Amaretti and Ricotta Tart

Amaretti and Ricotta Tart

By 11/03/2013

Italians love tarts. I grew up eating "la crostata" all the time. There are so many types of them: there are beautiful ones filled with multicoloured fruit, yummy ones with chocolate, with ricotta cheese, almonds, custard..and so many more to satisfy every palate.

What I find so irresistible about them is the crunchiness of the shortcrust pastry which combined with a yummy filling is the perfect treat to have at any time of the day.

To make a good shortcrust pastry I always use good quality butter, preferably organic one. Never use margarine or other cheaper types of fat or it will just spoil its final taste.

Over the weekend I made this amaretti and ricotta tart as my daughter suggested we used up some amaretti biscuits we had in the cupboard. The pastry turned out crunchy and crumbly and the filling had a delicate almondy taste. A good cup of English tea was just the perfect match for it!

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Put the flour, lemon zest, egg, salt and sugar on your working top. With a fork mix your ingredients up


Add the diced butter and with your hands shape it quickly into a ball. If it feels sticky put it in the fridge for 15 minutes

working with your hands

Flatten the pastry with a rolling pin


Now lay it on a round baking tray leaving aside a small quantity of pastry for decorating. Putting the pastry on the tray in one go can be tricky as it is very fragile. I usually do it with my hands a little bit at a time

putting in mold

In a bowl put the eggs, sugar, ricotta and cornflour and crushed amaretti. Mix well then add the milk


You will need to make a semi-runny mixture. Add extra milk is you think the mixture is too dry

Italian amaretti and ricotta tart

Pour it over the tart

Italian amaretti and ricotta tart

With a pastry cutter make some long stripes with the remaining pastry


Lay them over the tart and decorate to your taste

Italian amaretti and ricotta tart

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 C. Let it cool down and dust with a little icing sugar.

Italian amaretti and ricotta tart

Italian amaretti and ricotta tart

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10 Responses to Amaretti and Ricotta Tart

  1. Caroline Taylor

    This looks so good, it’s almost a shame to cut into it! Would love to try a slice.

    • Alida

      Thank you Caroline!

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Deliziosa questa crostata, ideale per cominciare la giornata alla grande! Ciao

  3. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    A fabulous looking tart Alida, looks like a piece of art for me – and i would love a slice!!:) x Ozlem

  4. Mich Piece of Cake

    I have never had an amaretti tart before and it sounds really delicious. I imagine it would go so well with the ricotta cheese.

  5. gloria

    Alida this look delicious, I love this tart and love ricotta!

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie!

  6. unikorna

    This is simply amazing Alida, you are getting better and better at this blogging business. I can almost taste that tart :).

    • Alida

      Thank you Petronela 😉

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