Saturday, June 6, 2009

Orangery Pine Nut Tart

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely, easy to prepare tart that's wonderful to serve to friends who know and love good food. The shell is made from a sweetened short pastry and the filling is a lightly orange flavored custard that's made with cottage cheese and pine nuts. This is a great recipe to have on hand for those occasions when you want something that will set you apart from the crowd. It's sweet, but barely, and the pine nuts give it an unexpected texture. The tart is based on one that is popular in Italy. I hope you'll give it a try.

Orangery Pine Nut Tart ...From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cot in 1/2-inch dice
1 tablespoon water
1-1/4 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Grated zest of 1 large orange
1 cup pine nuts

1) To make pie shell: Place flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and rub butter between fingers until crumbs form. Add water and mix with a fork until a soft dough forms.
Wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
2) On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to fit a 9-inch loose bottomed tart pan. Prick dough all over with a fork and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
3) Line shell with foil and filled with rice or dried beans and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove foil and filler and cook for 15 minutes longer. Transfer to a cooling rack. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
4) To make filling: Place cottage cheese, cream, eggs, sugar, grated orange zest in a bowl. Beat to combine. Fold in 1/2 cup pine nuts. Pour filling into prepared shell.
Sprinkle top with remaining pine nuts. Bake for 35 minutes, or until just set. Cool slightly before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from Fantastic Food - Chocolate and Baking


noble pig said...

It sounds awesome. I love the idea of the orange. Beautiful Mary.

Heather S-G said...

That is just simply beautiful, Mary!! I bet is an understated slap-in-the-face...fwap. Pine nuts and orange sound like such a lovely combo :)

Mariana said...

This tart does sound different. I actually add orange zest to my sweet pastry for an extra added zing. I really like the combination of this filling.

PS. I would love for you to pop
over for a visit please Mary, as I have a little surprise in store for you.

theUngourmet said...

Mary, this looks and sounds delicious. I've never had anything like it. I love pine nuts in recipes!

Selba said...

The tart has beautiful orange color. Simple but sounds delicious :)

Katy ~ said...

Oh my word, Mary, does this look good. Love oranges and pine nuts and I'll bet the combination is heavenly in this delicious sounding recipe. Will save for a special occasion.

figtreeapps said...

I had a tart with pine nuts in Italy many years ago..Ive been dreaming about it ever since..perhaps Ill give yours a go. Figtreeapps

Penny said...

Sounds like we are on the same wavelength. I wish I had blind baked my pastry. Mariana is right. Orange zest is great. Your tart looks so lovely.

Lori said...

This sounds delicious. And I just love pine nuts.

Carolyne said...

Oh that odes look scrumptious!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Carolyne, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll visit with us often.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

This sounds really different. I think the orange zest sounds so good. Thank you for your visits and for leaving such nice comments on my blog.


Viviana said...

This looks lovely. Because I don't care for cottage you think it might work with ricotta?

Mary Bergfeld said...

Viviana, it will work very nicely with ricotta cheese.

Donna-FFW said...

Pine nuts and orange sounds like a wonderful combination!

Lisa said...

Sounds really different and intriguing! Do you think it would work with ricotta cheese or cream cheese instead of the cottage cheese?

Mary Bergfeld said...

Lisa, this would definitely work with ricotta. Not with cream cheese - you need something with a lighter consistency. I suspect a Greek yogurt cheese or Quark could also be used.

Creative Classroom Core said...

I LOVE pine nuts, but have never tried them this way - sounds so tasty!

Great pics!

La Bella Cooks said...

Beautiful! I love the orange filling with the pine nuts. It really sounds delicious.

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