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Quince and cranberry compote and ricotta tart

All the flavours of autumn packaged in one good-looking tart.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs cooking plus resting
  • Serves 8 - 10
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Quince and cranberry compote and ricotta tart


  • 750 gm firm ricotta, drained
  • 100 gm caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 ml Sherry
  • Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • For dusting: pure icing sugar
Pâte sablée
  • 200 gm softened butter
  • 30 gm pure icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 240 gm plain flour
Quince and cranberry compote
  • 2 quinces, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 300 gm caster sugar
  • 3 pieces thinly peeled lemon rind
  • Juice and seeds of 1 lemon
  • 120 gm (1 cup) dried cranberries, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes, drained


  • 1
    For pâte sablée, beat butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer until pale, then add egg yolk and mix until smooth. Add flour and a pinch of salt and mix until just combined. Turn out onto
    a work surface, bring dough together and knead gently (don't overwork). Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes). Knead pastry gently, then roll out to 4mm thick and place in a 22cm-diameter, 4.5cm-deep metal ring mould that has been buttered and dusted with flour and placed on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    For quince jam, combine ingredients, except cranberries, and 250ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir until sugar dissolves, then simmer until quince is tender (10 minutes). Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until mixture has a jam-like texture (1 hour), adding cranberries in last 10 minutes of cooking. Set aside until cool.
  • 3
    Beat ricotta and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth, add eggs, Sherry and vanilla, beat to just combine, then pass through a coarse sieve. Spoon into tart case, level top with a wet spatula, then bake until golden and just set (40-50 minutes). Set aside to cool completely (1 hour), then remove ring and serve topped with compote.