Creamy ricotta tart with pine nuts

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time70 mins
  • DifficultyMedium
225g plain flour
50g granulated sugar
140g pine nuts, toasted
Pinch salt
115g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
120ml water
245g ricotta cheese
170g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2) In the bowl of a food processor, pulse flour, 25g sugar, 70g pine nuts, and salt until finely ground. Add the butter. Pulse dough just until it comes together.

3) Place the dough into an 28cm-diameter tart pan with a removable bottom and press down to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Refrigerate until the dough is firm, about 30 mins.

4) Line the tart shell with aluminium foil and fill with baking or dried beans. Bake the tart shell in the lower third of the oven until just set, about 25 mins. Carefully remove the foil and beans. Bake until the tart shell is lightly golden, about 10 mins. Cool completely.

5) Combine the remaining 25g sugar with the water in a small saucepan over low heat. You don't want to boil the water, you just want to heat it so that the sugar can dissolve thoroughly. Stir until the sugar dissolves and remove from heat.

6) In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the ricotta cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, and process until smooth. With the machine running, add the sugar syrup in a thin steady stream and process until smooth.

7) Pour the custard into the tart shell and bake until the filling is almost set, about 20 to 25 mins. Scatter the remaining 70g toasted pine nuts atop the filling. Bake until the custard is set, about 10 mins longer. Let the tart cool completely before serving.

8) The tart can be wrapped in cling film and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Return the tart to room temperature before serving.

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