South African Peach and Spiced Ricotta Tart

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Nov. 22, 2012


For the shortcrust pastry
Butter 115 Gram , softened
Caster sugar 75 Gram
Egg yolk 1
Vanilla extract 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt 1/4 Teaspoon
Plain flour 185 Gram , sifted
For the spiced ricotta
Ricotta 450 Gram
Ground cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground ginger 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground cardamom 1/4 Teaspoon
Egg 1
Caster sugar 40 Gram (plus extra for dusting)



1. Preheat oven to 180ºC, fan 160ºC, gas mark 4.


2. For the shortcrust pastry - Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and creamy (3-5 minutes). Add yolk, vanilla and salt, mix until just combined. Add flour, mix until just combined, wrap in cling film, pat into a flat, round disc. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Roll pastry between two sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick. Remove top layer of baking paper, invert into a 20cm (8 inch) diameter tart tin. Remove remaining baking paper and using your fingers, lightly press the pastry into the sides of the tin (do not worry if it is a bit crumbly). Trim edges to fit and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Make a cartouche (a circle of baking parchment) and line in the tart tin. Add some cereamic baking beans inside to weigh down the pastry and ‘blind bake’ (ie. without filling) until pale golden (about 15 minutes). Remove cartouche and bake until crisp (4-5 minutes). Cool on a wire rack.

5. Meanwhile, combine nectarines, sugar and water in a bowl, toss to coat. Place nectarines, cut-side up, on a baking paper-lined tray and roast until soft and golden (10-12 minutes).

6. When cool enough to handle, cut into wedges and set aside.

7. For the spiced ricotta - Beat ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth (1-2 minutes). Spoon into pastry case.

8. Arrange nectarines on top, scatter with extra sugar and bake until just golden and firm to

touch (20-25 minutes).


9. Cool to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 724Calories from Fat 359

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 41 g63.1%

Saturated Fat 25 g125%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 238 mg9.92%

Total Carbohydrates 71 g23.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 29 g

Protein 18 g36%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet