How about apples and mascarpone cheese? I made a melt in your mouth tart adding a bit of ricotta too. Mascarpone is like a thick double cream used in a variety of dishes. Desserts made with mascarpone are particularly delicious, think for example of tiramisu' where mascarpone is a key ingredient. When I went to a Giovanni Rana's ravioli masterclass he used ricotta mixed with mascarpone and spinach as a filling for the ravioli. The filling was incredibly tasty.
When I go to the dairy in Italy I usually buy fresh mascarpone made on the day but there is no way I can find it in the UK where I live, so the supermarket one will have to do.
For this pie you need to make the shortcrust pastry first then spread a little jam on it and fill it with a delicious mix of mascarpone cream in between a layer of apples.
This is one of those cakes you will make over and over again. The combination of apples with a rich cream like mascarpone is just amazing. This is proper comfort food!
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 45 minutes
- Yield : 8
- For the pastry:
- plain flour (sieved) - 200 g - 1 + ¾ cup + extra to sprinkle
- butter - 100 g - ½ cup
- egg - 1
- sugar - 60 g - ⅓ cup
- vanilla essence - 1 tsp
- For the topping:
- apples - 2 (about 300 g or 1 + 3/4 cup of peeled apples)
- egg - 1
- sugar - 70 g - 1/3 cup
- mascarpone cheese - 300 g - 1 + 1/3 cup
- ricotta cheese - 150 g - 2/3 cup
- lemon zest - of 1 lemon
- jam - 2 tbsp
Peel and slice the apples.
Make the pastry. Put the flour on your worktop, add the egg, the vanilla, the sugar and the softened butter. Working quicky combine the ingredients and make a smooth ball. Add a little extra flour if the pastry feels too sticky.
With a rolling pin roll the pastry and place it on a round well greased baking tin measuring approx 25 cm or 9.8 inch diameter. Prickle the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Bake it for 10 minutes at 180C or 350F.
In a bowl work together the mascarpone with the ricotta cheese, the egg, the lemon zest and the sugar.
Remove the pastry from the oven, let it cool down for a few minutes then spread the jam on the bottom. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top then place the apples on it and finally the remaining mixture levelling well.
Bake at 180C or 350F for approximately 35 minutes until nice and golden on top.
Remove from the oven and let it cool down before serving it.