. We've added a touch of chocolate and one of Spain's most loved spices - cinnamon.

You'll need

120 gm eggwhite (about 3) 120 gm raw caster sugar 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only 1 tsp ground cinnamon 120 gm pure icing sugar, sieved 100 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped To serve: Dutch-process cocoa

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 120C. Whisk eggwhites and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until soft peaks form (4-5 minutes), add caster sugar in a thin steady stream, whisking continuously until stiff and glossy, then whisk in vanilla seeds and cinnamon. Fold in icing sugar, then chocolate and spoon mixture into 5cm-diameter mounds on baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake until dry and lightly coloured (2-3 hours). Turn off oven, cool in oven for 1 hour, then transfer to a wire rack, dust with cocoa and serve. Suspiros will keep, stored in an airtight container, for about a week.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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  • Serves 10 people

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Oct 2009

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