Wait until you try this, you wont believe how good it is. Simple yet delicious.
Torta Ricotta is an Italian dessert. Torta Ricotta translates to Ricotta Cake in English, however it is more like a soft baked cheesecake texture than a cake.
For the filling 500 grams of orginal ricotta cheese
2 egg yolks
60 grams of raw castor sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to dust
4 strawberries to garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius or 160 degrees fan forced.
To make the pastry place plain flour, self raising flour, custard powder, sugar and butter into a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Next add the egg and iced water and process until dough just comes together.
Shape the pastry into a ball before covering
Shape the pastry into a ball and cover the bowl of in plastic wrap; Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
For the filling whisk egg yolks and sugar together then add in vanilla and ricotta and mix well until all combined.
The ricotta filling
To roll out the pastry, place a large sheet of baking paper down and cover with a second sheet.
Roll over the pastry with a rolling pin until desired thickness has been reached. About 30 cm is what I had to make sure it covered the base of the pie dish.
Pastry should be about 30 cm
To check this once pastry has been rolled out turn your pie dish upside down and hold it over the pastry to make sure it is all covered.
To lay the pastry simplly peel off the top layer of baking paper gently, then sit the pie dish on the pastry. Slide a hand underneath the pastry and lift up the pastry and pie dish and flip it over.
Gently remove the paper and light press the pastry in.
Using the back of a knife cut off the excess pastry, and use some to fill in any places where the dough is a bi thin. If there is any.
Next using a fork gently press it around the edges of the pastry.
Press around the edges of the pastry with a fork
Add the filling to the pastry and smooth out on top.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
Add in the filling and smooth the top
Allow this to cool before refrigerating over night.
When cooked allow to cook before refrigerating
Cut into 6 or 8 slices, sprinkle a little powdered sugar over the top and serve with half a strawberry.
This can also be served warm if left to cool for 15- 20 minutes and gently cut and removed from the pie dish. I like it both ways warm or chilled.
For a lighter dessert it can also be made with light ricotta cheese.