This tart is similar to a baked cheesecake. The citrus and spices cut through the richness.
You could also serve piled with berries in the summer season.
- 2 sheets ready-rolled sweet short pastry
- 2 eggs
- 250g cream cheese, softened
- 200g mascarpone cheese
- ¼ cup liquid honey
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- ½ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- 2 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
1 Preheat oven to 190oC. Line a rectangular loose bottom tart tin or 21cm round fluted tin with the pastry sheets and trim to fit neatly. Chill until required.
2 In a food processor, combine eggs, cream cheese, mascarpone, honey, orange zest and nutmeg, and process until smooth and creamy. Pour into the chilled pastry base.
3 Cook for 15-20 minutes until pastry starts to colour, then reduce heat to 160oC and cook a further 15-20 minutes until the pastry is cooked and the filling just set. Cool before slicing.
4 Simmer orange slices in spices, thyme, honey and water for 8-10 minutes until syrupy and fragrant. Spoon over the tart before serving.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author