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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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Baci semifreddo


You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

9 egg yolks 250 gm caster sugar Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla paste 20 ml Frangelico 200 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), melted, plus extra to serve 2 tbsp Dutch-process cocoa, sieved 600 ml thickened cream 250 gm crème fraîche 150 gm roasted hazelnuts, skins removed, coarsely chopped To serve: maraschino cherries (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Line a 2 litre-capacity mould with plastic wrap or baking paper.
  • 02
  • Whisk yolks, sugar, vanilla seeds and Frangelico in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until mixture is tripled in volume, thick and pale and holds a ribbon (4-5 minutes).
  • 03
  • Transfer semifreddo mixture to an electric mixer and whisk until cool (2-3 minutes). Add chocolate and cocoa and mix to combine.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, whisk cream and crème fraîche in a bowl until soft peaks form.
  • 05
  • Fold one-third into egg mixture to loosen mixture, then fold through remaining cream and hazelnuts.
  • 06
  • Spoon into container, cover, freeze until firm (6 hours-overnight). Makes about 2 litres.
  • 07
  • Serves scoops of Baci semifreddo drizzled with extra melted chocolate and topped with a maraschino cherry, if you like.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

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Jan 2010

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