This recipe is loosely based on a dessert with ricotta and hazelnuts my mother and I used to prepare for our sunday family feasts. In lack of tartlet pans, I use my muffin tray for the recipe - if you prefer less crust per serving, make one large tart instead. I ground the walnuts by putting them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a meat mallet. —Sabine
one tart or 12-14 muffin sized tartlets
for the pastry
butter, softened & at room temperature
all purpose wheat flour
for the filling and topping/decoration:
butter (20 g for the walnuts, 75 g for the cream)
Prepare the pastry: Combine all ingredients to a crumbly pastry (with a fork or your finger tips).
Place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
Roll out the pastry on parchment paper (it is kind of crumbly) to fit your pan(s). For a large tart, place dough with parchment paper into pan and cut excess pastry. For small tartlets, cut circles from the rolled out dough with the help of a water glass with appropriate diameter.
Blind bake the dough (pricked with a fork and/or covered with lentils or other ovenproof weights) for 12-15 min at 200°C. Reduce oven heat to 175°C.
For the filling, chop walnuts coarsely.
Heat 20 g butter and icing sugar in a small pan, add walnuts and fry at low to medium heat until golden brown while stirring frequently (takes about 10 minutes). Set aside.
In a fat free bowl, whisk egg whites (at high speed) with a pinch of salt until stiff, 3- 5 minutes.
In another (large) bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow and foamy.
Add softened butter (room temperature) and continue whisking, until mixture is creamy, for about 3-5 minutes.
Add ricotta and orange blossom water.
Gently incorporate walnuts and egg whites with a spatula.
Add filling to the prebaked pastry and bake at 175°C for 20-30 minutes, depending on tart size, or until golden brown. Cool completely before decorating.
For decoration, dilute orange jam with 1 tablespoon water, glaze tart or tartlets with the mixture.
Coarsely ground the chocolate and sprinkle on the tart/tartlets until the surface is generously covered.