Strawberry and Ricotta Tart

Strawberry and Ricotta Tart

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Last week I posted a call on Facebook on which my followers can choose one recipe they want to see next on the blog. The majority has chosen Strawberry Tart so I found myself challenged to come up with a recipe that not only looks good but taste good too, and to require as less baking, cooking as possible. 

 

Therefore, after some search upon tarts I finally came up with a final recipe that I consider a winner. Now after I tasted it, is definitely a recipe that I will make again and again.

 

I didn't want to make a classic crust, adding some ground almonds brought so much more texture to it. That made me consider on adding some almond extract on the filling too, and I am glad I did as it complements so well with the rest of the flavors.

 

I chose a ricotta filling for this tart instead of the classic vanilla pastry cream as wanted a quick recipe that is easy to prepare and could play a little with the flavors. Adding fresh mint, lemon zest and almond extract to ricotta made such a wonderful refreshing filling. Definitely made a perfect pair with the strawberries on top.

 

So here it is, Strawberry Tart, a refreshing decadent dessert perfect for this summer days. This is a  dessert that can be easily made in advance. You can make the crust and filling a day before, and assemble the tart a few hours before serving.

 

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Strawberry Clafoutis

 

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Ingredients
  • Makes about 8 servings
  • Almond Sweet Pastry
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 stick (110 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small (1/2-inch) cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp ice water
  • Ricotta Filling
  • 1 pound (500 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Almond extract
  • Strawberry Glaze
  • 3 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Topping
  • 1 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
Directions
  1. Prepare the sweet pastry. In a large bowl mix flour with sugar and salt. Incorporate butter to the flour, using a pastry blender, a fork or a pastry processor, until crumbs are formed. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix them in. Add water and incorporate into the dough. Wrap it with plastic, press slowly to form a disk and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. On o floured surface or over the plastic wrap roll the dough to a circle with about 1 1/2 inches larger than your tart pan. Lift up the rolled dough and place it on a greased 11 inch tart pan lined with parchment paper. Remove the edges and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180C).
  4. Prick the dough with a fork and line a parchment paper over the dough. Fill with dry beans, rice or pie weights.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and the parchment paper. Return to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Brush the shell with beaten egg and return to oven for 2 minutes more, to seal the shell.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing the shell out of the tart pan.
  8. Prepare the ricotta filling. In a large bowl place the ricotta cheese with sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, almond extract and minced mint. Mix it well and refrigerate until ready to fill the tart.
  9. Prepare the strawberry glaze. Heat the strawberry jam and water and strain it through a sieve. Set aside to cool.
  10. Assemble the tart. After removing the tart shell from the pan (if desired) start filling it with ricotta mixture. Add halved strawberries on top and brush with strawberry glaze. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and refrigerate to cool.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving (about 151 g) - Calories:375, Fat:20.1g, Saturated Fat:10.5g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:38.5g, Sugar:11.9g, Fiber:1.8g, Protein:10.9g, Cholesterol:68mg, Calories from Fat 181, Sodium 309mg, Potassium 188mg, Vitamin A 13%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 19%, Iron 9%, Nutrition Grade C-, Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
On May 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm, Maureen said...
That is springtime on a plate, isn't it? Beautiful.
On May 24, 2014 at 01:00 pm, dina said...
it looks delicious!
On May 24, 2014 at 02:40 pm, Karen (Back Road Journal) said...
Your beautiful strawberry tart would be perfect to serve on the 4th of July…it looks and sounds wonderful.
On May 24, 2014 at 03:50 pm, Liz said...
What a gorgeous tart! Nothing beats fresh, ripe strawberries in the spring...so yummy!
On May 26, 2014 at 06:11 am, Rosa said...
Exquisite! This tart is so pretty and tempting. Cheers, Rosa
On May 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
Loved the video! So many strawberries... I like the combination with ricotta too. Love this summery tart!
On December 30, 2014 at 01:52 am, Gabrielle said...
How much almond extract do you put in??? Still it looks amazing
Re:

I usually add upon taste.. that is why I didn't give an exact measure.. some like it with a stronger flavor some not.. so it's up to your tastes, but you can start from 1 teaspoon. It should be enough.  

On February 18, 2016 at 07:01 pm, strawberry tart said...
I made this with a little twist. I used left over apple dumpling dough, and the syrup by adding some raspberry preserves to it for the glaze. I then used chopped and toasted almonds and just put sugar in the ricotta. It came out great! I loved it. I had just got done making french rolls, and had to use up some leftovers ftom the dumplings, had fresh strawberries and ricotta, and already toasted chopped almonds, and this recipe was close enough to use it all.
On September 14, 2016 at 08:50 am, Julieta said...
When I made this tart everybody loved it! it is just so tasty. Thank you for this amazing recipe :)

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