Summer is the perfect time to prepare Peach and Ricotta Tart, an exceptional Northern Italian dessert and a favorite at Venetian cafes. Seriously tasty and luxurious while being very economical.
Peach and Ricotta Tart

Peach and Ricotta Tart
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If you desire, substitute pistachios for Almonds, but use almond extract. You may replace the peaches with apricots or even poached pears (in winter).
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
  • 2 1/2 Cups flour
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup nuts, finely chopped
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 8 Tablespoons sweet butter in pieces
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon rum
  • 4 Tablespoons ice water
  • 5 medium ripe peaches
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 Cup ricotta
  • 1 Cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons peach or apricot liquor
  • 2/3 Cup apricot jam
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients. Lightly beat yolks with rum and stir into flour mixture with a fork. Add ice water to make a dough. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  1. Blanch peaches in boiling water, peel and cool. Reserve 1/2 of the peaches for topping in center, slicing the remaining peaches.
  2. Sprinkle with lemon juice that has been mixed with 1 Tablespoon confectioners sugar.
  3. Butter a 10" tart pan. Roll out the dough, line pan, pressing dough into place and pierce with a fork. Trim excess dough from edge. Line with wax paper and weight down with beans. Bake 15 minutes in a preheated 425 degrees F oven. Remove wax paper and weights and bake 5 more minutes.
  4. Combine ricotta and sugar in a food processor until smooth, adding the cream slowly until whipped. Add almonds and vanilla and pour into the shell. Place the reserved 1/2 peaches on top and arrange slices all around the edge. Combine the liquor and preserves in a small sauce pan, heat slightly and drizzle on top.
  5. Chill completely.
In Italy, early summer is when the delicious white peaches are harvested. Many of these are used for Bellini cocktails, while others are used to make this exceptional dessert. Whether the peaches you use are white or golden, this is a delicious treat at the end of your meal. Perfect for entertaining, too.

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