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Sunday Magazine Recipe: Cannoli Tart

I clearly remember the first cannoli I ate at Auckland's renowned Italian restaurant Coco's Cantina. It blew my mind. My tart version is perhaps less labour intensive than the traditional individual cannolis, but embodies all the same flavours and, with its dusting of cocoa, is just as decadent.

Cannoli Tart

Serves 8-10

For the pastry
110g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
pinch of fine sea salt
200g plain flour
40g icing sugar, sifted

For the filling
2 cups ricotta
1 organic egg
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp orange zest 
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
60g 70% dark chocolate chips 

For dusting
1 tbsp good quality cocoa powder 

Preheat oven to 170C fan bake, and put a baking tray on the bottom shelf to heat up. Grease a 20cm pie or tart tin with a removable base.

First, make the pastry. In a food processor, combine all ingredients. It should just come together as a crumbly dough, so do not over mix. Press pastry into the greased pie/tart tin – you want a thin layer along the bottom and up the sides. You may have a little pastry left over, which you can wrap up and refrigerate.

Next, make the filling. In the food processor, blend all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. 

Carefully place tart on hot baking tray and cook for around 25-35 minutes, or until crust is golden and the filling has puffed. 

Allow tart to cool fully before removing it from the tart tin and placing on a cooling rack.

Once tart is completely cool, dust with cocoa power using a fine mesh sieve.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Photo: Emma Boyd