Raspberry Mascarpone Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust
(adapted from Aglio Olio & Peperoncino)
200 gr (1 cup) digestive biscuits (I used chocolate cookies)
100 gr (1/2 cup) butter, melted
200 gr (1 cup) mascarpone cheese
3 tbsp whipping cream
3 drops natural vanilla extract, or 1/2 tsp vanilla
Confectioner's sugar to taste
400 gr (2 cups) fresh raspberries
2 fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped (optional)
50 gr (1/4 cup) raspberry glaze (which is simply melted raspberry jam)
Blitz the biscuits in the food processor until they form coarse crumbs. If you prefer you can put them in a sealed ziploc bag and bash the hell out of them with a rolling pin. Tip into a mixing bowl, add the melted butter and a tablespoon of water, and work in with your fingertips until clumpy.
Start by spooning about half the mixture in the center of a loose-bottomed tart dish or tin. Using the back of a large metal spoon and your fingers, press down firmly and evenly. Gradually add more mixture as needed to line the base and sides of the pan. Any leftover mixture can be frozen and crumbled over softened ice cream).
Refrigerate the lined pan for at least 1 hour, or overnight if convenient. Whisk together the mascarpone, cream and vanilla, sweeten to your liking with the powdered sugar, and refrigerate until needed. Shortly before serving your meal, spread the mascarpone cream over the chilled tart and return to the refrigerator.
Just before serving, lift the tart carefully out of the pan, and place on a serving dish. Heap the raspberries on top, sprinkle with chopped mint leaves and either dust with more icing sugar if you like, OR use a pastry brush (or a crumpled-up paper towel) to coat the fruit with the raspberry glaze.
Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote
(adapted from A Taste of Italy)
1/2 lb ricotta cheese
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup milk
3 eggs, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat egg yolks with ricotta and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold whites into ricotta mixture. Heat griddle until drop of water sizzles. Cook as regular pancakes.
(adapted from Noble Pig)
11/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and cornstarch, then set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, water and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and stir in lemon juice-cornstarch mixture. Simmer, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes more. Cover and set aside.