In this tart the chocolate comes in a deliciously short pastry
and chunks through the ricotta filling.
110 gmalmonds110 gm(½ cup) caster sugar500 gmfirm ricotta30 mlmuscat1eggFinelygrated rind of 1 orange, juice of ½100 gmdark chocolate (65% cocoa solids), finely chopped2ripe beurre Bosc pears, each cut into 5 or 6 wedges20 gmplain flour10 gmsoftened butterChocolate pastry150 gm(1 cup) plain flour55 gm(1 cup) pure icing sugar, sieved30 gm(¼ cup) almond meal25 gmDutch-process cocoa, sieved, plus extra to serve (optional)130 gmchilled butter, diced1egg yolk
For chocolate pastry, process dry ingredients and a pinch of sea salt in a food processor to combine, add butter and process until fine crumbs form. Add yolk, pulse until mixture starts to come together, turn onto a work surface and bring together with the heel of your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface, then press into the base and sides of a 24cm x 3cm deep tart tin. Trim edges and refrigerate to rest (1 hour). Prick base all over with a fork, then blind-bake until edges darken slightly and become crisp (6-8 minutes). Remove baking paper and weights and bake until base is crisp (4-5 minutes), then set aside.
Blend almonds and sugar in a food processor until almonds are coarsely chopped, then set aside a quarter of the mixture in a bowl. Add ricotta, muscat, egg, rind and juice to remaining almond mixture, blend to combine, add chocolate, stir to combine, then spoon into tart case. Smooth top and arrange pear wedges on top.
Add flour and butter to reserved almond mixture, rub to form a crumble texture, scatter over pears and bake until topping is browned and filling sets (40-45 minutes). Cool to room temperature and serve dusted with cocoa, if you like. Best eaten on day of making.