Mango Pistachio Ricotta Tart

This Mango Pistachio Ricotta Tart is for The Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. This is how it works: Every month, you get to scour the blog of another member of the club (assigned to you by Amanda), and pick out and cook or bake any recipe from that person’s blog. And of course, it’s a Secret. Until the big reveal, that is.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I received this month’s assignment. Excited and scared witless at the same time. You see, Amanda assigned me one of the most beautiful blogs out there, and a blogger I adore, who also bakes some of the loveliest creations you can imagine: Deeba of Passionate About Baking.

She was also one of my very early Twitter friends, and talked me through my first macarons. And second, and third, and fourth, until I finally got the magical “feet”! “Deeeeeeeba! Feet! I’ve got FEET!” was the cry heard ’round the Twitterverse, and Deeba was right there with her “happy dance”, even though she lives in India. Deeba is, indeed, passionate about baking. Her gorgeous photography and stories and family updates, make you feel like you’re sitting at her kitchen table, having a cup of coffee and a chat.

I think it was kismet, in a way, that I was assigned Deeba’s blog. Just a week ago, our August mangos, an Indian variety called “Neelum”, started ripening. Of course, I had to find something on PAB that would be appropriate. First I toyed with one tart recipe that used plums. Then, just when I thought it was settled, last Monday Deeba posted a recipe for Peach Pistachio Ricotta Cheesecake Tart. I substitute mangos for peaches all the time, but would she even recognize her recipe by the time I was done with it?

Normally, I would just tell you what I did differently and point you to my assigned blog’s recipe. But, since I made some fairly major “adaptations,” I will give you the recipe as I made it.

First, I decided early on that I would not make the pate sucree – the sweet pastry dough for the crust. These days, I just don’t have the counter space to roll it out. (I have to work on that. And soon!) Instead, I did a riff on a crumb crust, including the important elements from Deeba’s recipe: the oatmeal and the pistachios. I also used part-skim, store-bought ricotta, but used heavy cream instead of her low fat cream, so I think the fat kind of balanced each other out. Then after making the conversions from metric to “American” (LOL!), I decided to cut her recipe in half (hers yielded one 12″x 4″ rectangular tart, plus two 3″ round tarts), and made one 10″ round tart. The uncooked filling was very thin and I knew it wouldn’t support the top layer of fruit, so I half-baked the filled tart, removed it from the oven, placed the reserved mango slices and chopped pistachios on top, then baked it the rest of the way.

The results: Outstanding! It’s like the lightest, creamiest cheesecake, ever. And if you’re anything like me, well, cheesecake ought to be its own food group, don’t you think? The summery flavor of the mangos, paired with the crunch of the pistachios, and against that creamy, dreamy backdrop, were just sensational. And yes, you can throw almost anything in that crust. Who has to know that it’s actually a little bit healthier with the addition of the oatmeal and pistachios? Plus, the little green flecks of pistachio in the crust make it so pretty! I might even save a slice for the husband when his mouth heals from his recent oral surgery.

And then again, I might not.

Mango Pistachio Ricotta Tart

Ingredients:

For the crust:

14 two-cracker sheets of soda crackers

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/3 cup pistachios

2 Tbs. natural cane sugar

pinch of salt

3 Tbs. butter, melted

For the filling:

2/3 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

6 Tbs. heavy cream

1 large egg (at room temperature)

2 1/2 Tbs. natural cane sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbs. cornstarch

1 medium mango, peeled and sliced

Topping:

1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 Tbs. mango jam, melted

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Place all of the ingredients for the crust, except the butter, into the bowl of a food processor and process until everything is finely ground and well mixed. Add the melted butter and pulse, until the mixture looks like very wet sand.

Press the crust mixture firmly into a 10″ tart pan (I used a glass one, but the metal ones with removable bottoms are just fine), evenly and up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and set aside.

