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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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Sour cherry-chocolate cookies


These cookies are inspired by Sydney's Bourke Street Bakery. We've sandwiched ours with rich ganache. This recipe makes about 18 cookies.

You'll need

260 gm butter, softened 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 150 gm (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 2 eggs 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only 300 gm (2 cups) plain flour 100 gm Dutch-process cocoa 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 140 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped 175 gm (1 cup) dried sour cherries (see note)   Chocolate ganache 100 ml pouring cream 25 ml crème de cacao 250 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Beat butter and sugars in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes), add eggs and vanilla and beat well to combine. Sift over flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and ½ tsp salt, stir to combine, then stir in chocolate and sour cherries. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into rough balls, flatten slightly and place on baking-paper-lined oven trays, leaving plenty of room for them to spread. Bake until puffed and starting to set (8-9 minutes). Cool slightly on tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will puff while baking and flatten while cooling.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate ganache, bring cream and crème de cacao to the boil in a small saucepan, remove from heat, add chocolate, stand for 1 minute, stir until smooth. Cool until thick and spreadable (1-2 hours), then sandwich pairs of cookies together with ganache and stand until set. Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Note Dried sour cherries are available from select delicatessens and online at pariyafood.com.


At A Glance

  • Serves 18 people
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  • Serves 18 people

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Jun 2009

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