Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chocolate-Ricotta Tart

I’m a big fan of Giada De Laurentiis; she’s one of my favorite celebrity chefs on the Food Network. Every now and then, while trying out her recipes they might not hit the mark, but most of the time they are great, especially her sweets! When I saw this recipe I knew it would be delicious. This chocolate-ricotta tart has a creamy, smooth chocolate filling and a nutty crust, who wouldn’t love that?  Not to mention that I love tarts! I love the fluted sides, they are always so pretty, and make the dessert look fancy, even if it wasn’t really the hardest thing to make. Go ahead and make a tart and impress and your family and friends.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons cornmeal 
3/4 cup pine nuts (I used sliced almonds because I didn’t have the pine nuts), plus 3/4 cup, toasted (about 8 ounces in total) 
1/4 cup sugar, plus 3/4 cup 
Pinch salt 
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 
1/2 cup water 
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups) 
3/4 cup ricotta cheese 
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 
1 large egg 
3 large egg yolks 


Blend the flour, cornmeal, 3/4 cup pine nuts, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse, just until the dough forms. Press the dough over the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of an 11-inch-diameter tart pan with a removable bottom. Refrigerate until the dough is firm, about 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Line the tart dough with aluminum foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake the tart shell in the lower third of the oven until just set, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and pie weights. Bake the shell until golden, about 10 minutes longer. Cool completely. 

Combine the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cool the sugar syrup slightly. 

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate over very softly simmering water. 

Pulse the ricotta cheese and cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add the egg and egg yolks, 1 at a time, and process until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and process until combined. With the machine running, add the sugar syrup in a thin steady stream and process until smooth. 

Pour the custard into the tart shell and bake until the filling is almost set, about 30 minutes or until the custard has set. Scatter the remaining 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts on top of the filling. Let the tart cool completely before serving. 

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

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