In the meantime, clean your food processor bowl and blade, and make the filling:

In the bowl of the food processor place the ricotta, cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract. Process until everything is smooth. Add the cornstarch and run the food processor a few more seconds.

Now, assemble the tart:

Take half of the mango slices (and pieces – you can’t fool me) and place them on the bottom of the tart crust. Save the pretty slices for the top – just use the ones that didn’t work out so well, here. No one’s going to see them.

Pour the filling over the mango pieces and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven, place the reserved mango slices on top, then sprinkle with the chopped pistachios. Return the tart to the oven and bake an additional 20 – 25 minutes, or until the tart is set.

Brush the melted jam over the fruit while the tart is still hot. This step will make the fruit look – and stay looking – shiny and appealing.

It was really fun, searching through another blogger’s recipe posts for inspiration and a different point of view. Wanna play? Join the Secret Recipe Club here.

Now follow along and see who got who – I can’t wait to see who got me and what they chose to make from my eclectic collection. Will it be a dessert? A main course? A 30-minute family meal? Let’s find out together!

By RJ Flamingo

19 Comments

  1. 1
    August 15, 2011

    Loved your post and your tart. I love Deeba, her blog, and what you did to this recipe. It looks and sounds wonderful. Great job on the SRC pick!

  2. 2
    August 15, 2011

    Mangoes on this tart sound perfect.If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime ChickenLisa~~Cook Lisa Cook

  3. 3
    August 15, 2011

    What an unusual combination of flavors. So pleased to have found your blog on Creative Culinary today.

  4. 4
    August 15, 2011

    I recently did a crostata using a crust, ricotta filling and fruit. It was simply the best dessert we've had all summer…so this makes my mouth water; I can almost taste it!

  5. 5
    August 16, 2011

    May I say "Teh awesome"? Tehee Renee, just got here for Barbara's blog and called you the flamingo canning queen, and also said to B how wonderful it was that we made some of our best foodie friends on twitter! Then I get here and *BLUSH*…you are too kind dahlin' girl, just too kind! Thank for for baking out of my blog, and one of my fave cheesecakes. Love the twists and the result…delicious! Doing my happy feet dance once again! Merci!!

  6. 6
    August 16, 2011

    Ooooh, forgot to say I love the elephant tablespread!

  7. 7
    August 16, 2011

    Ooooh, mangos and pistachios are such a good combo. This tart looks fantastic!

  8. 8
    August 16, 2011

    Looks delicious and love the mangos and pistachios! Deeba's blog is so fun to browse through with all the beautiful food she makes!

  9. 9
    August 16, 2011

    This sounds delicious. I'm such a sucker for anything with pistachios. and who am I kidding…mango and ricotta too! Great recipe!

  10. 10
    August 16, 2011

    You are lucky to have gotten Deeba. She is a talented baker and I see you are, too. I love mangoes and combining them with pistachios makes a great tart.

  11. 11
    August 16, 2011

    What a beautiful cake!

  12. 12
    August 16, 2011

    This looks delicious! I will definitely add this to my must make list. I'm in Group B and can't wait til reveal day next week!

  13. 13
    August 16, 2011

    What a great SRC recipe. This tart sounds delicious, I want a slice!

  14. 14
    August 16, 2011

    The mango is a wonderful touch! This tart looks like the perfect fruity dessert :)

  15. 15
    August 16, 2011

    Oh you sure were assigned a great blog. Awesome pick, the tart looks fab!

  16. 16
    August 17, 2011

    mmmmm…. love me some mango!!

  17. 17
    August 19, 2011

    Beautiful, Renee! I love the changes you made–they worked out so well! Yes, cheesecake should be a food group, shouldn't it?

  18. 18
    August 22, 2011

    That sounds really tasty.Thanks for sharing about what you made :)JenniferFor Such a Time as Thiswww.jennifersikora.com

  19. 19
    April 4, 2012

    This looks simply stunning Renee! I adore pistachios so you had me hooked and reeled me in!

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